General Dan McKenna

Published in Issue 4 (Winter 1999), Letters, Letters, Volume 7

Sir,—I am currently processing General Dan McKenna’s papers which havebeen entrusted to me by his family. Any additional information,anecdotal or otherwise, on this great Chief of Staff would be more thanwelcome. He tipped the scales in securing ‘dicey’ situations, allowingus to remain neutral and free from invasion.
The relationship between the down-to-earth Ulsterman Dan McKennaand the compatible Cork-born Gen. Sir Harold E. Franklyn, GOC NorthernIreland, is of particular interest. The late Lt.-Col. Bobby Childerswas ADC(+) to Gen. McKenna in those delicate days when image was animportant factor in decision-influencing psychologicaloperations.—Yours etc.,
J.P. DUGGAN, Lt.-Col. (retd.)
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Mount Merrion
County Dublin


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