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Michael Collins' Intelligence War 9781851828296

Michael Collins' Intelligence War

The Struggle Between the British and the Ira, 1919-21

ISBN-10: 185182829X
ISBN-13: 9781851828296
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PUBLISHER: Four Courts Press
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Product Description: Michael Collins, de facto leader of the IRA and GHQ Director of Intelligence, was largely instrumental in orchestrating the Anglo-Irish War of 1919-21. This book contains a detailed account of how, for the first time in Irish revolutionary history, Collins seized the intelligence initiative from the British. The activities of his Intelligence Department and assassination squad are explored along with those of field agents and moles within the British administration. There is extensive coverage of important episodes in the intelligence war such as the elimination of the G-men and the events of `Bloody Sunday' 1920. There is an analysis of the British intelligence response and its spies' attempts to capture Collins as well as the methods, orthodox and unorthodox, employed by both sides to achieve supremacy in the secret war. A varied cast of characters is still dominated by the fascinating personality of Michael Collins. His life on the run is examined along with the political and military skills with which he continued masterminding the IRA campaign. The intelligence war is set firmly within the context of a city at war and Dublin's conditions at the time are vividly recaptured. Finally, the book evaluates the effectiveness of both sides' intelligence campaign and the factors that prevented a British victory despite immense material superiority. The book utilizes an extensive range of primary sources, including written statements by participants, contemporary documents and photographs released by the Bureau of Military History, Dublin, in 2003. The National Archives in London also granted the author access to British government files closed since the 1920s.

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PAGES: 288
CATEGORY: Biography & Autobiography, History
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