The lesser known fact regarding the Irish military at the time was how they went about equipping their air force. As you know; there was a lot of dogfighting on/around the British isles, and although Ireland was not part of any of it, some planes; British, American and German crashed on the Emerald Isle. Unlike other countries who would dispose of the wrecks, maybe selling their parts as scrap or recycling the metal to make into munitions and whatnot, the Irish restored EVERY SINGLE plane that crashed into their territory. The result; an air force that would give any invading force a bloody nose without a single penny spent. Clever Irish.