Sleeping with the enemy

The IRA’s shadowy wartime relationship with Nazi Germany remains largely unknown, but recently-released files have thrown fresh light on the deadly gamble that failed to pay off for the IRA, and on the enigmatic War of Independence figure who was its

3rd January, 2009

In the spring of 1945, as Allied troops sifted through the rubble of post-war Berlin, they learned many lessons about how one of the largest killing machines on earth had operated. While Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels had committed suicide in the Führer’s bunker at the end of April, many of the remaining Nazi leaders were being rounded up and would face the gallows at Nuremberg the following year.

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