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The IRA in Britain, 1919-1923'In the Heart of Enemy Lines'$
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Gerard Noonan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380260

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380260.001.0001

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Supplying an Army

Supplying an Army

Gunrunning in Britain, January 1919–July 1921

(p.84) Chapter 2 Supplying an Army
The IRA in Britain, 1919-1923

Gerard Noonan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter studies republicans’ most important activity in Britain during the war of independence: the acquisition and smuggling of firearms, explosives, ammunition and war material of every sort to Ireland. All aspects of the topic are covered including the main figures concerned, the sources they tapped, the types, quantities and cost of the materiel they acquired, the storage of the weapons, their transport to Ireland and distribution to IRA units in the field. Financial and personnel problems are explored. Disagreeing with Iain Patterson, the author contends that gunrunning in Britain through official and unofficial republican channels played a major role in keeping the IRA in Ireland on its feet.

Keywords:   Ammunition, Explosives, Firearms, Gunrunning, Irish Republican Army

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