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.