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Guerilla Days in Ireland: A Personal Account of the Anglo-Irish War Paperback – October 28, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-1568331966 ISBN-10: 1568331967

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Roberts Rinehart (October 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568331967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568331966
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,534,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry's book has long been an international classic... heartily recommended. (Irish Independent )

...worth reading, re-reading, having and holding...well-described action and feeling, what happened and why. (Irish Press )

About the Author

Tom Barry was born in 1898. He fought on the Republican side of the Civil War and in the late 1930s was Chief of Staff for the IRA. He died in 1980.

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Anyone who ever rooted for an underdog will be heartened by this story.
D Sparkman
Anyone interested in understanding the mindset of Irishmen bent on taking a stance and fighting for what they believe in, will be well rewarded for reading this book.
Bran Dubh
The book is a detailed telling of the activities of the West Cork brigade and flying column during the Irish war of independance.
Marc McElligott

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bran Dubh on July 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
The incredible career of Tom Barry and that of the West Cork Flying Column is an inspirational example of what virtually untrained volunteers fighting for their families and their country can achieve, even in the face of overwhelming odds. The British had over 12,500 men in West Cork chasing after about 310 IRA Volunteers...and never defeated them. Barry discusses many military topics and personal thoughts which the student of Irish warrior traditions will find extremely helpful. Members of many guerrilla movements around the world have read and profited from the lessons in this book including Che Guevera (whose last name was "Lynch" thanks to his Irish grandfather) and the early Jewish guerrillas in the Irgun and Lehi. Anyone interested in understanding the mindset of Irishmen bent on taking a stance and fighting for what they believe in, will be well rewarded for reading this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By An admirer of Arthur Guinness on January 7, 2008
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For the third reviewer : you don't need to be English , Russian , German or American to understand and condemn nazi or stalinist atrocities ; similarly , you don't need to be an Irishman to realize Britain's unfair , oppressive and intolerant rule of Ireland , not yet finished by the way . There's ample historical evidence of all kinds of wrong doing by the British during their centuries-long illegal occupation of Ireland , denial of elementary basic rights to the Irish (catholics obviously)and the establishment of an unnatural separation of the North from the South that it is still unresolved .

Like any other country in the world , Britain has had brilliant pages in history and also dark , shameful ones , with their handling of the Irish case probably being the worst - to day .

As for the book , I'll only say this : don't miss the opportunity to learn how a small group of determined men (basically peasants)were led with brilliance to defeat a much bigger , stronger and modern army . Probably much to the dismay of some , still today .
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This on the scene writer grimly reveals the unbelieavable atrocities the English purpetrated on the Irish people in this century. This book is a beginning to the understanding of the relations between the English and the Irish. The actions taken by armed mercenaries, English military, and English puppet police against the Irish people in their own country is appalling and brings to mind Hitler's treatment of the Jews in Europe twenty years later. A must read for all who seek an understanding to the Anglo/Irish situation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Mosher on November 3, 2010
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Tom Barry fought with the British Army during the First World War, the Irish Republican Army during the war with England (1919-1921), and the anti-Treaty forces of the IRA during the Irish Civil War (1922-1923). Imprisoned by the Free State government in Dublin for his role in that civil war, he nevertheless returned to the ranks of the IRA and served as its Chief of Staff in the 1930s. He published these memoirs in 1949, at a time when Ireland was, at last, a Republic that until recently had been under the leadership of Eamon DeValera, Barry's longtime leader in these conflicts.

In an interesting historical moment of irony, the author heard the news of the 1916 Easter Rising the following May, as he served with the British Army expedition in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) as that army attempted but ultimately failed to relieve a British Army besieged in the city of Kut by Ottoman Turkish forces. By the summer of 1919, having returned to his native Cork from the war, Barry was inspired by that 1916 Rising to first learn more of his own country's history and its struggles with England, and then to join the Irish Republican Army just as the volunteers were re-arming and resuming their drilling to defend the Irish Republic created in the wake of the 1918 general election.

The IRA in this period found a number of its most important leaders and its most effective fighters from "rebel" Cork, and the fighting pursued in the fields, lanes, and city streets of County Cork made it the most important arena in the contest between Irish Republicans and the "forces of the crown." Prominent names were also to be found among the British commanders that Tom Barry and others would face in Cork.
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By B. Purdy on January 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book provides a candid personal history of the Irish struggle for independence from Great Britain during the period 1916-22. The author was leader of the I.R.A.'s most successful 'Flying Column', which consisted of a small group of guerrillas who through constant movement and opportunism successfully harried an overwhelming force of British troops in County Cork. The tactics used by these flying columns were in due course emulated in conflicts around the globe.

This book is strongly recommended for students of Irish history and guerrilla warfare. Furthermore, it provides valuable insights to all who are both fascinated and frustrated by the 'Troubles'. Essential reading for all Irish persons.
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Excellent, Riveting, Professionally written, one hell of a good read for anyone who is into military history, Irish history, or contemporary European history in any way shape or form!

One thing though, if your not a student of the Irish form of English, there are a few points and phrases that you will need your Wikipedia app for translation into the American form and phraseology (i.e. an "Mills Bomb" in common American English is a Hand Grenade).

Go For It, you'll enjoy it!
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