Between 1939 and 1945, over two hundred German and forty-five Allied servicemen were interned in neutral Ireland. They presented a series of extremely complex issues for the de Valera government, which strove to balance Ireland's international relationships with its obligations as a neutral.
Bernard Kelly is an Honorary Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK. His research interests are British-Irish military history, post-conflict studies and twentieth-century migration. His first book Returning Home: Irish Ex-Servicemen after the Second World War published in 2012.
Introduction 1. Locking Them Up: Internment, Prisoners of War and International Law 2. Keeping One Eye Abroad: Belligerent Internment and Diplomacy 3. Settling In and Earning Their Keep: Life in K-Lines 4. Breaking Out and Breaking In: Escape Conclusion: 'Not Breaking but Making International Law'?