By Ian S. Wood

ISBN-10: 0748623272

ISBN-13: 9780748623273

For Britain the second one global battle exists in renowned reminiscence as a time of heroic sacrifice, survival and supreme victory over Fascism. within the Irish nation the years 1939-1945 are nonetheless remembered easily as 'the Emergency'. ireland used to be one of the small states which in 1939 selected to not remain out of the struggle yet one of many few capable of continue its non-belligerency as a policy.

How a lot this owed to Britain's army unravel or to the political abilities of Éamon de Valera is a key query which this new ebook will discover. it is going to additionally study the tensions Eire's coverage created in its kinfolk with Winston Churchill and with the us. the writer additionally explores propaganda, censorship and Irish kingdom safety and the measure to which it includes mystery co-operation with Britain. nerve-racking matters also are raised just like the IRA's courting to Nazi Germany and ambivalent Irish attitudes to the Holocaust.

Drawing upon either released and unpublished resources, this ebook illustrates the war's influence on humans on either side of the border and indicates the way it did not get to the bottom of sectarian difficulties in Northern eire whereas elevating greater the limitations of bewilderment among it and the Irish kingdom throughout its border.

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81 As its numbers dwindled, the army’s ethos also became more conspicuously Roman Catholic. Masses, pilgrimages and other public devotional acts became common. Even so, the morality of serving soldiers remained suspect and, in 1926, the Catholic press accused the army of, in effect, encouraging contraception by limiting its cash allowances and accommodation to enlisted men with four children only. 82 One significant decision made in this period came with Fianna Fa´il’s arrival in power after the 1932 Da´il elections.

3 Even as the matter was being debated, intensive work was under way to upgrade and enlarge anchorage, fuelling and supply facilities at Londonderry and on Lough Foyle which would soon become crucial to the brutal and attritional war to keep open Britain’s Atlantic lifeline. Equally important for convoy protection was the parallel expansion of Royal Air Force bases in Northern Ireland. All this helped to counterbalance the loss of the ports and, in January 1941, Churchill gave a qualified view of their importance to Lord Cranborne, the Secretary of State for the Dominions: I do not consider that it is at present true to say that possession of these bases is vital to our survival.

53. W. S. Churchill, The Second World War, Vol. 1: the Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948), p. 216. 54. Lord Moran, Winston Churchill: the Struggle for Survival 1940–65 (London: Constable, 1966), p. 473. 55. Fisk, In Time of War: Ireland, Ulster and the Price of Neutrality, pp. 43–4. 56. R. Fanning, Independent Ireland (Dublin: Helicon, 1983), p. 121. 57. T. Salmon, Unneutral Ireland, p. 119. 58. Ryle Dwyer, Eamon de Valera, p. 110. 59. Ibid. 2 E´ire’s Emergency, Britain’s War There are several thousand British war graves on Irish soil.

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