100 Years Ago – 28 December 1920

28 December 1920

The press reported the fears that the British and French Governments had about the number of men in German ‘revenge organisations’, which totalled an estimated 2 million members with 1 million rifles. This was in addition to the 300,000 men in the German army, with a needed about the future maximum size of the German military machine being called for.

There were outbreaks of violence in Londonderry with shots being fired and bottles smashed. The military were needed in armoured cars to break up the disturbances.

There were clashes between the military and local civilians at a dance hall in Bruff, County Limerick. One policeman and three civilians lost their lives, with the military arresting 138 people for further enquiries.