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  • Short Summary

    Irish rebels hold hostage in the countryside, Ireland (Eire).

  • Description

    Ireland (Eire).

    Full titles read: "GUERILLA WARFARE IN IRELAND - Pathe operator - one of ambushed press party secures remarkable pictures."

    L/S's of several rebels with rifles holding people at gunpoint on a muddy country road. L/S of hostages sitting in the back of a truck being handed drinks (there is back to front Nazi Swastika painted on the side of the van). M/S of hostages surrounded by soldiers. L/S's rebels taking hostages (some are wearing blindfolds) from trucks and leading them away. One hostage is treated particularly roughly. One rebel carries an Irish Tricolour flag.

    Note: Good Irish Civil War Story. Footage of hostages in van also appears on Pathe Master Tape *PM0272* Film ID 272.34 "ARTILLERY IN ACTION".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    276.37
    Media URN:
    23141
    hd format:
    HD Cam
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:53:00 / 01:58:02:00
    Canister:
    G 899

Comments (5)

  1. michael curran says

    Hi
    I understand this footage to relate to the Ballymacelligott, County Kerry area in 12th November 1920. Auxiliary RIC had engaged IRA at a creamery there and two were killed. Hours later a Press party including Pathe, was escorted into the area by British Captains Pollard and Garro-Jones who were attached to RIC Press Office in Dublin. For propaganda purposes, they recorded footage and the incident was subsequently known as the \'Kerry ambush\' which was mentioned in the House of Commons. Pollard re-staged the \'Kerry ambush\' at Vico Road, Dalkey south of Dublin with Pathe and stills cameramen on site to capture the action. The press in Ireland rubbished the story within days. This footage is also online on this site.
    regards

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  2. Martin Barrett says

    i am not sure but i would hazard a guess that this film shows the black and tans and not irish free state forces'

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  3. Martin Barrett says

    AFTER A BIT OF INVESTIGATION FILM ID 276.37 IS LISTED AS"GUERILLA WARFARE IN IRELAND 1922 AND FILM ID 2370.02 PRISONERS IN IRELAND 1920? I THINK THAT THEY ARE BOTH FROM THE SAME REEL AND ARE PART OF THE SAME FILM ?


    If you look at both films the soldier holding the irish tricolour is the same soldier if you look at FILM ID 276.37 first and then 2370.02 you will see the continuity.

    regards martin.








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  4. emmetfahy says

    It appears to me that the people taking the hostages are in fact British soldiers, more accurately 'Black n' Tans', auxiliary police employed by the British government to terrorise the local population.

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  5. Andrew Rogers says

    I wonder if it\'s not misleading (if not inflammatory) to describe what we see on the truck as a \"back to front Nazi Swastika.\" While the Nazi party in Germany did adopt the swastika symbol around 1920, it seems very unlikely to me that this symbolism would have been adopted in Ireland as such by 1922. Wikipedia (I know, I know) for instance cites the existence of a \"Swastika Laundry\" in Dublin around this time. The swastika had been used as a symbol for centuries by many cultures and races and was not — certainly wasn\'t in 1922 — unique to National Socialism. Calling it a \"Nazi Swastika\" here seems ahistorical.

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