Osprey Publishing MAA 472 Men-at-Arms Armies of the Irish Rebellion 1798

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In 1798, the Irish rose up against the corrupt English government run out of Dublin. Joined by both Protestants and Catholics, the rebellion quickly spread across the country. Although the Irish peasantry were armed mostly with pikes, they were able to overwhelm a number of small, isolated British outposts. However, even with the half-hearted assistance of the French, the Irish could not compete with the organized ranks of the British Army when under competent leadership. In a brutal turning of the tide, the Redcoats plowed through the rebels. In just three months, between 15,000 and 30,000 people died, most of them Irish. This book tells the story of this harsh, but fascinating, period of Irish history and covers the organization and uniforms of the forces involved.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Ireland in 1798 /The United Irishmen /Chronology of the Rebellion /British regular units /Irish Militia and Volunteer Yeomanry units /English and Welsh Fencible units /Highland Fencible units /Insurgent Forces /French regular units /The Légion Irlandaise

Product details

Published 20 Sep 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781849085076
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 39 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 472
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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