A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall : Stories of Irishmen in World War I


IRELAND'S FORGOTTEN LEGACY In 1914-1918, two hundred thousand Irishmen from all religions and backgrounds went to war. At least thirty-five thousand never came home. Those that did were scarred for the rest of their lives. Many of these survivors found themselves abandoned and ostracised by their countrymen, their voices seldom heard.

The book includes:

The first Victoria CrossLeading the way at Gallipoli and the SommeNorth and South fighting side by side at Messines RidgeIreland's flying acesBrothers-in-arms - heart-rending stories of family sacrificeThe lucky escapes of some; the tragic end of othersThe homecoming - why there was no hero's welcome

Includes over 300 photographs and items of memorabelia from the lives of these brave men and their families.

An important book that opened up the conversation in Ireland about our role in World War I. Updated, and with a new introduction.