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British Blue Shirts
The Army Comrades Association (ACA), later named the National Guard and better known by the nickname The Blueshirts (Irish: Na Léinte Gorma), was a right-wing Irish political organisation active in the 1930s.
The Blueshirts are sometimes described as “quasi-fascist”, and the extent to which they can be seen as the Irish equivalent of Hitler’s Brownshirts and Mussolini’s Blackshirts continues to be debated.
They employed paramilitary-style uniforms
Greeted each other with the Roman salute
Participated in street fights against the IRA.
However some historians have argued that the members of the Blueshirts, generally speaking:shared an opposition to the Irish Republican Army, the governing Fianna Fáil party, and contemporary economic policies.
Rather than a fascist ideology; they were defensive rather than offensive, and; unlike their counterparts in other countries, were not known to engage in political terrorism.

British Blue Shirts

The Army Comrades Association (ACA), later named the National Guard and better known by the nickname The Blueshirts (Irish: Na Léinte Gorma), was a right-wing Irish political organisation active in the 1930s.

The Blueshirts are sometimes described as “quasi-fascist”, and the extent to which they can be seen as the Irish equivalent of Hitler’s Brownshirts and Mussolini’s Blackshirts continues to be debated.

However some historians have argued that the members of the Blueshirts, generally speaking:shared an opposition to the Irish Republican Army, the governing Fianna Fáil party, and contemporary economic policies.

Rather than a fascist ideology; they were defensive rather than offensive, and; unlike their counterparts in other countries, were not known to engage in political terrorism.

Posted: Sun August 7th, 2011 at 1:37pm
Tagged: Blueshirts Ireland Irish facism war soldiers
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