Churchill used the tactics of Sinn Feins Michael Collins

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  1. For the WWII Resistance movements, and for their British backers in SOE who had been ordered by Prime Minister Winston Churchill to "set Europe ablaze," they were freedom fighters. Their clandestine work of sabotage and ambush, destroying bridges and railroads, assassinating German officials and their local collaborators, was a wholly justifiable tactic of a war of national liberation. And it was the Nazi occupiers of Europe during World War II who characterized the work of the French and Czech and Polish Resistance movements, as backed by Britain's Special Operations Executive, as 'terrorism."

    Michael Collins, who orchestrated the Anglo-Irish war of 1919-1921 had a more succinct principal behind his campaign of intelligence, assassination, and propaganda: create "bloody mayhem."

    Guerrilla tactics

  2. Your point is....?

  3. Collins made every effort to avoid a civil war. He drafted a new constitution which he hoped would be acceptable to the Republicans. The rebels had been Collins' comrades-in-arms and he desperately wanted to avoid such a tragedy, but his efforts failed. In a controversial move, he armed both pro- and anti-Treaty IRA members in the North to defend the Catholic population, but by resorting to violence against the Treaty terms in the North, he legitimised armed resistance in the South. On 6 July 1922, the Provisional Government appointed a Council of War and Collins became Commander-in-Chief of the national Army.

    Also you mention "Sinn Fein's Michael Collins"? Sinn Fein was established in 1905 by Arthur Griffith and I think you will find Eamon De Valera had more to do with Sinn Fein than Michael Collins did!!..
  4. Churchill admired Collins personally, and was highly amused at the fact that the British placed a higher price on Collins' head than the Boers had placed on his. Even in later years, Churchill was said to have become upset at the mention of Collins' name. He probably saw in Collins a kindred spirit.
  5. Pardon? He had a spleen full of horse hair and was killed by the fact the square-heads didn't want a Czechoslovakian Doctor coming near him so his wound got infected before they could get a German one. Mind you he'd probably have fallen victim to the shortcomings of 1940s medicine anyway with that sort of wound.

    Op. Anthropoid look it up.

    I can recommend the pub across the road from the church where 8 or so Czechs & Slovaks held off 600 of the ubermensch before committing suicide to avoid capture. U Parasutistu is the name - 8 pints for £3.50! :D