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A Different Form of Warfare

Explore the different ways Ireland resisted and rejected British Rule during the War of Independence.

The Irish War of Independence was fought using different methods.  The elected MPs of the new Dáil established Irish bodies of government, such as courts and police, as a rejection of British rule.  Military actions by both British forces and the IRA were aided by special Intelligence units gathering information through a network of spies and double agents. At the same time both sides fought a Propaganda War; the IRA used images of atrocities against civilians to gain the support of the general population, while the British authorities created and distributed scenes depicting battles won by their forces. Hunger strikes by Irish republican prisoners, as well as their executions, gained worldwide attention and sympathy for the cause of Irish independence. Labour strikes and protests were also a powerful weapon.

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