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Ulster Will Fight Volume 1

Home Rule and the Ulster Volunteer Force 1886-1922

Author : David R Orr, David Truesdale

Ulster Will Fight Volume 1 : Home Rule and the Ulster Volunteer Force 1886-1922


General - Pages : 360 | Images : 300 photos

Hardback - Date of Publication : April 2016 | Size : 245mm x 170mm | ISBN : 9781910777626 | Helion Book Code : HEL0627

The various attempts at Home Rule for Ireland ultimately culminated in the Third Home Rule Bill which directly contributed to the creation of the Ulster Volunteer Force. The UVF spanned not just the geographic rural and urban Protestant Ulster from the Atlantic coast of Donegal to the shipyards of east Belfast but also the diverse political ideals of individuals. By the outbreak of the Great War it had become an rganisation of armed volunteers, the first to use motorcycle despatch riders and motor transport on a large scale and the first to use armoured lorries in street patrols. It was also one of the first in the twentieth century to recognise the varied role for women in warfare against a backdrop of a rise in women's suffrage in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The importance, role and significance of the existence of the UVF are well summed up in Sir Winston Churchill’s book, ‘Great Contemporaries’, that “if Ulster had confined herself simply to constitutional agitation, it is extremely improbable that she would have escaped forcible inclusion in a Dublin Parliament.” This book tells both the story of the Home Rule period and the Ulster Volunteer Force formed in response to the Home Rule crises. An important period in Irish politics and history this book draws on a number of first-hand accounts, contemporary newspaper reports, UVF papers and records from the Somme Museum. It is illustrated by a number of images never before published.


“ … An important addition to the history of the Great War. It is a work standing head and shoulders above many lesser books which have undeservedly reaped sales benefits during the last thee plus years of the Great War publishing fest.” Stand To! Journal of the Western Front


“ … this is a detailed narrative which makes best use of certain underexploited resources to bring the human story of the division vividly to life.” Newsletter of the Society of the Friends of the National Army Museum


“ … These authors write with great knowledge and authority on the military history of Northern Ireland. In their hands, and in these handsome volumes, the centenaries of the Irish Revolution and the Great War, as these touched Ulster, have been well commemorated.” The Irish Sword

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