Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to All!

Between church and pub– both equally important today– take a moment to remember a minor military genius, the great Tom Barry of the 3rd West Cork Flying Column, who dealt the hated occupier a stunning defeat at Kilmichael in 1920.

His book, Guerrilla Days in Ireland, is strongly recommended. If you’re not familiar with what he did, at age 23, against the world’s greatest Empire, then you should read up. Tom Barry knew what he was about, and never wavered.

Eirinn go Brach.

PS: The description of Barry’s brief personal encounter with one Major Arthur Percival, who later surrendered Singapore to the Japs, is worth the price of the book.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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