"We Thought We Were The Best Equipped Army In The World"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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Sean King, who had been stationed in India before the war, relates how members of the British Army found themselves unprepared for the new forms of warfare unleashed in 1914. 

  • Title
    The Irish Brigades In The First World War
  • 1st Broadcast
    10/11/1974
  • Contributor
    Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
    Tom McGurk (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:00:51
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    "We Thought We Were The Best Equipped Army In The World"
  • Extended description

    Sean King had been stationed in Ranihket in India with the British Army when the Great War broke out and was quickly redeployed . At the time he recalls,

    "We thought we were the best equipped army in the world but we found we were up against it when we went there."

    Trained to use their rifles to get fifteen hits a minute at a target a quarter of a mile away the British Army soon discovered that there were now faster and more powerful guns.  

  • Information


    'The Irish Brigades In The First World War' was a two part documentary for radio. The programme examined the participation of the Irish Brigades in the Great War using personal accounts of the battles from surviving members.

    The documentary was produced by Kieran Sheedy and presented by Tom McGurk. The clip used here was taken from part one and broadcast on 10 November 1974.

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows British infantry soldiers training.

    Courtesy Library of Congress LC_B2_3212_7 

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, Wars, Conflicts, British Army, Sean King
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Ranihket, India
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1974
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA15863
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Silent
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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