A veteran of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers tells how he was injured in a shell explosion at Oppy Wood which killed his three companions.
- Title The Irish Brigades In The First World War
- 1st Broadcast 08/12/1974
- ContributorKieran Sheedy (Producer)
Tom McGurk (Presenter)
- Clip Duration 00:02:23
- Material Type Audio
- Clip title "I Got Blown Out Sky High"
- Extended description
This veteran of the 10th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers describes his first experience of trench warfare. The Oppy Wood frontline was a mass of shell holes like a sieve. While having tea with some companions a shell exploded he describes what happened next,
"I got ripped up I got blown out sky high. I got every bit of clothes torn off me."
Three of his companions were killed. He was given a bottle of whiskey while waiting for medical aid.
'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 wounded in an Allied hospital in northern France being nursed.
Image from World War Through The Stereoscope (Meadville, PA, 1921)
- Local keywords First World War, World War 1, Great War, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Wars, Conflicts
- Geographical coverage Arras, Oppy Wood, France, Ireland
- Topic Wars and Conflict
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1974
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier AA15864
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
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