News From The Mannin Branch Celtic League:
The somewhat innocuous looking barn is the site of one of what sadly would become one of many massacre’s committed in World War 2.
Soldiers of the Warwickshire and Cheshire Regiment were taken to the barn after being taken prisoner by the 1st Liebstandarte Division of the SS. The German troops eventually through stick grenades into the barn and killed most of those inside.
There’s a memorial near the site with the names of those who died and the massacre is commemorated regularly.
Many of the German troops went on to die themselves in the final battle for Dunkirk.
Can you imagine the outrage if it was decided that the names of the dead Germans should be placed alongside those of their victims– one can imagine the justifiable anger.
However that is just what has happened in Ireland recently. A wall carrying the names of British soldiers who died putting down the Easter Rising are carved alongside those of their victims. Further unlike the men of the Warwickshire and Cheshire Regiments who had been combatants their names are carved alongside many innocent civilians killed in the most brutal fashion by the British Army (see link):
The events at Wormhoudt and in Dublin have something else in common no one was ever held to account!
Issued by: The Mannin Branch Celtic League
THE CELTIC LEAGUE
The Celtic League established in 1961 has branches in the six Celtic Countries including our own Mannin branch. It promotes cooperation between the countries and campaigns on a range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, military activity and socio-economic issues
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