Mudcat Café message #186689 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #18412   Message #186689
Posted By: JedMarum
29-Feb-00 - 08:50 AM
Thread Name: Questions re: Come Out Black & Tans?
Subject: RE: Questions re: Come Out Black & Tans?
... by my reading of history, I believe the Black and Tans were an unruley bunch of ex-World War I soldiers, with no job prospects at home, and an ax to grind over the guerilla tactics of the IRA. The Black and Tans, in many instances, took retaliation against the towns people of Ireland for actions that were taken by the IRA, and which were not actually supported by most townspeople. Regional and world opinion very quickly turned against the English government for their use of the Black and Tans, and the British government's capacity to overlook the lawlessness and brutality of this para-military organization.