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    Came across this today, the web archive of British Pathe Newsreels from 1896 to 1970. There's a lot of Irish/military related stuff here, and free downloads are available of watchable quality.

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    Agreed, this is a truly amazing resource. I suspect that some of the material has never been seen before e.g. there is an unreleased clip in the archive from the 1930's which shows Irish Army recruits in training. Brilliant stuff, about 5 minutes long.

    If you're interested in seeing footage of the Blue Hussars, there is an excellent piece showing the inauguration of Sean T. O'Ceallaigh as Uactharan na H-Eireann in the late '40's. Excellent shots of the procession through Dublin with some great close up shots of the escort at the Aras.

    Also worth searching under "St Patrick's Day Parade" to see some impressive military parades from the 1930's. Now there were some real soldiers!

    When you finally get bored with all that, there's some REALLY cheesy general news reel footage in there too.


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      WW1 Records Online

      The National Archives in the London have recently put the medal records of 5 million soldiers online - including lots of Irish soldiers. You might find some ancestor of yours. Have a look at:


      • #4
        A few more historical archives

        British Library

        National Archives Dublin

        Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

        Public Record Office, London


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          British Imperial War Museum

          US Army Centre for Military History

          It has a load of online books on most military campaigns of the US Army

          WWII Documents


          • #6
            I found this gem "Doing the Lambeth Walk", I last saw it on "All Our Yesterday's" back in the 60's. Hitler's troop review went something like this.

            "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."

            Marcus Aurelius Roman Emperor (161 to 180 A.D.)


            • #7
              Archive of WW2 aerial photographs, linked in to Google Maps, showing locations.

              edited to update URL
              Last edited by Flamingo; 2 March 2010, 12:19.
              'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
              'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
              Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
              He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.


              • #8
                Cathal Brugha as it was;

                in fact it hasnt really changed that much ;


                and say good bye to the next couple of hours

                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.


                • #9
                  some great footage there - this is my favourite and covers an interesting period with everything from the British Army and the Freestate Army to Black and Tans and Sinn Fein.:

                  IRISH REVOLUTION 1922

                  (click to play)
                  Last edited by RoyalGreenJacket; 27 September 2010, 21:08.

                  ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

                  The Rifles


                  • #10
                    Found this today following on from an article in Military History magazine

                    World War One colour photographs (not retinted, original photographs)

                    'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
                    'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
                    Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
                    He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.


                    • #11
                      There is a TV show on History regularly showing colourised newsreel footage of WW1. The French and belgians arrived in the trenches wearing the same bright colours they had worn during the Franco Prussion war. Not unlike that worn by the Guard outside Elysees Palace.
                      By 1916 they were wearing a more practical design, and mud had dulled the blue greatly.

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


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                        A French site, with a google map tagged with WW1 photographs and their locations


                        ( found at )
                        Last edited by Flamingo; 23 February 2013, 12:56.
                        'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
                        'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
                        Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
                        He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.


                        • #13
                          A searchable Military census available from today:

                          Available on the archives site.



                          • #14
                            The Pathé site had two superb clips of Gormonston. They seem to have disappeared! The first was the taking over of the camp band the raising of the tricolour. the second was the first Irish officer's wedding, the happy couple leaving the church under a bayonet arch!


                            • #15
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