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WORLD WAR I: Chapter 1 - Background - The Onset of War

  • The Political Situation
    When we look at the period during World War I, we cannot but deal with the political situation that existed at the time...
  • Military Unrest
    On a military level a major development was the formation of the Irish Volunteers in 1913...
  • The Beginnings
    On August 5th, following German refusal to respect Belgian neutrality, Britain found herself at war with Germany...
  • The First Expeditionary Force
    In the first Expeditionary Force that departed for war the following Irish regiments were included...
  • The Curragh
    The whole of the Curragh, on the declaration of war, was immediately directed towards preparation for war...
  • Co. Kildare & Horses
    When news of war reached him, Colonel Wogan Browne formed the “Kildare Horse”, a mounted rifle corps based in the Town Hall, Naas...
  • Feedback & The Reality of War
    As the war progressed so too did stories from the Front. Excellent coverage of various battles appeared in the papers...