Spring 2015 - PRINT


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This issue features an interview with Irish Defence Forces Company Quartermaster Sergeant Jimmy Clarke. Jimmy served with the United Nations (UN) in the Congo during the early 1960’s. The United Nations mission in the Congo was one of the first large scale operations by the UN in Africa. It was also the first large scale overseas deployment of Irish Defence Forces personnel. Still a young man Jimmy explains how many of his comrades had never been outside of Dublin let alone on a plane. After a gruelling flight the peacekeepers found themselves thrown straight into the ten day battle of Elizabethville.

The spring issue also features articles on Cork born Major General Patrick Cleburne who fought for the Confederate States during the American Civil War. Leading historian on the Irish in the American Civil War, Damian Shiels gives an insight into this remarkable Cork solider that progressed from company commander in Arkansas to commander of a Corps in the Army of Tennessee. Cleburne was a brilliant Corps commander and was one of the few Confederates who advocated arming slaves to fight for the south.

Many who fought in wars never spoke again of their experiences. This can make tracing your relatives who fought in either the First or Second World War is not always easy. Dublin man Willie Whelan gives a fascinating account of how he traced his grandfather’s military record through the Boer War and on into the First World War. Willie’s grandfather, Christy, served with the Royal Irish throughout the war. After being badly wounded at Mons in autumn 1914 Christy was transferred to India.

This issue also includes articles on the Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Emer, the 6th Battalion Connaught Rangers ‘Belfast Nationalists at War’, the Irish Military Vehicle Group, the Mayo Peace Park, the ANZAC database, and a selection of images from the Irish Defence Forces Military Archives.




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