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Thread #18412   Message #185888
Posted By: GUEST,Diesel
27-Feb-00 - 06:59 PM
Thread Name: Questions re: Come Out Black & Tans?
Subject: RE: Questions re: Come Out Black & Tans?
Don't know if this is of any use to you or the question you first asked, but the Black & Tans were a unit/regiment made up of military convicts from WW1 mixed with decomissioned soldiers.Recruited in 1920 specifically for the war/insurrections in Ireland the British government found they could not uniform all the troops in the one cloth.The uniform eventually decided upon was a make of from two - the black trousers of the police with the Tan tunics of the military. Such was the lack of control of these 'troops' that their reputation for violence and brutality survives 'till today. Even the 'regular' British troops have been known to despise the actions of the black and tans.

As for the verse with the references to Larkin,O'Brien wexford croppy boys etc - I have to admit it's the first I have ever heard of it.My recollection of the song from years back never mentioned this verse (wolf tones Let the people sing ) anybody know the true version ?