The various attempts at Home Rule for Ireland ultimately culminated in the Third Home Rule Bill which directly contributed to the creation of the Ulster Volunteer Force. The UVF spanned not just the geographic rural and urban Protestant Ulster from the Atlantic coast of Donegal to the shipyards of east Belfast but also the diverse political ideals of individuals. By the outbreak of the Great War it had become an organization of armed volunteers, the first to use motorcycle dispatch riders and motor transport on a large scale and the first to use armored lorries in street patrols. It was also one of the first in the twentieth century to recognize the varied role for women in warfare against a backdrop of a rise in women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The importance, role and significance of the existence of the UVF are well summed up in Sir Winston Churchill s book, Great Contemporaries, that if Ulster had confined herself simply to constitutional agitation, it is extremely improbable that she would have escaped forcible inclusion in a Dublin Parliament. This book tells both the story of the Home Rule period and the Ulster Volunteer Force formed in response to the Home Rule crises. An important period in Irish politics and history this book draws on a number of firsthand accounts, contemporary newspaper reports, UVF papers and records from the Somme Museum. It is illustrated by a number of images never before published.
ULSTER WILL FIGHT Volume 1: Home Rule and the Ulster Volunteer Force 1886-1922
David Orr and David Truesdale have written what can only be described as a seminal work in ‘Ulster Will Fight’ Volumes 1 and 2. For anybody interested in the history of Ireland and the Great War and the politics and events that interweave with the creation of Northern Ireland and the then Irish Free State then Volume 1 is the source. This unbiased, historically accurate account of the events draws on innumerable sources, publishes previously unpublished photographs and prints so many vignettes to make what could have been a dry historical record into an immensely readable and enjoyable book.
Each chapter is the product of thorough research and draws the reader into the period. At the same time each chapter gives a flowing account of what actually happened. This is mandatory reading for those interested in the subject.