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23December 1939

IRA raid Irish ammunition storage fort

At 8pm on this day, the IRA raided Phoenix Park Magazine Fort, Ireland’s largest ammunitions dump. The IRA escaped with more than a million rounds of ammunition.

The IRA chose 23rd December, believing the Christmas period would lead to less guards on duty. The terrorist organisation chose to raid the ammunition dump as they needed ammunition for their Thompson submachine guns. The IRA made off with more than a million rounds of revolver and machine-gun ammunition.

Within four days of the raid, a huge nationwide search was launched. By 1st January 1940, the hunt had resulted in sixteen arrests, and the recovery of 850,000 rounds of ammunition, approximately 3/4 of all ammunition stolen in the raid. The event would become known as the Christmas Raid.

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