The Wind that Shakes the Barley: Learning Military Tactics
Irish Republican Army recruits fighting in the Irish War of Independence group up and train in guerilla warfare tactics. The more experienced fighters teach the new recruits how to better position themselves when traveling through terrain. They also illustrate to the newer recruits that they are in peril if even a small portion of their body is visible to the enemy.

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  1. Why are these men practicing military maneuvers and tactics?
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