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Eamon de Valera's "Starvation Orders" for Irish WW2 Volunteers

By TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce following x   2018 May 15, 7:37pm 306 views   1 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    

BBC News reports on the phenomenon of Irish soldiers being persecuted upon their return to Ireland after fighting in WWII. They spoke with Phil Farrington, now 92 years old and living in Dublin’s dock areas, who helped serve at D-Day as well as the liberation of the German death camp Bergen-Belsen.
However, he wears his war medals only in secret. "They would come and get me, yes they would," Farrington asserts about Irish authorities.

Farrington was among 5,000 soldiers who, after deserting Ireland’s neutral army to go serve under the British in the war against fascism, came home to Ireland to find that “they were formally dismissed from the Irish army, stripped of all pay and pension rights, and prevented from finding work by being banned for seven years from any employment paid for by state or government funds.”

Alongside the 5,000 soldiers who deserted the Irish to serve were “tens of thousands” of civilians who signed up to fight under the British.

The soldiers were compiled into a list that has come to be known as the ‘Starvation Orders,’ the title of which would take on a very literal sense for those who were listed along with their families.

"My father was blacklisted and away all the time, picking turnips or whatever work he could get
. It's still painful to remember. We were treated as outcasts,” says Paddy Reid, son and nephew of those men who fought the Japanese at the battle of Kohima Ridge. He recalls a childhood with little food, and movement from one slum to another.

1   Patrick   ignore (1)   2018 May 15, 7:41pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Interesting, didn't know about that one.

It's the Irish way though. The word "boycott" comes from a similar thing they did to Captain Boycott.

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