Phase 2 of the Anglo-Irish War

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  • Phase 2 of the Anglo-Irish Wars (Early 1920 to Summer 1920)
    • IRA attacks on RIC barracks in the first half of the 1920s resulted in the destruction of 16 defended RIC barracks, damage to another 29 and the burning of 424 abandoned buildings to the ground
    • The response of the British government was to recruit ex-soldiers in Britain (known as the Black and Tans) to serve in the RIC
      • They were effective in imposing martial law
    • By the end of the Anglo-Irish War, over 7000 'Auxiliaries' (Black and Tans) had served in Ireland
      • The response of the British government was to recruit ex-soldiers in Britain (known as the Black and Tans) to serve in the RIC
        • They were effective in imposing martial law

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