Spitting on a Soldier's Grave: Court Martialed After Death, the Story of the Forgotten Irish and British Soldiers

Spitting on a Soldier's Grave: Court Martialed After Death, the Story of the Forgotten Irish and British Soldiers

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By (author) Robert Widders

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  • Publisher: Matador
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 14mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 29 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Leicester
  • ISBN 10: 1848764995
  • ISBN 13: 9781848764996
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 209,746

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This meticulously researched book tells the story of the men who fought for freedom but were vilified after death. It tells the story of men like Joseph Mullally who died on D-Day, 6 June 1944, fighting with the British Army on the beaches of Normandy, a year before his court-martial. And Stephen McManus who'd already suffered torture and starvation whilst being worked to death in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Gerry O'Neill risked his life with the newly formed Irish Navy, rescuing wounded British soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk And Nicholas McNamara volunteered to serve with RAF Bomber Command knowing it meant almost certain death. The freedoms and democratic rights we enjoy today were earned by men like these, who fought, and sometimes died, on the home front and the battlefields of World War II. The deserters from the Irish Army, who joined the Allied struggle, faced the horrors of the bloodiest war in mankind's bloodstained history. Their stories are now told, in meticulous detail, in Spitting on a Soldier's Grave. "An amazing story of heroism and betrayal." Irish Post. "An incredible tale ...the way they [the Irish government] treated the Irish soldiers is absolutely appalling" Tom Dunne, Newstalk FM

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Robert Widders was born in Liverpool and studied history at the University of Hull.