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Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: A Political Soldier

Keith Jeffery

Abstract

Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, an Irishman who in June 1922 was assassinated on his doorstep in London by Irish republicans, was one of the most controversial British soldiers of that age. Before 1914 he did much to secure the Anglo-French alliance and was responsible for the planning which saw the British Expeditionary Force successfully despatched to France after the outbreak of war with Germany. A passionate Irish unionist, he gained a reputation as an intensely ‘political’ soldier, especially during the ‘Curragh crisis’ of 1914 when some officers resigned their commissions rather than coe ... More

Keywords: Ireland, republicanism, Anglo-French alliance, Curragh crisis, Protestantism, sectarianism, unionism, Henry Wilson, First World War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199239672
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239672.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Jeffery, author
Professor of British History, Queen's University, Belfast
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