All Blog Posts Tagged 'WWI' (19)

WWI Pilot James McCudden: From Mechanic to Ace

It was two days before Christmas 1917, as James McCudden pulled gently back on the control stick of his British S.E. 5 biplane. He had spotted what appeared to be a German two-seat scout flying slightly higher, a little over 18,000 ft, to the west of him, over Peronne, about 90 miles north of Paris. As he got closer, he recognized it as a Rumpler.…


Added by Joe Gannon on March 15, 2024 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

George “McIrish” McElroy: World War One Ace

Three thousand feet above Moreuil Wood, southeast of Amiens, in northern France, Captain George Edward Henry “McIrish” McElroy, peered down through a gap in the clouds. McElroy had already shot down two German Albatross fighter planes in his British S.E. 5a (Scout Experimental-5a) earlier, his…


Added by Joe Gannon on May 10, 2021 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Introduction to James Francis Smith's Sunday Posts

Introduction to Author James Francis Smith's Upcoming Sunday Posts…


Added by James Francis Smith on April 6, 2016 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Do You Really Know Irish-American History? Free book!

In remembrance of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Kindle edition of James Francis Smith's The Irish-American Chronicle, will be free starting March 28th through Thursday, March 31st.

The 44-pages dedicated to Kennedy's assassination and funeral are well worth acquiring.

Travel an historical byway few…


Added by James Francis Smith on March 27, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Pals to the End: A War Dog and His Irish-American Doughboy

" It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.” 

                                                                          - Mark Twain

On April 25th of 1919 in…


Added by Joe Gannon on September 22, 2015 at 10:30pm — 13 Comments

It's a Long Way to Tipperary

For those with an interest in the Irish involvement in World War I, check out this free online World War I exhibition titled,"It's a Long Way to Tipperary: An Irish…


Added by Pat McMahon on May 19, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

ANZAC Day Centenary - 25th April, 2015

The centenary of ANZAC Day is approaching, (ANZAC Australian and New Zealand Armed Corps), which commemorates the anniversary of the first engagement of those southern hemisphere troops, at Gallipoli, Turkey in April…


Added by Brian Nolan on April 21, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Island of Ireland Peace Choir in Messines, Belgium

Messines - I had the privilege to travel to Messines with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir last weekend. This is our story.

Don Mullan, author, humanitarian and Christmas Truce ambassador, stood in front of two graves in Messines, Belgium. On the left was Private T Delaney of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who died on Christmas Eve 1914 and on the right,…


Added by Jillian Godsil on December 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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Reveille presents Ireland's military story by bringing you eyewitness accounts from veterans, travelling to military heritage sites, and exploring the past with Ireland's leading Living History groups.…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 17, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

WW1 Photos by Irish Rifleman Uncovered

Amateur photographer George Hackney was sent to the war from his home in Belfast in 1915, taking his camera with him.  The photo above was taken in 1916 in Belgium.  The collection contains very impressive rare images, including surrendering German troops during the Battle…


Added by Kelly O'Rourke on November 19, 2014 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Dan Daly, 'The Fightinest Marine'

In the over 150 year history of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the United States Highest award for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of  life…


Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on November 10, 2014 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Manhattan's Duffy Square: The Man Behind the Name

Duffy Square as it was in 1904

Duffy Square…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on August 7, 2014 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

World War One Records

Britain declared war on Germany 100 years ago today, on 4 August 1914 and on 9 August the British Expeditionary Force began leaving for France. Some other Wild Geese have blogged here about their ancestors who fought in the war, so I just thought I'd put up these resources…


Added by John W. Hurley on August 4, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

100 Years - Some Gave All

Lance Corporal William Devine, 5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

The 5th Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was raised at Omagh in August 1914, part of Kitchener's First New Army.…


Added by Bit Devine on August 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

June 28th, 1914: The Date That Changed the World

For any history buffs who might be interested, today is the 100th anniversary of the assassination which caused World War I. This war, in turn, had drastic effects on Ireland…


Added by John W. Hurley on June 28, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 17 - November 23

Library of Congress

General Joseph Finegan



Added by The Wild Geese on November 16, 2013 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

For This Son of Meath, the Somme Holds Particular Resonance

By John Bruton

Recently I visited the battlefields of the Somme in Northern France. In doing so, I was fulfilling a long-held wish.

Last year, I was at the launch of “…


Added by The Wild Geese on October 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Singer Promotes WW1 Music of Irish 'Tommies'

(First published 2/2/12) Dubliner Brendan MacQuaile’s book and one-man show, both titled …


Added by The Wild Geese on June 11, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 12 - May 18

The Imperial War Museum

A Irish poster from shortly after the Easter Rising shows how Irish attitudes toward the rebels had changed since the…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 12, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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