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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:38 pm
This may have been mentioned by others elsewhere - but JF Lucy's "There's a Devil in the Drum" makes mention of meeting one of the NCOs involved in executions after the rising and the turmoil he was facing as an Irishman. He also refers to an officer returning to a unit - and knowledge travelling beforehand of this man's role in the 1916 events and suggests the fact that he never made it out of no man's land in his first attack may have been down to being shot by his own men.
Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:50 pm
Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:11 pm
Conventional bullets were designed to be lethal in quantities of one, at considerable range, so why would there have been any need for a firing squad, in numbers and at short range, to employ any kind of modified ammunition?
Is it known what kind of rifle/bullet Michael Collins was shot with? German surgeons, encountering wounds inflicted by the British Mark VII .303 bullet in the early months of the war, certainly thought they were seeing the effects of modified ammunition, and the Germans continued to protest that the Mk VII jacketed bullet, with its lead core and separate aluminium or composite tip section, was a 'dum-dum' design.
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Posted 15 May 2011 - 12:05 pm
Not sure if it's still relevant to you but a Field Correspndence Book Army Book 152 was used by officers to send messages, orders or seek information. The pages were perforated for easy separation and the officer kept a carbon copy for his own security (see attached example) Regards Martin
Piley, what is a field correspondence book?
Posted 15 May 2011 - 02:16 pm
May I ask for some advice? I'm going to London next week and hope to spend a couple of days in Kew looking at the archives about the Rising, for my biography of my grandfather, Thomas MacDonagh, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic (this last added for those who haven't read the whole thread).
I'd like to post here to ask if anyone can direct me to specific files or folders - what part of the forum would be the best place to put such a posting? This Ireland subforum, or another, or both? Thanks in advance for the kind help I know you're going to give me, as you have before.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 11:37 am