Not to mind those rifles,were already obsolete scrap by ww1.They were captured Mauser single shot rifles by the Germans,who had orginally sold them to the Russians in 189somthing.They were NOT mauser 98K models.A common misconception.Hence the Germans sent them,as they couldnt afford to equip the Irish with state of the art equipment,or even a few competant German officers.The Imperial command looked at it as some mischeif,If the Irish succeeeded ,well and good.It would pullmaybe a few divisions off the western front to sort out the Irish.If not,not much lost.
" unskilled hands " The so called unskilled hands didn't do too bad on Easter Week 1916 and other gun battles around the country now didn't they
Well, if you call a static defence of a bunch of isolated from each other buildings,where you allow yourselves to be trapped with no viable escape plans.You fail to disrupt or control the communications with the UK or the rest of Ireland or prevent reinforcements arriving from the Curragh,you dont plan on thaing the magazine fort in the Phoenix park,and two of your heroic freedom fighters shoot a ten year old kid in the back.Not to mind you fail to bring the citizens of Dublin with you with you .You are lead by no one with any great military training,but by an ego manic who is into blood scarfice.Yeah ..a great sucess!!
As for the Boer tactics.It was the British that beat them by the use of concentration camps and forcing the Boers to operate in a vaccum,of no resupply or a friendly poulation.It wouldnt have taken them that long to figure out that tactic would have worked fine in W Cork either.A patrol gets ambushed..Burn out four villages in the area,execute every man and boy in the district and and remove the women and children to a holding pen somwhere.Those kinds of reprisel activities were much favoured by the people who were under the second part of your signature in the 1940s in the countries they visited in Europe
.Wouldnt have mattered if the IRA had been effective then.They would have been demoralised totally,not to mind the civil war and war of independance really only happened in 5 of 32 counties of Ireland.What were the other27 doing to support their independance??The British calculated that it would have required 250,000 full time troops and ancillary,plus naval ,airforce,etc to subjugate Ireland if the Irish hadnt signed the treaty.David Lyod George told them this was their stark choice.Sign and gain a freedom to be free or face a total and bloody destruction.A bunch of old mausers and what not wouldnt have stopped it.
And the Brits were far from being able to throw their weight around as you'd like to make out. Firstly their was Irish America ( which was criplling British trade with Britain by the dockers and Teamsters unions refusing to handle British goods ) and it's political clout, secondly the British public which was war weary after WW1 and certainly would not have supported the introduction of Boer War type war crimes, and thridly international opinion which was totally on Ireland's side.
As if Britan would be really too botherd.They still had an Empire where the Sun more or less still never set,it could still produce anything the US could.Nor was the US very intrested in European affairs as it was becoming isolationist and looking into the Depression.So what a bunch of Irishmen did in NYC or New Jersey on the docks was being monitored already by an up and coming J Edgar Hoover.
As for international opinion condeming Britans actions,what sanctions could be taken by whom?The leauge of Nations was just a talking shop with no policing powersor sanctioning powers.It was really effective in stopping the British with the Amistar massacre in India,Mussolini stomping around Libya and Ethopia and Adolf helping himself to half Europe.
War weary Britan would only have been too happyto have been able to boost up its forces to go Paddy bashing again.It was a job wasnt it??
Why do you think the Auxies and Tans were over here in the 1st place??
In the end,it was proably just as well the aud was scuttled.It wouldnt have speed up anything and proably only prolonged things.