Apologies if this has been placed inappropriately. Ireland’s involvement in WW11. As suggested by Gurbill I have decided to start this thread on Ireland and its history in relation to the Second World War. Even though my Grandfather (John Ronan) fought in the trenches (and survived!) in the First World War, I know relatively little about the Ireland of this time or for that matter the Ireland of the Second World War. But after doing some research on the Internet I have learned that it was an extremely fascinating period in our history, full of intrigue and political manoeuvring. As we all know Ireland (Eire) was effectively neutral during WW11 but nonetheless many of its citizens took a very pro-active approach and joined up with UK regiments to help bring an end to an unjust war. But here the period from 1939 – 1945 was known as “the Emergency.” Incidentally, I came across this link about a wonderful book that goes into great detail about this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1405000104/026-4358748-8347623 Some other interesting stuff I came across during my research: Many believed the Germans planned to invade the UK via Ireland. Apparently there was no conscription in Northern Ireland during this period. Check out the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Northern_Ireland. You’ll need to scroll down until you come across the following quote: "During World War II, the Stormont government called on Westminster to introduce conscription several times, as this was already the case in Britain. The British government consistently refused, remembering how a similar attempt in 1918 had backfired dramatically as nationalist opposition made it unworkable. Much of the population of serving age were either in essential jobs or had already joined up voluntarily, making the potential yield of conscription low." Here are some other interesting links. The following one is a wonderful introduction to the Ireland of this period. http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/eire.htm Here’s a great one about a book on German spies in Ireland: “A new book by a Saint Louis University historian uncovers the little-known story of German spying in Ireland during World War II. Dr. Mark Hull's "Irish Secrets: German Espionage in Wartime Ireland 1939-1945" profiles the spies and reveals the covert operations, some of which remained classified to this day.” http://www.slu.edu/readstory/more/1963 Do any of you have any stories or anecdotes you wish to share the Ireland of WW2?