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I have removed the piece about the 1919-22 era. The National Volunteers as an organisation had nothing to do with the war of independence and absolutely nothing to do with the civil war. It should be remembered that they formed only a small minority of the Irish nationalist people who served in the British army in the first world War. While its truethat the free state recruited thousands of unemployed ex-servicmen in 1922, there is no indication that any significant number of them were former national volunteers. Jdorney 20:11, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
"...failed to constitute a nascent Irish Army as Redmond had hoped"
I don't understand the following line:
The National Volunteers were therefore a minority among the 206,000 Irishmen who served as volunteers for the British Army in the war, and so failed to constitute a nascent Irish Army as Redmond had hoped.
Why would more Irishmen joining the British Army than were Volunteers be a failure to prepare a nascent Irish Army? The statement is referenced. What does the reference say? --Tóraí (talk) 15:29, 2 November 2013 (UTC)