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Constabulary in Khaki

D. M. Leeson

in The Black and Tans

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199598991
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730597 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199598991.003.0004
Constabulary in Khaki

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This chapter begins with an examination of British recruits for the Royal Irish Constabulary, using information obtained from a cluster sample taken from the RIC's General Register. British police recruits are compared to both British Army recruits from the same period, and their opponents in the Irish Republican Army. Evidence is produced to disprove the legend that the Black and Tans were ex-convicts and social scum, and also to dispute the more recent view that they had been brutalized by their war service. The chapter then examines a number of cases in which Black and Tans were arrested and imprisoned for criminal offences ranging from bank robbery to manslaughter. In each case, the evidence indicates that certain types of criminal behaviour were not tolerated from certain types of men.

Keywords: Black and Tans; ex-soldiers; brutalisation; policing; discipline; crime; propaganda; popular memory

Chapter.  11277 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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