The Conscription Crisis

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Conscription CrisisThe Conscription Crisis – After Russia’s withdrawal from the First World War, Germany started an offensive on the western front in March 1918. The British Government subsequently introduced the Military Services Act in April 1918, extending conscription to every Irish male between the ages of 18 and 50. Most strands of Irish life vigorously opposed conscription, leading to a retreat from the British authorities some months later.

Na Fianna article by Countess Markieviecz – January 1916

Irish Conscription Crisis


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