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As Ireland was not a direct participant in the Second World War, its impact was mostly indirect. The government of the time declared a state of emergency and that is how the Second World War is still sometimes referred to in Ireland, mostly in jest, as if to emphasise the extremely insular view we took of that conflict.

In summary, the Fianna Fail government of the time, led by Eamonn De Valera, couldn't countenance siding with the British in the war so soon after the war of independence and as the British still occupied 6 north eastern counties of Ireland aka N. Ireland, against the wished of the Irish people as a whole.

In practice many thousands of Irish men and women enlisted in the British armed forces and the government gave some semi-covert assistance to the allied cause. Irish "neutrality" in the war remained a source of great bitterness to some British and to Churchill in particular. Most recognised that formal Irish participation would have made little difference as Ireland had virtually no armed forces at the time and was still impoverished by the Anglo-Irish economic war of 1932-38.

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