This account of the War in Ireland breaks new ground because it makes available for the first time the history of the 5th Division in Ireland from 1920 to 1922, their account of the War of Independence and how they fought it. Containing original photographs and information not previously published, this book outlines the work of British soldiers as they combed the countryside for the IRA, the role of the RAF and aerial reconnaissance in the campaign. Also included is the British view on famous encounters such as the Partry Ambush and the burning of Ballinlough RIC Barracks, and of famous IRA leaders, such as J. J. McKeown, 'the gallant blacksmith of Ballinalee'. The 5th Division has fought in almost every theatre of every war since its formation in 1906. It suffered considerable casualties in the First World War and few lived to serve in Ireland. It remains in service today, based in Shropshire. During the Irish War of Independence it controlled most of Central and Western Ireland. This is a unique and valuable history, backed up with appendices containing a wealth of information, that will fascinate all those who are still intrigued by this struggle.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations ix Author's Note xiii Introduction xv The History of the 5th Division 1920 to 1922 xxi Chapter I: Introductory: Prior to January 1920 1 Chapter II: The Hunger Strike Period: January-May 1920 15 Chapter III: The Introduction Of Martial Law in the South, June 1920-December 1920 Chapter IV: January 1921, to date of The Suspension Of Activites,A" 11 July 1921 Chapter V: From 11 July 1921, to March 1922 106 Chapter VI: Training, Sport and Education 128 Chapter VII: Some of the Lessons of 1919-22 138 List of Appendices I Distribution of Troops in 5th Divisional Area on 1 November 1919 II Order of Battle and Location List, 5th Division, December 1919 III 5th Division Operation Order No. 1 163 IV Armoured Cars and Tanks 168 V Health of Troops, 1920 -21 171 VI Defence of Clara RIC Barracks, 2 June 1920 173 VII Organisation of Brigades and Battalions, IRA as believed to exist in September 1920 in the 5th Division Area VIII Notes on the Administration of DORA and ROIR 181 IX 5th Division Location Return for Week Ending 25th December 1920 X 5th Division Standing Orders for Armed Parties moving by Lorry and for Lorry Convoy XI Searchlights and Aldis Lamps 197 XII Report on the Burning of Ballinlough Police Barracks 199 XIII Report on Attack on a Motor Boat Patrol on Lough Ree, 17 October 1920 XIV 5th Division Area Situation -February 1921 207 XV GR Public Notice: Restoration of Order in Ireland Regulations XVI Notes on the Administration of Internment Camps, with particular reference to Rath Internment Camp, The Curragh XVII 5th Division Instructions for Armed Parties on Trains in Ireland XVIII Narrative of Operations of the Cavalry Column, 26 May to 20 June 1921 XIX Recommendations for Awards for Service in Ireland 244 XX 5th Division Location Return, 16th July 1921 246 XXI Interpretation of the AgreementA" by GOC, 5th Division 255 XXII Proposals for safeguarding the passage of two Royal Naval Launches by the River Shannon from its Estuary to Athlone XXIII Composition of 5th Division, December 1921 261 XXIV Notes on Training 271 XXV 5th Division Memorandum on Winter training, 1920-1921 274 XXVI Notes on Guerrilla Warfare in Ireland 280 A Biographies of the 5th Division Senior Officers 287 Endnotes 304 Index 308
DR WILLIAM SHEEHAN is an honours graduate of University College Cork and he has an MA in history from the Open University. From Kanturk in County Cork, he has worked in the Health Services and has recently completed a PhD on the British Army in Ireland during the Irish War of Independence. This book is the final volume in a trilogy that includes British Voices (2005) and Fighting For Dublin (2007). His PhD thesis, A Hard Local War will be published by The Collins Press in 2010.