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An Illustrated History of the Irish Guards
with a Foreword by HRH The Duke of Cambridge

Up the Micks, an Illustrated History of the Irish Guards, has recently been updated and republished. Back in 2000 a team led by Colonel Sir William Mahon Bt were responsible for producing a highly successful centenary book covering the story so far. This latest book draws heavily on the first edition with two new chapters and extremely comprehensive appendices which provide details of key personnel who have served with the Micks since 1900, including all the Wolfhounds from Brian Boru to Domhnall.

This book is rather like a splendid regimental scrapbook, augmented by an excellent narrative, a huge number of photographs, detailed captions, and maps. By its nature it will be enjoyed particularly by past and present members of the Irish Guards and their families, but it also has a wider appeal. This beautifully produced book encapsulates the special qualities of a regiment in all its many forms. We see soldiers at war, on the drill square, on state ceremonial and with members of the Royal Family, on exercises, and in many other familiar guises. The last 15 years since the centenary are also well covered, with the Irish Guards on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and taking part in the wedding of The Colonel of the Regiment, HRH The Duke of Cambridge. Since this edition ends in 2015, we can be confident that the book will be updated again in the future. An excellent record of a regiment.

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Up the Micks, an Illustrated History of the Irish Guards, with a Foreword by HRH The Duke of Cambridge. Published by Pen & Sword Books.

CSM Toler receives the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field from Field Marshal Viscount French. Warley Barracks, St Patrick’s Day 1917. Lord French succeeded Lord Kitchener as Colonel of the Irish Guards following the latter’s death in June 1916. CSM Toher was the originator of the ever famous saying with reference to one of our own barrages: ‘And even the wurrums themselves are getting up and crying for mercy’

St Patrick’s Day 1995, Chelsea Barracks. Always the same yet always different and for ever special. Her Majesty The Queen with Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the Colonel, The Duke of Luxembourg, who had just been appointed honorary General

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