danielsamson wrote:Interestingly, the reason I remember the book so well was that I was using it for reference when researching the battle of Ashbourne a number of years ago ( in my opinion a very underrated and glossed over event). In fact a man I know, a number of years ago, acting on information from the last surviving participant of the battle, "Stash" Farrell, dredged a pond for 3 days to find two handguns that were disposed of when the word came from Dublin to lay down arms and return home. They are still in great condition hanging above a range in a farmhouse in North Dublin.
Saoirse22 wrote:I have heard conflicting reports that the ICA either recieved only 1871s or may have recieved those mixed with some 71/84s (an almost identical rifle in appearance save the magazine cap protrusion). Does anybody know if it was specifically only 1871s they would have carried? either weapon would have been obsolete enough by the time for the Germans to sent either during the Howth gunrunning or during smaller deliveries. Essentially most accounts i've read mention simply obsolete German rifles, and for the most part I cannot see the nosecaps of rifles in photographs clearly so I have always wondered about this aspect of the ICA.
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