As the world marched to war in 1914, the Army of the British Empire was secretly recovering from one of its most momentous events of its history. In the Curragh Army Camp in the rolling countryside of county Kildare, a senior British General and his officers had threatened to resign rather than deploy their forces to Ulster in response to threats from the Protestant populations there refusing to accept Home Rule. This was the so called Curragh Mutiny, which precipitated the most serious crisis of civil-military relations in modern British history. In this engaging and enjoyable new history of those events, Paul O'Brien explores the why and the how of those strange days as well as putting the vents in a wider context and bringing home to the modern reader just how close to civil war the British Empire stood in 1914. About the Author: Paul O' Brien is a military historian who has studied Irish and British military activity during the Easter Rising 1916. He has written a number of works on the 1916 Rising focusing on the military aspects of Easter week. This original work has brought new life to the military history of the 1916 Rising. A keen collector of model soldiers he lives in Dublin.