Four Churchill tanks were sent over the sea to Ireland – Mark Nash traces their history

Churchill 1B and 1D traversing rough terrain at Curragh Camp. The name Bit Special can be seen clearly chalked on the side of the air filter. At this time 1D bore the name Vampire, it would later receive the name ‘McḊiarmuid

Militarily speaking, the Republic of Ireland is officially a ‘non-aligned state’. This means that the country is mostly neutral, but will engage an enemy if necessary or if it is threatened. As such, it has remained largely neutral throughout the major wars of the 20th century but has been an active member of United Nations peacekeeping missions such as those in the Congo and Lebanon.

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