I started off with that book, then ended up hunting down a video of the film, problem there was I got an illegal copy! Illegal only as they had withdrawn the video when they had to have it reclassified, and the cost was not economic.
Then on to "The Riddle of Erskine Childers", again really good stuff. Probably relevant no one sure if he was spying for the Brits (while working at the centre of government) or the Irish.
Seems very topical given the recent press on Arthur Ransome.
Who alleged that AR was a Russian spy and why? OK, I know that he was a correspondent in Russia, and wife was Trotsky's secretary, but... In fact, having a wife associated with Trotsky, the arch "enemy of the people", would, I would have thought, made it even less likely he was a spy, but I'm curious where the idea comes from.
As for Erskine, I'm afraid I haven't read his (detailed) biography, but being shot by as an alleged traitor, while not conclusive, is not really a normal thing to happen to the average man on the street, is it?
He was an honourable heroic freedom fighter! He did gun run arms to the IRA on board his yacht the Asgard, but he was actually executed by an Irish Free State Firing Squad after mounting a rather fierce anti-treaty campaign for Dev's lot, and then making the mistake of being caught with a pistol in his possession.
A tragic loss. Just one of many in the Irish Civil War.
Oh, don't get excited about those old charts, as the Friesian Islands are quite better covered here http://j.neostrada.pl/mapy/ . I thought it was the Baltic you were looking for... /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
According to the forward(by Geoffrey Household) "He was described by Winston Churchill as showing deadly and malignant hatred for England", yet the night before he was shot he wrote to his wife saying, "I die loving England". Apparently he shook hands with each member of the firing squad and said, "Take a step or two closer lads, it'll be easier that way".