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It's not like there were ever that many Brits either.
by generic on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 12:23:27 AM EST
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They had military rather than economic superiority, and paid the natives to do the fighting for them. About 200,000 Irish fought for the British empire in WWI and, despite official neutrality, about 70,000 in WWII. But don't tell Churchill:  He harboured great hostility towards Ireland for its official policy of neutrality (despite unofficial and clandestine support for British side).

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 04:41:45 PM EST
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But don't tell Churchill:

Didn't a lot of Indians ("A beastly people with a beastly religion") also fight in WWII?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 04:53:00 PM EST
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There were 2.5 Million Indian troops fighting on the Allied side, and 4,500 on the German side. But it was Great Britain which won the war!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 04:56:53 PM EST
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In the chaos of war, conscription failed for Ireland, split Redmond's Irish Volunteers, rise of National Volunteers, Irish Republican Brotherhood, Easter Uprising, and the Belfast Pogrom of 1920.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 08:44:41 PM EST
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