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    im interested in getting books/sources on the Reserve Defence Force

    has anyone any sources that maybe of interest?


    Can anyone remember any specific articles in Connect or An Cosontoir regarding the RDF or its origins?

    all help would be hugely appreciated!
    Last edited by Joshua; 24 October 2008, 21:17.

  • #2
    Do you mean specifically the RDF or the LSF-LDF-FCA-RDF ?
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    • #3
      all will do, but more specifically FCA and RDF

      i hav J.P Duggans History of The irish Army but looking for other angles

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WilcoOut View Post
        im interested in getting books/sources on the Reserve Defence Force

        has anyone any sources that maybe of interest?
        A number of units published Histories in the wake of the Reorg. 23rd Bn produced a sizeable one, that was sadly beyond my means. Bullswool Batallions is a pretty good account of the Post Emergency LDF though.


        Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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        • #5
          Try teh Military Library in the Curragh

          they should give you a good steer
          Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
          Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
          The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
          The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
          The best lack all conviction, while the worst
          Are full of passionate intensity.

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          • #6
            About 10 years ago 20 Bn produced a history - going back to the 42/44 bns

            The Pearse association recently produced a history of the Battalion


            Members of the Irish Sword would probably be able to help you in a far better way , this is the Military History Society of Ireland; they are in Newman House on Stephens' Green.

            Military Archives in the Brugha would have tons of source documentation but they are out the door with work [ name me a Unit in the Brugha that isn't ! ] and you'd need a good reason to get in.


            There is also Duggans "The Irish Army" which deals with the early early days fairly well
            "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

            "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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            • #7
              much appreciated!

              iv been in the military archives in the bruagh before, but nutin to do with the RDF. Excellent work being done by all involved there!

              with regards to the military library, how would one gain access? walk in off the street or written permission?

              and the 23rd battallion's publication, where could i get my hands on it?

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              • #8
                From the Routine Order in 1923, it states that an infantry battallion was to be raised and stationed in tallaght

                the 24th Infantry battallion

                does anyone know where the barracks was and what became of them?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WilcoOut View Post
                  much appreciated!

                  iv been in the military archives in the bruagh before, but nutin to do with the RDF. Excellent work being done by all involved there!

                  with regards to the military library, how would one gain access? walk in off the street or written permission?

                  and the 23rd battallion's publication, where could i get my hands on it?
                  For the Mil Library I find them extremely helpful

                  why not just give them a ring and explain to them your

                  thingy
                  Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                  Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                  The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
                  The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                  The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                  Are full of passionate intensity.

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                  • #10
                    I can give you the history of the pearse battalion and the story of the 20th, a special issue of an cosantoir issued in 1984 to celebrate 25 years of An FCA I#d suggest tracking that down first.

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                    • #11
                      8 FAR history

                      Hi,

                      I was editor of the 8 FAR history compilation as per GOCs request for all units in 1 S.Bde in 05 before the Re-org.

                      Certain excerpts relate to the LDF in 46, etc and progressing post separation from the PDF in 79.

                      I have them in electronic format, any interest ?

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                      • #12
                        I read an article on the early reserve forces in "An Cosantoir Review" a few years ago. I read it in the Barracks and I can't remember what year it was. Maybe the guys in the An Cosantoir office might ne able to help?
                        "Why, it appears that we appointed all of our worst generals to command the armies and we appointed all of our best generals to edit the newspapers. I mean, I found by reading a newspaper that these editor generals saw all of the defects plainly from the start but didn't tell me until it was too late. I'm willing to yield my place to these best generals and I'll do my best for the cause by editing a newspaper"
                        Gen. Robert E. Lee

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                        • #13
                          the Irish Sword reviewed a history of the 16 Bn at some point recently


                          see for example

                          http://www.mhsi.ie/Table_of_Contents...XV,_pp_3-8.pdf
                          "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

                          "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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                          • #14
                            I know that the Old 16bn Based in athlone (Now 56bn) did a book for 50 years of the FCÁ.

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                            • #15
                              65th c coy have a book coming soon i belive.about the old 7th
                              Reservists are too ignorant to drop out of anthing. Its a Known Fact.

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