Black and Tans


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Black and Tan

n. pl. Black and Tans
1. A two-toned drink consisting of a layer of ale topped by a layer of stout.
2. A member of a paramilitary force recruited in Britain and sent to Ireland as part of the Royal Irish Constabulary to suppress the Sinn Fein rebellion of 1919 to 1921.

[Sense 2, from the colors of the original uniforms of the force, which combined khaki army trousers with dark-colored police jackets and caps due to lack of supply.]

Black and Tans

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(Historical Terms) the Black and Tans a specially recruited armed auxiliary police force sent to Ireland in 1921 by the British Government to combat Sinn Féin
[name suggested by the colour of their uniforms and the Black and Tans hunt in Munster]

Black and Tans

1919–21, A British force sent to Ireland to combat Sinn Fein and using very similar terror tactics. Nicknamed for the color of their uniforms.
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Of all of the villains in Irish history, few are as ideally emblematic as the Black and Tans.
From this he turns to a close study of the situation in West Galway between 1920-21 and then to a more detailed look first at the Black and Tans and then at the Auxiliary Division.
The Black and Tan sneaker takes inspiration for the fine balancing act of a stout on top a pale ale in a pint glass," said the company, not realising the Black and Tans were the detested rabble of ex-jailbirds sent over by the British in the 1920s to kill Republicans.
The Black and Tans, so nicknamed because of their uniforms, were part of a British escalation of violence and brutality against the Irish in the 1920s.
The Black and Tans were World War One veterans recruited by the Royal Irish Constabulary as temporary constables.
The Black and Tan sneaker takes inspiration for the fine balancing act of a Stout (Guinness) on top a Pale Ale (Harp) in a pint glass.
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