DARK TIMES, DECENT MEN

Stories of Irishmen in World War II

By
Neil Richardson
Dark Times, Decent Men

At least 130,000 Irish – from north and south – served during the Second World War. Seven thousand never returned. In this poignant yet detailed book, award winning author Neil Richardson documents veterans’ stories with personal interviews, military records, diaries and letters.

 

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352 pages
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240x170 mm
ISBN:
9781847172976
Category History

At least 130,000 Irish - from north and south of the border - served during the Second World War. Seven thousand never returned. They fought as soldiers in Europe, North Africa and the Far East, as sailors in U-boat infested seas, and as airmen in the dangerous skies. Once again, the politics of home disappeared on the battlefields as Irishmen from different religious and political backgrounds struggled and died side by side.

In this poignant yet detailed book, award winning author Neil Richardson documents veterans' stories with personal interviews, military records, diaries and letters. The time has now come to honour and acknowledge all those Irishmen who went to war.

Neil Richardson studied Philosophy in University College, Dublin, before writing his first book, A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall: Stories of Irishmen in World War I, which won the Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year award at the 2010 Irish Book Awards. This was followed by Dark Times, Decent Men: Stories of Irishmen in World War II in 2012, and According to Their Lights: Stories of Irishmen in the British Army, Easter 1916 in 2015. A member of the Reserve Defence Forces, Neil has also written and produced plays with a Great War theme and has made several national television and radio appearances, including as consultant historian on RTÉ television’s centenary programme ‘My Great War’. He recently completed an MA in Military History and Strategic Studies (Maynooth University) and is currently studying for a PhD in History.

a fascinating read and a fitting tribute to those brave people

Ireland’s Own

'this great, easy-readable book should make the reader proud to be Irish after finding out about the exploits of so many ordinary Irish men and women who fought in WWII'

An Cosantoir

'fascinating ... interesting'

Books Ireland

'an easy read, enjoyable and a timely reminder of the high price paid in the defence of democracy by Irish men and women in the Allied forces'

Books Ireland

'human stories, worth recording, and fascinating to any military history enthusiast'

Tuam Herald

'pick up the book at random and you’ll find a story you can’t abandon until it reaches its end'

Tuam Herald

'thanks to the efforts of Richardson, the sacrifices of these ‘decent men’ live on ...'

Lancashire Evening Press

'moving collection of stories about Irishmen who fought in World War II'

Nenagh Guardian

'valuable and interesting record'

Books Ireland

'very well illustrated throughout'

Books Ireland

'dramatic first-hand accounts of the Irish who went to fight'

Irish Independent

'the pictures ... are excellent'

Irish Independent

'the author has revealed many new stories .... especially about the largely unexplored Irish-American experience'

Irish Independent
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