This pioneering study, first published in 1995, retains its rank as one of the most powerful histories ever written about Irish involvement in World War 1. This year, the centenary of the war, sees its timely re-publication as the Irishmen who fought in that war re-enter the national memory after decades of indifference and hostility. The gradual softening of attitudes over the last twenty years amid great historic change on the island of Ireland, is due in no small part to the efforts of historians, such as Myles Dungan, to tell thousands of forgotten stories.
Drawing on the diaries, letters, literary works and oral accounts of soldiers, Myles Dungan tells some of the personal stories of what Irishmen, unionist and nationalist, went through during the Great War and how many of them drew closer together during that horror than at any time since. This volume deals with a selection of the most important battles and campaigns in which the three Irish Divisions participated.
Table of Contents
1. The Old Contemptibles
2. Gallipoli: the V Beach landings
3. Suvla Bay
4. The Drury Diaries
5. 1 July, 1916: the 36th (Ulster) Division and the Battle of the Somme
6. The 16th (Irish) Division at the Somme
8. 1918: From Calamity to Closure
About the Author
Myles Dungan is an Adjunct Lecturer in History at the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin. The Presenter of The History Show (RTE Radio), he is also a distinguished author of fiction and non-fiction.