The Burning of Cork

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Mercier Press, 2006 - History - 255 pages
On the night of 11 December 1920 Cork City was to experience an unprecedented night of terror and destruction at the hands of the British forces of law and order. The Irish War of Independence was raging out of control and Cork was in the eye of the storm. It was a guerrilla war fuelled by reprisal and counter reprisal - the city streets became the battleground of a bloody and personalised war of attrition. With over five acres of the city destroyed and an estimated 20 million pounds worth of damage, the burning of Cork is recognised as the most extensive single act of vandalism in the entire period of the nationalist struggle. The burning of Cork cannot be regarded as an isolated incident. In the nine months leading up to the night, Cork city witnessed an ever escalating cycle of violence as attacks by the Volunteers were answered by the predictable reprisal by the crown forces.

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This book concerns the night of violence in December 1920 ,when British forces went on an orgy of destruction in the business centre of Cork city as a reprisal for attacks on soldiers and policemen by ... Read full review


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Gerry White is a serving Irish Army officer: Gerry is the co-author of 'The Barracks' (Mercier Press, 1997). Together with Brendan O'Shea, he has written several articles for An Cosantoir, the Irish defence forces magazine.

O'Shea is an officer in the Irish Defence Forces (Army). He served with the UN in Lebanon in 1982-83 and again in 1997, and as an EC Monitor in the Former Yugoslavia in 1994-95.

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