The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence, 1920-1921 by D. M. Leeson

The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence, 1920-1921

byD. M. Leeson

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This is the story of the Black and Tans and Auxiliaries, the most notorious police forces in the history of the British Isles. During the Irish War of Independence (1920-1), the British government recruited thousands of ex-soldiers to serve as constables in the Royal Irish Constabulary, theBlack and Tans, while also raising a paramilitary raiding force of ex-officers - the Auxiliary Division. From the summer of 1920 to the summer of 1921, these forces became the focus of bitter controversy. As the struggle for Irish independence intensified, the police responded to ambushes and assassinations by the guerrillas with reprisals and extrajudicial killings. Prisoners and suspects were abusedand shot, the homes and shops of their families and supporters were burned, and the British government was accused of imposing a reign of terror on Ireland. Based on extensive archival research, this is the first serious study of the Black and Tans and Auxiliaries and the part they played in the Irish War of Independence. Dr Leeson examines the organization and recruitment of the British police, the social origins of police recruits, and the conditionsin which they lived and worked, along with their conduct and misconduct once they joined the force, and their experiences and states of mind. For the first time, it tells the story of the Irish conflict from the police perspective, while casting new light on the British government's responsibilityfor reprisals, the problems of using police to combat insurgents, and the causes of atrocities in revolutionary wars.

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D. M. Leeson received his PhD in History from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in 2003.
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Title:The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence, 1920-1921Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:October 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceMapsList of abbreviationsNote to the readerIntroduction1. The Two-Headed Ass: Coalition policy and Coalition Policing in Ireland2. 'The Dark Hours are Dreaded': The War of Independence in West Galway3. Constabulary in Khaki: The Black and Tans4. Dr. Tudor's Beast Folk: The Auxiliary Division5. One-Sided War: Police and Auxiliaries in Combat6. 'Come Out, Sinn Fein!' Analysing Police Reprisals7. The Devil's Work: Explaining Police ReprisalsConclusionBibliographyIndex

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"...lifts the lid on a discreditable episode of recent British history and paves the way for future research." --Nigel Jones, History Today