Heroic Option: The Irish In The British Army

Front Cover
Pen & Sword Military, 2005 - History - 331 pages
0 Reviews
It is a curious paradox that, while for many centuries there has been deep antagonism between the British and the Irish, the latter have fought the former's wars with exemplary courage and tenacity. This has never been better demonstrated than when, as a result of the Irish regiments' superb service in the South African War (Boer War) at the end of the 19th Century, Queen Victoria ordered the formation of the Irish Guards in 1900 as a mark of the Nation's gratitude. Even after the trauma of Partition, Irishmen continued to serve in Irish regiments in large numbers and the tradition continued today. Indeed during the Second World War a very significant number of the most influential generals were of Irish extraction. Selling Points: * Will appeal strongly to past and present members of Irish regiments in the UK, Ireland and elsewhere. * A fitting memorial to those Irishmen who fought and often died in the service of the British Army. * A superb account of Britain's military history from an unusual perspective.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Chapter Two The Wars with France in North America
Chapter Three The Irish in the Peninsular War North
Chapter Four The Irish The British Army and the Early

7 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Jean Bowen directed professional development at The Howard School in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also served as principal. She developed educational material that focused on strategies to help students make competent and successful decisions about their own learning. Over the last 25 years, she has presented workshops on topics related to locus of control to various organizations in the United States, China, and Canada, and has lectured on the subject at McGill University in Montreal. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Carol King, M.Ed., is the Director of Special Services for the Torah Day School in Atlanta. She has presented workshops on music and learning disabilities at the International Conference of Learning Disabilities Association, State Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, and Georgia Independent Schools Association Conference. She lives in Doraville, Georgia. Marianne Hawkins, M.Ed., directs the Assessment and Family Education Center at The Howard School in Atlanta, where she designs and implements comprehensive language communication and speech services. She gives presentations to local, national, and international professional audiences.

Desmond Bowen, Ph.D. is Professor of History at Charleton University Ottawa. He is the author of "The Protestant Crusade in Ireland 1800-70" (1978); "Souperism: Myth or Reality?" (1971); and "The Idea of the Victorian Church" (1968).

Bibliographic information