Uncanny parallel to Tan War

By Danny Morrison (for Daily Ireland)

In the early days of the conflict letters would frequently pop up in the local papers from ‘Catholic Mother of Ten, Bogside’, ‘Disillusioned Republican’ and ‘True Patriot, Crossmaglen’ attacking the republican movement and overtly or implicitly praising the ‘peace-keeping’ efforts of the RUC/British army. The letters were so gauche and written in such a strange idiom that they fooled few republicans who correctly assumed that they came from the British army propaganda unit based at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn.

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