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20|20 Centenary: Bloody Sunday and the Michael Collins Papers

Documents give vital insight into the intense intelligence war that underpinned the bloodshed

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins was the chief strategist behind the guerrilla tactics used against the British forces during the War of Independence. By November 1920, he headed Britain’s list of most wanted men and had a price of £10,000 on his head.

In the Michael Collins papers — housed in the Military Archives and recently digitised, Frank Thornton, his deputy assistant director of intelligence, gives an important and detailed account of the origins of IRA intelligence and the infamous ‘Squad’. As Thornton recounts it:

 


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