By high summer of 1918, German forces on the Western Front had been fought to a standstill. Having expended their reserves in a series of offensives collectively known as the […]

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While not a ‘special’ as such, this issue has a particular end-of-First-World-War emphasis. Mark Phelan reminds us of how the Central Powers were eventually defeated (pp 24–7); Monika Barget, Pádraig […]

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Irish units facing the 1918 German spring offensive. By Mark Phelan By early 1918, after more than three years of bloody stalemate, the strategic situation on the Western Front was […]

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The First World War correspondence of Michael Bourke, Garvey’s Lane, Limerick. By Tadhg Moloney During the First World War, letters allowed soldiers in training or at the front to keep […]

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Messines Ridge, 3am, 7 June 1917—an Irish soldier’s eyewitness account. By Seán Boyne Patrick Carroll would always remember the moment the massive explosion was set off by the sappers. It […]

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