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The Irish on the Somme

by Michael MacDonagh

This narrative is concerned chiefly with the three distinctively Irish units of the New Armies engaged on the Western Front--the Ulster Division, the Irish Division (representative of the south and west), and the "Tyneside Irish," in which Irishmen living in the north of England enlisted. It also deals incidentally with the Irish Regular regiments of the Line, and with that numerous body of Irishmen serving in English, Scottish and Welsh battalions and in the Anzacs and Canadians.


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