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Collins voted Britain's second biggest foe

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Irish politician and Sinn Fein leader Michael Collins ( centre)

Irish politician and Sinn Fein leader Michael Collins ( centre)

Irish politician and Sinn Fein leader Michael Collins ( centre)

MICHAEL Collins has been voted one of Britain's "greatest foes" alongside the likes of Napoleon and Rommel in an online poll.

Mr Collins came second in the five-strong shortlist with 2,787 votes, just behind Turkish revolutionary Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Mr Collins could yet be named Britain's greatest adversary, when his case is argued in front of a live audience in two weeks' time.

Leading historians will represent each of the five commanders at an all-day event at the National Army Museum in London, after which the winner will be selected by secret ballot.

Mr Ataturk came out top with 3,090 votes after a surge of votes from Turkey while the expected front-runners Rommel, Napoleon and George Washington came third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Irish Independent