I found this on another forum. A new book details the treatment of those who left the Irish Army to go and fight in WW2.
Their treatment by the Government of the day was called:-
The reason he said this was because the legislation was framed so that deserters who stayed at home were let off - ignored - while those who joined the Allied armies were court-martialed.Fine Gael deputy leader, Dr. Thomas F. O’Higgins, described the Government’s action as “brutal, unchristian and inhuman, stimulated by malice, seething with hatred, and oozing with venom”.
The book also details how an Irish Naval captain took an Irish ship, which he'd had out on sea trials, to Dunkirk to help with the evacuation.... in secret of course.
A review of the book here:-
Heroism and betrayal
Any of the old salts who post here heard of this ship story ? Or has anyone known anyone who was court-martialed ?