Black and Tans

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Was the nickname, derived from a Limerick hound pack, or the colour of the uniform, for an auxiliary police force recruited in Britain 1920–1 from ex‐servicemen to reinforce the hard‐pressed Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC). The ill‐disciplined force was associated with drunken brutality and reprisals following Irish Republican Army (IRA) atrocities.

Subjects: European History.

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