The ‘desertions crisis’ in the Irish defence forces during the Second World War, 1939–1945

@article{Quinn2020TheC,
  title={The ‘desertions crisis’ in the Irish defence forces during the Second World War, 1939–1945},
  author={Joseph Quinn},
  journal={War in History},
  year={2020},
  volume={28},
  pages={825 - 847}
}
  • Joseph Quinn
  • Published 26 November 2020
  • History, Political Science
  • War in History
Throughout the course of the Second World War, approximately 7,000 personnel serving with the defence forces of neutral southern Ireland abandoned their posts and absented themselves from duty. A large majority of these absentees successfully evaded capture by their authorities, crossing the border into Northern Ireland and arriving at British combined forces recruiting centres where they enlisted in the British army and the Royal Air Force. At the conclusion of the war, in August 1945, some 5… 

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