Friday 23 March 2018

Veterans still fighting to clear their names

So-called deserters, soldiers who left the Irish Army to fight Hitler, deserve justice, writes Jerome Reilly

Paddy Reid fought for the Allies in one of the most brutal battles of the Second World War at Kohima Ridge in India.

In that terrible engagement, known as the "Stalingrad of the East" because of the ferocity of the hand-to-hand fighting, he was briefly a Japanese POW though later rescued after a counter-attack. Later, with the Japanese repelled, he went on to be part of the security detail assigned to look after Mahatma Gandhi.

But there was to be no hero's welcome for Paddy Reid when he returned to Ireland.

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