Umm, what?

Ever since Oliver Cromwell gave his troops no quarter at the Siege of Drogheda in 1649,

Do you give your own troops no quarter? Or offer no quarter to the other lot? The second, I think, no?

9 thoughts on “Umm, what?”

  1. In siege warfare you gave the besieged town a chance to surrender peacefully. If you had to take it by force the population was subject to being looted, raped and slaughtered. Them was the rules, and own troops, who after all were the ones who had to force the breach, expected to get what they had ‘earned’. The commander didn’t get much of a say. All cultures, throughout history.

  2. The standard Irish tale of Drogheda is bunkum. Cromwell indeed slaughtered the defending troops who had not surrendered. He did not launch a great massacre of the civilian inhabitants. Pure invention.

  3. Quarter was certainly offered at Drogheda – why continue a siege if you can get the town to surrender there and then? But it wasn’t taken. Once the walls were breached, its too late; all bets are off. Everyone inside is fair game. This was an accepted standard of warfare at the time and for centuries afterwards. Cromwell may have control of his troops that day but the basics of what they did was acceptable. If you refused quarter and the besieged got inside the walls, you got what was coming to you.

  4. Object lessons and incentives at work….commander may not like the outcome, but fear of the alternative doesn’t work if you have a reputation for not following through with threats.

  5. Irish are blinded by the crap they’ve been spponfed. As for Cromwell being the representative of the nasty English, he’d come to Ireland after a bloody civil war in England where a good proportion of the population was against him.

  6. I have long suspected the Irish are the most propagandised population on earth.

    How much poorer they are after becoming independent.

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