Britain to the rescue if Hitler invaded Eire; WWII.
IRELAND held crisis talks to persuade Britain to rescue her if the Nazis invaded during World War II, it emerged yesterday.
Diplomats were so shocked by Hitler's disregard for neutral countries, it was feared his troops could storm Ireland, using the Republic as a back door to attack the UK.
Details of the sensitive defence talks in mid 1940 are contained in Documents on Irish Foreign Policy 1939-1941 published last night by Dublin's Foreign Minister Micheal Martin.
At London meetings in May 1941, Joseph Walshe, secretary of the Department of External Affairs and Colonel Liam Archer, then head of Irish Army intelligence, asked the British to station forces in Ireland in advance of a possible invasion.
Walshe said that as soon as it "became apparent an act of aggression had taken place against Ireland the whole attitude of the Irish people would change and they would gladly welcome support from British troops".
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 26, 2008|
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