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Amalgamations, reductions and conscription

Timothy Bowman

in Irish Regiments in the Great War

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780719062841
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700648 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719062841.003.0006
Amalgamations, reductions and conscription

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Conscription did not apply to Ireland; however, a number of Irish battalions did receive drafts of English conscripts and, in assessing discipline and morale, it is important to assess the impact of this change of personnel. Irish units stationed in Ireland were moved to Great Britain in late 1917, suggesting that the military authorities were suspicious of Sinn Fein infiltration into Irish regiments. In this situation, amalgamations and the disbandment of some Irish battalions to provide drafts for others became increasingly necessary. By contrast, many of the disbandments and amalgamations of Irish Service battalions appear totally illogical. It is also interesting to note that the amalgamations policy, adopted in late 1917, provided very mixed disciplinary results. Amalgamations of Service battalions appear to have had very little impact on morale in the units concerned.

Keywords: military authorities; amalgamations; Irish Service battalions; English conscripts; disbandment; Irish regiment

Chapter.  10279 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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