There clearly seems to be a need for a definitive study on the
actual commencement of hostilities [in the Civil War ].
– John M Feehan
Did Michael Collins give the order to begin the bombardment of Four Courts? Historians have presumed so; but no more. There is no record of precisely who gave the order.
(Excerpts from the book:)
„We, the undersigned officers of the IRA, realising the gravity of the present situation in Ireland, and appreciating the fact that if the present drift is maintained a conflict of comrades is inevitable, declare that this would be the greatest calamity in Irish history, and would leave Ireland broken for generations…“
– „The Army Document“ signed by Michael Collins and an
equal number of prominent pro- & anti-Treaty officers, 1922
The evidence casts considerable doubt as to whether the order to commence the…
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