Irish bravery at Gallipoli is well-documented

The record of Irishmen who fought at Gallipoli in 1915 has been remembered with respect by nationalists and republicans.

Irish bravery at Gallipoli is well-documented

For example, A Classbook of Irish History, Book IV, by James Carty, said:

“One tribute may be quoted to the bravery of Irish soldiers during the most terrible war in history. It is from General Gourand, who commanded French troops at Gallipoli, which was held by the Turks and Germans. ‘In Turkey, even the younger generation has heard the story; for fathers who fought have not hesitated to tell their children of the marvellous heroism of these strange foes from over the seas and to hold them up as examples to all who would be true to the traditions of a fighting race. I myself was an eye-witness of the magnificent heroism of your deathless Dublins... ‘If ever you meet with Irishmen,’General Von Sanders told me. ‘I wish you would tell them from me that I have never seen anything so fine as the bearing of those men’.”

Other sources give the lie to the story that the role of Irishmen in the Great War has been airbrushed from history.

They vary from a Brendan Behan column in the Irish Press to an article in Sinn Fein’s United Irishman, both from the 1950s

Donal Kennedy

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