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date: 19 May 2022

Black and Tans 

A Dictionary of Contemporary World History

Christopher Riches,

Jan Palmowski

An auxiliary force of the Royal Irish Constabulary, comprising of British ex‐soldiers. It was established in January 1920 to supplement the regular force, which was under increasing pressure from the activities of Irish republicans. It gained its name from its distinctive uniforms which, owing to a shortage of police uniforms, included items of army clothing. The Black and Tans adopted a policy of harsh reprisals against republicans, killing many people in raids, and destroying property. In ... ...

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