Where were the Irish regiments of the British Army in 1919‒21? This episode goes from Cairo and Constantinople to Iraq and India and puts the Irish revolution into its global context through some of the scribblings of Sir Henry Wilson – the Longford man who was Chief of the Imperial General Staff – the highest military position in the British Empire.
From January 1919 onwards the Empire was beset by strikes, riots and protests and so the agenda shifted from the expansion of the Empire to its defence — even to the defence of London. In 1919-21 the Dirty Shirts – the Royal Munster Fusiliers – were in Cairo, and the Dubs – the Royal Dublin Fusiliers – were in Constantinople. Other Irish units were in Iran, Iraq, and India.