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The Black and Tans

by Richard Bennett - £14.99  Tempus Publishing Ltd (2001)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781862270985 | ISBN 10: 1862270988

Although they were only a small proportion of British forces in Ireland, they were the toughest, the wildest, and the most feared. They knew nothing and they cared nothing about Ireland. They were sent there in March of 1920 by Lloyd Georeg's Coalition Cabinet to make it "a hell for rebels to live in."
 
They could arrest and imprison anyone at any time. They murdered civilians. They wore a strange mixture of dark green tunics, khaki trousers, black belts, and odd headgear, including civilian felt hats. The Irish named them after a famous pack of wild dogs in Co. Limerick - The Black and Tans.
 
Richard Bennett's book is an accurate and authoritative account of an ugly and harrowing period in Anglo-Irish history - a period that the English have struggled to forget and the Irish cannot help but remember.

(Price & availability last checked: August 2018)

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