Accession Number : ADA325079

Title :   British Counterinsurgency Operations in Ireland 1916-1921. A Case Study.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Fierro, Michael R.

PDF Url : ADA325079

Report Date : 06 MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : From the Easter Rising in Dublin, 24-30 April 1916, through the Troubles of 1913-1921, a struggle between Colonialism and independence took place in Ireland. This struggle, which was a nationalist insurgency, culminated in a truce in July 1921 followed by a treaty which established an Irish Free State on 6 Dec 1921. Unable to build or equip a conventional army, the Irish mounted a guerrilla insurgency. The actions the British government took in response to the Easter rising and the subsequent Irish rebellion it triggered indicate that they considered the situation a low intensity conflict rather than a full scale war. Thus, the principal focus of the British police, military and para military effort during this period was a counterinsurgency campaign within the context of a MOOTW. Although the discontent in Ireland which came to a head on 24 April 1916 in the form of the Easter Rising was caused by a broad range of political, social, economic, military and cultural issues, this paper primarily focuses on the British military aspect of the Irish insurrection or rebellion. This is not a definitive study of British involvement in Ireland from 1916-1921, rather it is a case study of British counterinsurgency operations during that period.

Descriptors :   *IRELAND, *COUNTERINSURGENCY, *OPERATIONS OTHER THAN WAR, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, NATIONAL SECURITY, LESSONS LEARNED, CIVIL DEFENSE, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MILITARY DOCTRINE, CASE STUDIES, LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT, GUERRILLA WARFARE, CIVIL DISTURBANCES, INSURGENCY, UNITED KINGDOM.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE