"We Weren't Eight Or Nine Feet From Them"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

About this Item

A veteran describes a night raid across the River Struma, which formed the Macedonian front line between Greece and Bulgaria.

  • Title
    The Irish Brigades In The First World War
  • 1st Broadcast
    08/12/1974
  • Contributor
    Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
    Tom McGurk (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:44
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    "We Weren't Eight Or Nine Feet From Them"
  • Extended description

    A veteran describes crossing the Struma river on a winter night to raid a village. In the dark they stumbled upon the enemy who were only a matter of feet away. While charging in the dark this veteran recalls falling over the enemy a number of times.

    The action described here probably took place in October 1916.

  • 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 two and broadcast on 8 December 1974.

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows the Salonika Front the image is from World War Through the Stereoscope (Meadville, PA 1921)

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, Wars, Conflicts
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Greece, Bulgaria
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1974
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA15864
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
  • Rights terms and conditions

    Copyright RTÉ. This material may not be replicated in any form or manner without the prior express permission of RTÉ. Any form of reproduction in print, television, video, multimedia, web site or other electronic media or any form of dissemination for commercial or non-commercial use must be licensed by the RTÉ Libraries and Archives.

    If you wish to licence video or audio clips, still images or text, or would like further guidance please contact us.

    RTÉ Libraries and Archives are committed to respecting the copyright of others and have attempted to source and credit the copyright owners of all material used here. RTÉ would like to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified here so that the necessary corrections can be made. If you feel your copyright has not been respected please contact us.

  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
More
  • CONTACT
  • TERMS OF USE
  • PRIVACY
  • DISCLAIMER
  • COPYRIGHT