Does anyone have any pointers (e.g. academic or other surveys etc.) to why individual Irish folk decided to join UK armed forces in WWII, given the history between the two countries, independence, the civil war, Irish neutrality, the political fragility of the country and the possible (OK - probable) emnity of some other Irish folk towards the UK? I was wondering whether the reasons would be: - Anti-Nazi leanings - Nostalgia and a sense of historical link to UK (unlikely I know but, 'me Da was a British soldier' may have been a reason (please excuse the poor Irish accent )) - Unemployment and poor job opportunities (although the number of Irish citizens who replaced British workers in UK industry seems to discount this) - the Wild Geese effect (e.g. Glory) Any ideas? I became facinated after reading Brian Girvin's book 'The Emergency' and would appreciate any advice or (reasonable) opinions. Some estimates are around 150,000 people, although Girvin reckons the number to be 60-70,000 which in itself is a significant number of young people for the Irish population to lose.