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A Bloody Victory

The Irish at War’s End, Europe 1945

Dan Harvey

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Post D-Day, with the Allies on the newly created ‘Second Front’ driving fast eastwards beyond Paris, and the Russians on the ‘Eastern Front’ pressing westwards, the fervour of the fanatical Fascist Nazi Regime remained undiminished. For the Third Reich it was intolerable to believe that they must now concede. Instead of ending the war and suing for peace, the levels of hostility, hatred, and horror heightened, and the brutality, viciousness and terror increased. The resistance to the Allied advances across Europe, first towards, then within, Germany intensified, and every inch of the Fatherland was bitterly contested. With the Allies, in their thousands, were the Irish.

A Bloody Victory unearths these people from the corners of Irish history and transports them back to the D-Day beaches and the bridge at Arnhem, to the frozen landscapes at the Battle of the Bulge, the banks of the River Rhine, to the unimaginable horrors of Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald concentration camps, and finally to the ruinous Battle of Berlin.

There was no one individual ‘Irish narrative’ in the Second World War, but there was a narrative of Irish Individuals, and in A Bloody Victory, Dan Harvey pays due tribute to their significant contribution.

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Allies, Pegasus Bridge, Military strategy, British Army, Rundstedt, Irish Defence Forces, Abbaye d'Ardenne, The Dirty Dozen, Irish codebreaker, No Better Place to Die, Sword Beach, United States Army, Saint-Lô, Peacekeeping, Enigma code, Hitler, The Quiet Man, Ranville War Cemetery, Chaplains, Erwin Rommel, The Longest Day, Épron, Legion d'Honneur, Special Operations Executive, Bouncing Betty, French Resistance, bomber plane, counter-intelligence, modified tanks, Saint-Charles-de-Percy, Cold War, air power superiority, Bayeux, Second World War, Rhine Crossing, Dieppe, Bernard Law Montgomery, Churchill, War, Casablanca Conference, Utah Beach, Far From the Short Grass, Sainte-Mère-Église, battle of attrition for Normandy, Irish agents, military planning, Landing Craft Tank, codebreaking, Spielberg, US Army, Gestapo, Lord Killanin, Luftwaffe, paratroop, Bridge Too Far, St Leger Aldworth, Hermanville War Cemetery, Royal Navy, Battle of Britain, Military history, German Army, RAF, Pathé, Battle of the Bulge, OB West, Liberation, Five Came Back, WWI, liberation of Paris, Caen, Carl Spaatz, Atlantic Wall, Stalingrad, U-boats, First World War, An Cosantóir, Operation Overlord, Michael Morris, Military Cross, Mulberry harbours, BIGOT, Carentan, D-Day, Museum of Man, El Alamein, To Hell and Back, friendly fire, Victoria Cross, Band of Brothers, Juno Beach, supply line logistics, bocage, Cambes, Gold Beach, Sonnenburg, Belsen, Goebbels, Hitler Youth, Robert Capa, D-Day landings, Emergency Powers Order, Liverpool 8th Irish Battalion at War, War casualties, Ardennes Offensive, Luckenwalde POW Camp, D-Day invasion, German POWs, Legion of Merit,, Canadian Army, Eisenhower,, WWII, International Red Cross, aircraft, Unforgiven, POWs, Saving Private Ryan