Newspaper predicts civil war in North-East Ulster

Published: 24 August 1913

The Standard has reported that the 19th Infantry Brigade is to be brought from England to North-East Ulster next month to take part in inter-divisional manoeuvres. The paper does not see this as an exercise however, but as evidence that Unionist opposition to Home Rule will be crushed by the force of the British Army. ‘This is part one of the military preparations to coerce Ireland; the rest are to follow. It might be regarded as the vigorous offensive that will precede the establishment of martial law in Ulster, and that a military regime will be established there is nothing more certain. I am in a position to state that arrangements are well advanced for putting this into effect’. 

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