No-Man’s-Land Endures: The Anglo-Irish War, 1919–1921
This chapter examines the Anglo-Irish War’s impact on the association of the Great War with Britain and imperialism. Fighting against Britain for independence created a division between that severely hampered veterans’ abilities to negotiate a positive view of their service. People, events, and symbols connected to the Empire were denounced as imperial. The targeting of veterans by the IRA reinforced the perception that these men were disloyal to Irish independence. The identity of ex-servicemen was defined for them by the counter-state government, the IRA, and British forces. As the war and its participants were defined by the public as anti-Irish, veterans and their families found ways to commemorate in which they restored meaning to their war service despite the changing political context.