‘No Surrender Here!’

The Civil War Papers of Ernie O'Malley 1922-1924

By: Ernie O’Malley

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“A fantastic book, definitely worth getting.” –

This collection documents one man’s attitude to war and his difficult acceptance of peace, his experience of capture, imprisonment, hunger strike and finally release. In these letters, however, ‘No Surrender Here!’ also captures the voices of both the leadership and the rank and file: the detached and often inappropriate orders from above, and the confusion of men who, in some cases without boots on their feet, know that theirs is a hopeless cause. Letters to friends and family also reveal the more personal costs of war.

Just over a month after the 1921 truce that ended Ireland’s fight with England, Ernie O’Malley longed for a return to war. Ten months later he was waging civil war against many of the men he had once fought with, against those who accepted the new Irish Free State.

‘No Surrender Here!’ The Civil War Papers of Ernie O’Malley 1922-1924 is the first comprehensive collection of letters, memoranda and orders detailing this period of chaos and confusion, intransigence and idealism, which gripped the country from June 1922 to May 1923. These documents detail the war as it was fought with none of the benefit of hindsight and occasional artistry that marks the memoirs of many of the men involved, not least O’Malley’s own carefully crafted narratives, ‘On Another Man’s Wound’ and ‘The Singing Flame’, published decades later.

These fully annotated documents, given historical perspective with a general introduction by Professor Joe Lee, provide extraordinary insights into the republican mentality during the Irish Civil War, into what remains a contested and controversial period of modern Irish history.


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2 reviews for ‘No Surrender Here!’

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lilliput Press

    I am about a third of the way through the book and it is fascinating in that it shows the day to day routine tasks of men who are willing to put their life on the line for a principle and their country. The book does not judge the wisdom of their actions it only lets us see the sincerity of their motives. AMSTEL BOB

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lilliput Press

    This book is a collection of writings written by Ernie O’Malley during the Irish Civil War. Devoutly Anti-Treaty, O’Malley was perhaps the most articulate and thought-provoking writer the Wars produced. A massive tome, the editors (including Cormac O’Malley) have done an impressive job of recording for posterity all of O’Malley’s Civil War letters and memoranda, and researchers of the period will be forever indebted to them for this. This collection augments the information O’Malley has left us and through his other writings, and reveals more about the period of in question, for example providing hitherto unknown information about the operational orders of the Anti-Treaty forces. A fantastic book, definitely worth getting. BRAN DUBH

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Weight 1.5 kg

November 2007


234×156, 642pp