The Black and Tans
Although they were only a small proportion of British forces in Ireland, they were the toughest, wildest and the most feared. They knew nothing and the cared nothing about Ireland. They were sent there in March of 1920 by Lloyd George's Coalition Cabinet to make it "a hell for rebels to live in". They could arrest and imprison anyone at any time. They murdered civilians. They wore a strange mixture of dark green tunics, khaki trousers, black belts and odd headgear, including civilian felt hats. The Irish named them after a famous pack of wild dogs in C. Limerick - the Black and Tans. Richard Bennett's book is an accurate and authoritative account of an ugly and harrowing period in Anglo-Irish history - a period that the English have struggled to forget and the Irish cannot help but remember.
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Review: The Black and TansUser Review - Mary Buchholz - Goodreads
Having a grandmother that was just a child tell me stories of her young life in limerick city during this time makes it all so much more real... Read full review