Decoding the IRA

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Mercier Press Ltd, 2008 - 348 Seiten
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Historian Tom Mahon and code breaker James J. Gillogly have spent the past few years breaking the IRA's communications code. The code was used for the organisation's most secret messages. The newly decoded secret documents reveal the IRA's mindset in the years following the civil war and the results are explosive as they expose IRA secrets that have been concealed for over 75 years.
Featuring facsimilies of the actual coded documents, the book delves into nearly every matter conceivable for a paramilitary organisation, ranging from the importation of explosives to the use of IRA informants in the gardai. Documents detail the IRA's secret agreement with the Soviet Union and its attempts to provide military assistance to China; military espionage in America; plans to stage a gas attack on Dublin; the IRA's infiltration of the GAA and control of the Kerry football team and the struggle with Eamon de Valera and Fianna Fail. The book provides an unnerving insight into how the IRA saw itself and conducted its dangerous business in secrecy.
 

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Inhalt

Key Characters
7
Introduction
9
Breaking the Ciphers
22
The IRAs system of communications
50
A New Leadership 19261927
66
The IRAs local units
122
Intelligence
138
The IRA in Britain
158
Conclusion
281
Epilogue
283
Organisations groups and technical terms
285
The Mystery Woman
288
Notes
292
Bibliography
332
Acknowledgements
335
Index
338

The IRA in America
197
The Soviet Union and China
245

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