The Black and Tans: Br...
The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence, 1920-1921
by D.M. Leeson
This is the story of the Black and Tans and Auxiliaries, the most notorious police forces in the history of the British Isles. During the Irish War of Independence (1920-1), the British government recruited thousands of ex-soldiers to serve as constables in the Royal Irish Constabulary, the Black and Tans, while also raising a paramilitary raiding force of ex-officers - th...more
(first published September 5th 2011)
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Leeson's study is far broader than its title suggests, encompassing not just the Black and Tans, but the relayed Auxiliaries as well. Overall he provides an interesting corrective to some of the mythology surrounding the Black and Tans, making the case that they were not the "jailbirds" and traumatized First World War veterans of popular mythology, and that many of the atrocities associated with them were often committed by the veterans of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Yet some of the author's a...more