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Until recently the military record of Belfast nationalists inWorld War One was a part of this City’s hidden history. The revised edition of this book seeks to assist the renewed and growing interest in this important part of nationalist history that lay for decades in the shaded margins of contemporary historical events. New political circumstances in our society have made Until recently the military record of Belfast nationalists inWorld War One was a part of this City’s hidden history. The revised edition of this book seeks to assist the renewed and growing interest in this important part of nationalist history that lay for decades in the shaded margins of contemporary historical events. New political circumstances in our society have made it easier to address the questions of why so many young nationalist men of that time enlisted in regiments of the British Army in 1914–1915, hundreds of them in the 6th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers alone. Through researching factual historical accounts of the period, and recalling the human stories of some those who enlisted, a clearer picture of the influences, political and social, that impacted and motivated people of that time is documented.


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Until recently the military record of Belfast nationalists inWorld War One was a part of this City’s hidden history. The revised edition of this book seeks to assist the renewed and growing interest in this important part of nationalist history that lay for decades in the shaded margins of contemporary historical events. New political circumstances in our society have made Until recently the military record of Belfast nationalists inWorld War One was a part of this City’s hidden history. The revised edition of this book seeks to assist the renewed and growing interest in this important part of nationalist history that lay for decades in the shaded margins of contemporary historical events. New political circumstances in our society have made it easier to address the questions of why so many young nationalist men of that time enlisted in regiments of the British Army in 1914–1915, hundreds of them in the 6th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers alone. Through researching factual historical accounts of the period, and recalling the human stories of some those who enlisted, a clearer picture of the influences, political and social, that impacted and motivated people of that time is documented.

3 review for The 6th Connaught Rangers: Belfast Nationalists and the Great War

  1. 5 out of 5

    SerjeantWildgoose

    This a short but hugely important volume. Published by the 6th Connaught Rangers Research Project of Belfast's Falls Road, it draws together a number of short essays on the Belfast nationalists who served in a battalion of the British Army during the Great War. The new vigour and empathy that the Decade of Centenaries has brought to Ireland's interest in her Great War soldiers cannot diminish the courage that was needed to champion this too long hidden part of northern nationalism's history; the This a short but hugely important volume. Published by the 6th Connaught Rangers Research Project of Belfast's Falls Road, it draws together a number of short essays on the Belfast nationalists who served in a battalion of the British Army during the Great War. The new vigour and empathy that the Decade of Centenaries has brought to Ireland's interest in her Great War soldiers cannot diminish the courage that was needed to champion this too long hidden part of northern nationalism's history; there are still those in Ireland who disclaim this part of their heritage and would use violence to suppress it. Drawing on contemporary newspapers and personal letters The 6th Connaught Rangers tells the stories of some of the men from west Belfast who chose to fight in khaki. It explores why they chose to do so and what those who came back faced in an Ireland torn asunder by its own war. The contributing authors are all nationalists - some of them republicans - and their interpretation reflects a nationalist viewpoint. This is vital to any full understanding of the often mythologised narrative of the Great War and how it remains such an emotive and often divisive issue in Northern Ireland today.

  2. 5 out of 5

    darren patton

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul Malone

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