`Step Together': The Story of Ireland's Emergency Army 1939-1946 As Told by Its Veterans

`Step Together': The Story of Ireland's Emergency Army 1939-1946 As Told by Its Veterans

Ireland adopted a neutrality policy during the Second World War which was locally known as 'The Emergency'. At the outbreak of the war, Irish defence forces were in a poor state; hence the creation of the Emergency Army. This fully illustrated oral history is an anecdotal and often funny account of the time. Based on the author's interviews with the men who served in 'The Emergency', giving immediate eyewitness accounts of recruitment, training and serving in the army. It includes the national 'Call to Arms', basic training, the equipment; 'Shoots' by Coast Artillery and in the Glen of Imaal; flying the planes; social events; the 'down' side; 'major manoeuvres' and parades and finally 'Stand-down'. Illustrated with rarely seen black and white photographs, and some unique colour photographs taken at the time.

Author:
Donald MacCarron
Author Bio:
Authors:
Donald MacCarron
Isbn13:
9780716526193
Isbn10:
0716526190
Physical:
Hardcover
Publisher:
Irish Academic Press
Pubdate:
February 1999
Edition:
Table Of Contents:
Foreword
Preface
The Storm Breaks1
The Making of a Soldier6
'Queen of Battles'10
'The Jildy File'24
Guarding the Capital30
Troopers' Tales35
The Glorious Gunners49
Sailors58
'Saygulls'65
Bird's Eye View69
'Now Thrive the Armourers'80
'Redcaps'82
'Top Brass'85
'Flagwaggers'90
Turf Times94
Keep 'Em Rolling!100
Cuisine, Cooks ..... and Chaplains104
Dad's Army113
The Corporal's Tale121
Sappers124
The Forging of a Field Formation132
From Bad to Verse143
'Spearhead' versus 'Thunderbolt'146
Alarums and Excursions162
Demob170
'T' for Tattoo174
Postscript177

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