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Irish Battaljons - Irish Regiments

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 10 Mei 2012 13:51    Onderwerp: Irish Battaljons - Irish Regiments Reageer met quote

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http://www.greatwar.ie/ire_batir2.html

http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/eng/Taoiseach_and_Government/History_of_Government/1916_Commemorations/Irish_Soldiers_in_the_First_World_War.html
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BerichtGeplaatst: 16 Mei 2012 21:50    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

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The Irish Divisions in the British Army 1914 to 1918:
The regular British Army was not prepared for war in 1914, altogether it had only six divisions. General Kitchener, who was a Kerryman (once called 'an accidental Irishman'), set about raising a new volunteer army. The British high command had sent the regular army to France in August and it was practically destroyed at Mons. It was imperative they recruit a new army. The target Kitchener set was 100,000 men. The first army of Kitchenerís volunteers were known as known as K1, the second army was known as K2, the third known as K3 and so on up to K5.

In Ireland, the first batch of volunteers to answer Kitchenerís call were put into the service battalions of the Irish Regiments which made up the 10th (Irish) Division. These regiments and battalions were, 5th Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment (18th Foot); 6th Battalion the Royal Irish Rifles; 5th Battalion the Connaught Rangers; 6th Battalion the Leinster Regiment; 6th and 7th Battalion the Royal Dublin Fusiliers; 6th and 7th Battalion the Royal Munster Fusiliers; 5th and 6th Battalion the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; 5th and 6th Battalion the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

The number 10 was simply the 10th Division in the territorial numbering system the British used to number their army divisions, thus there was the 9th (Scottish) Division, the 10th (Irish) Division and the 11th (Northern) Division, etc.

Kitchener had a high regard for the fighting qualities of Irish soldiers. He disliked politicians, particularly politicians with their own armies. He was very suspicious of both the Ulster Volunteers and the National Volunteers. He regarded the National Volunteers as little better than rebels. To arm them in any way was tantamount to rendering aid and succour to the kingís enemies. Kitchener was only interested in attracting Irish recruits for the regular army. Kitchener rejected Redmondís offer to form an Irish Army to fight along side the English, Scottish and Welsh troops. Forty years after the end of the Great War, Hubert Gough wrote of Kitchenerís rejection of Redmondís offer. ĎKitchenerís refusal added a bloody page to Irish history.í The initial three Divisional Commanders Kitchener appointed to these new Irish Divisions were all Protestant Irish Unionists. The Dublin Fusiliers had battalions in the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions, they had none in the 36th (Ulster) Division


integraal gekopieerd van het document dat je in de eerste link kan downloaden; leek me wel een interessante aanvulling Smile
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