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Guerilla Days in Ireland by Thomas Barry
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Apr 24, 09

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Read in April, 2009

This read in part like an adventure book, it was so exciting. But at the core it's just stipped down version of the events of the guerilla tactics being used against the British in West Cork in 1920-21. It is probably the author's personality that makes it so entertaining. He is a sometimes funny, unpolitical (I didn't say apolitical) ordinary soldier engaged in the only the tactics the could succeed in a fight between unevenly matched forces. I liked his generosity in descibing his comrades, even the ones who ended up on the opposite side in the civil war; and indeed one of the best things about the book is his evenhandedness - there is no civil war bitterness at all to be found in this book. Not only that but he gives credit to the British soldiers who behaved in an honourable fashion and don't burn out civilians, torture prisoners etc. It goes without saying that in the days of the Auxies and Black and Tans that those were in the minority.

Anyway I'd recommend this to anyone with even a passing interest in Irish or general military history. It's a fast, easy read and you might learn something for if you ever need to hide in the bushes and snipe at imperialists.
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