GALLIPOLI, Lt. Gen.Liman Von Sanders and the Dublin Fusiliers… by Donal Kennedy


Can any of you reading this, quote the General’s  tribute to the men of the Dublin Fusiliers who fought against him in Gallipoli during the Great War.?

I can remember reading it in a school textbook which circulated in Irish schools from the 1930s for decades. To confirm that my memory wasn’t playing tricks on me I photocopied the passage in the British Library about 15 years ago. I believe that photocopy lies within feet of me – but so do many others, which I am unable to find without great effort.

The British Library is a vast repository which by law is entitled to copies of books and other publications produced in these islands.

By coincidence the textbook I refer to was written by a Librarian from the National Library of Ireland which has similar, indeed identical rights.

On the school textbooks he is referred to as James Carty BA, but the Irish Dictionary of National Biography tells us that he later acquired an MA,

He was born in 1900 and died in 1959, aged 58.

In 1921 he worked for the publicity department of Dail Eireann, under its then Director, Robert Brennan. It was that department, whose producers, at the risk of their lives, produced THE IRISH BULLETIN which defeated the world’s most powerful, dishonest and  unscrupulous propagandists,  those of Britain.

I don’t think THE IRISH TIMES has ever quoted the IRISH BULLETIN. But in 1921 it was quoted by THE  TIMES of London during the Anglo-Irish talks. That paper reproduced recently those century-old words.

A few years ago, a reviewer mentioned the Bulletin, only to dismiss it with an ignorant smear. I doubt Kevin Myers, Fintan O’Toole, or even our poppy-wearing Taoiseach so much as heard of it. God preserve us all from the Public Intellectuals!

Anyhow, please, please, please locate the gallant German officer’s tribute to the Dubs, so that the Military History Society of Ireland, and The Irish Times can stuff it in their pipes and smoke it – and DISPEL THE FOG OF MILITARY HISTORY.

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