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Carsons Army: The Ulster Volunteer Force, 1910-22

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The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) was established in January 1913, as a militant expression of Ulster Unionist opposition to the Third Home Rule Bill. It built on the foundations of pre-existing paramilitary activity and, at its height in early 1914, reached a strength of 100,000. During the Great War the UVF provided the basis of the 36th (Ulster) Division and in 1920 the ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published May 30th 2012 by Manchester University Press (first published May 1st 2012)
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Brian Curragh
Nov 01, 2016 Brian Curragh rated it it was amazing
A thorough academic review of the force that was the military expression of Ulster Unionism - a force that was essentially "a poorly armed military force but a very well armed police force" with a fundamental disconnect between the activities of UVF HQ and the county committees and locally based regiments. With distinctly patchy military effectiveness but a social make-up that did represent the society it originated from, the UVF played an important but not definitive role in the establishment ...more
Leif Bodnarchuk
Mar 19, 2014 Leif Bodnarchuk rated it liked it
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The book claims on the back cover, "will interest any general reader interested in modern paramilitary forces." The subject matter is indeed interesting; the early days of the UVF, what's not to like? It's such a pity though, this book doesn't make for an interesting read for a general reader, ie me.

It's terribly long winded in places, with some sentences carrying so many clauses and acronyms, the 'general' reader will go over the same sentence three or four times before understanding.

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