Lloyd George boasted that he had “murder by the throat” in a London Guildhall speech on 10 November 1920. He had flooded Ireland with troops, Black and Tans, Auxiliaries, secret service, touts and informers. Eighteen months later after the Truce and Treaty the British left Ireland defeated by the counter espionage of the people in the shadows who exposed the undercover agents and frustrated their efforts. The whole country was permeated by agents ready to oppose the Dail and its army. In response two hundred of these agents were killed in the course of eighteen months. This book investigates the Irish War of Independence in the shadows, shedding light on espionage, cooperation and collaboration.
Newly released material from the Military Archives used in the book
- Reveals the names of 700 alleged enemy agents at the time of the Truce
- Includes names of British secret service and two agents missed at the Standard Hotel on Bloody Sunday.
- Crown Forces operated assassination gangs throughout the country to kill Republican activists and militants
- IRA men were casual about security often with deadly consequences
- IRA was infiltrated by traitors
- Comrades refused to believe that they were at risk.
- Famous names had dubious connections indicating they had a dual role.
- Much more opposition to Republicans than popularly believed
Brand new copy, published March 2020. Edward J Bourke is the author of a number of books on diverse aspects of Irish history, including a multi volume series on Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast , and the history of the Guinness Brewery.
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This is a thoroughly researched account of a highly contentious aspect of Ireland's War of Independence. A good narrative, backed by extensve use of sources, holds the reader's attention. Well illustrated. An important analysis. Appendix 1 gives much food for thought and an agenda for further work.