Ireland: I.R.A.'s Exit

At hideaways near the United Kingdom's only guarded border last week, 30 young men sorrowfully stored their arms and folded away the olive-green uniforms whose orange, green and white shoulder patches bore the proud label "Freedom Fighters." They were the remnants of 500 romantics who in 1956 launched the Irish Republican Army's last terrorist campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland.

The little border war could not be compared with the blood-soaked '20s (it took only 15 lives), but "the boys" managed to do $3,000,000 worth of property damage and pin down 5,000 ill-spared men of Britain's regular army,...

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