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About the Author: Peter James Cottrell

Despite being born on an RAF base in East Anglia I have always thought of myself as Welsh. Both my parents came from Glamorgan so that was where we went when my father left the RAF when I was four and where I grew up and went to school. I joined the Territorial Army whilst still in the sixth form and went on to gain commissions in both the Royal Navy and British Army after qualifying as a teacher.

I decided to leave the regular army to spend more time with my family and return to teaching after a long, enjoyable and somewhat eclectic service career that encompassed learning to parachute; Loan Service in Saudi Arabia; being a UN Military Observer in Bosnia whilst taking in Northern Ireland; the Arctic Ocean; Iraq; Sierra Leone and Afghanistan along the way.

The Army funded my Master's degree and inadvertently got me into writing. Since 2005 I have written histories of the Anglo-Irish Troubles that followed the end of the Great War and the Irish Civil War that resulted from the Anglo-Irish Treaty. I have also written an historical novel called 'England's Janissary' about a young Irish soldier who returns from the Great War and joins the Royal Irish Constabulary as well as an historical fantasy novel called 'Wyrdegrove' set during the English Civil War.

My wife, Heather has given me much of the inspiration and encouragement that I have needed to write and I would be lost without her.

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Paperback, Published in Mar 2006 by Osprey Publishing

ISBN10: 1846030234 | ISBN13: 9781846030239

Page count: 96

The Anglo-Irish War has often been referred to as the war 'the English have struggled to forget and the Irish cannot help but remember'. Before 1919, the issue of Irish Home Rule lurked beneath the surface of Anglo-Irish relations for many years, but after the Great War, tensions rose up and boiled over. Irish Nationalists in the shape of Sinn Féin and the IRA took political power in 1919 with a manifesto to claim Ireland back from an English 'foreign' government by whatever means necessary. This book explores the conflict and the years that preceded it, examining such historic events as the Easter Rising and the infamous Bloody Sunday.

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