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Freedom Fighters - Wales's Forgotten 'War', 1963-1993
John Humphries
ISBN: 9780708321775 (0708321771)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Tachwedd 2008
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 244x172 mm, 238 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Ein Pris: £19.99 
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Mae Freedom Fighters yn edrych ar gyfnod treisgar yn hanes diweddar Cymru, cyfnod sydd wedi cael ei anwybyddu neu ei wthio i'r cyrion gan nifer o haneswyr confensiynol. Mae awdur y gyfrol hon yn defnyddio sawl ffynhonnell i ddarlunio cyfnod pan aeth criw o Gymry ati i gyhoeddi rhyfel yn erbyn Lloegr dan enw 'Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru'.

Freedom Fighters covers a violent episode in recent Welsh history shunned or relegated to the sidelines by more conventional historians. By drawing together various sources, the author has produced a highly compelling narrative of a period when a group of Welshmen declared war on England with gelignite and fire-bombs.
This large format paperback is subtitled ‘Wales’s Forgotten War, 1963–1993’. The flame which ignited this conflict came a few years prior to 1963 when the village of Capel Celyn near Bala was drowned in order to supply water for the Liverpool Corporation.

This decision provoked anger among many Welsh patriots and when it was followed a few years later with a further scheme to flood a Welsh valley, this time Clywedog, the flames of resentment grew ever deeper. It was hardly surprising, therefore, that when it was proposed to hold the investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle men were prepared to lay down their lives in the cause of what, understandably, they regarded as a just cause.

The group of freedom fighters used the collective name Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru, the Movement for the Defence of Wales. The Free Wales Army was also very active during this period. The Welsh police forces were fully stretched in their attempts to follow the movements of the revolutionary units and politicians, such as the despicable George Thomas, were very worried about where the next bomb would explode.

Later a campaign aimed at holiday home owners got underway and some properties were burnt to the ground, and the poet R. S. Thomas felt that this was worthy of commendation.

John Humphries is a past editor of the Western Mail and his book is likely to be the most authoritative and objective work on the subject of Welsh extremism. For the first time since the days of Owain Glyndŵr, the men who figure in this book took up the flag of Welshness and challenged English rule, events which are important in the history of twentieth-century Wales.

Dewi Roberts

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
John Humphries is the former Editor, Deputy Editor and News Editor of the Western Mail. He has previously published two books, on the Welsh Chartist Uprising and Caryl ap Rhys Pryce.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Two died, others were jailed in this struggle for Welsh independence. Could it happen again? Or is yesterday's Welsh patriot doomed to become tomorrow's terrorist? Freedom Fighters provides a fascinating insight into Welsh patriotism on the extremist fringes.
The principal focus of the book is the role of the two main protagonists of Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru (MAC), the Movement for the Defence of Wales, Owen Williams and John Jenkins. Welsh consciousness is uncomfortable with the memory of the Sixties' sabotage campaign directed by this secret, extremist organisation at water pipelines, Government offices and the Prince of Wales. No matter what the authentic voice of democratic nationalism might think of these foot soldiers in Wales's forgotten war, they cannot be ignored. This book tells the story of this remarkable campaign from its inception in 1963 up to the establishment of the Welsh Assembly and considers to what extent the direct action of the Sixties' picked up again by the holiday home arsonists a decade later, helped shape a political environment in which the governing class became more receptive to Welsh aspirations.
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