Page 252. " the Mad Mullah in Somaliland "

Sayyid Muhammad Abd Allah al-Hasan (1856-1920), referred to by the British as the Mad Mullah, was a Somali religious and nationalist leader. He founded the Dervish State in Somalia that fought an anti-imperial war against British, Italian and Ethiopian forces for over 20 years.


Taleh Castle in Somalia
Public DomainTaleh Castle in Somalia - Credit: Scoobycentric


Page 255. " Count von Clausewitz "

Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian soldier and writer, most notable for his work On War.




Page 255. " Sir Horace Plunkett "

An Anglo-Irish unionist and later an Irish nationalist, Sir Horace Plunkett was a political reformer as well as an MP.

Page 266. " Oh Paddy dear and did you hear... "

These lines are taken from the anonymously written Irish street ballad, "The Wearing of the Green". The context of the song is the repression around the time of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, when the wearing of revolutionary insignia was punishable by hanging.

("The Wearing of the Green" performed by John McCormack)


Oh, Paddy dear, and did you hear
The news that's going round?
The shamrock is forbid by law
To grow on Irish ground!
St. Patrick's Day no more we'll keep,
His color can't be seen,
For there's a bloomin' law agin'
The wearing of the green.
I met with Napper Tandy
And he took me by the hand,
And he said, "How's poor old Ireland
And how does she stand?"
"She's the most distressful country
That ever yet was seen;
They're hanging men and women there
For wearing of the green."
Then since the color we must wear
Is England's cruel red,
Sure Ireland's songs will ne'er forget
The blood that they have shed.
You may take the shamrock from your hat now,
Cast it on the sod,
But 'twill take root and flourish still,
Tho' under foot it's trod.
When the law can stop the blades of green
From growing as they grow,
And when the leaves in summertime
Their verdue dare not show,
Then I will change the color that I
Wear in my canteen;
But 'till that day, please God, I'll stick
To wearing of the green.