Mobility being its raison d'être, a flying column is composed of picked men and horses accompanied with the barest minimum of baggage. The term is usually, though not necessarily, applied to forces under the strength of a brigade.
The mobile columns employed by the British forces in the South African War of 1899–1902, were usually of the strength of two battalions of infantry, a battery of artillery, and a squadron of cavalry, almost exactly half that of a mixed brigade.
Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney star as two brothers who end up on opposite sides in the Irish Civil War, in Ken Loach's sweeping historical epic. Damien and Teddy start out fighting together in a Cork flying column, but when the treaty splits the IRA, they become reluctant enemies. Loach's film memorably evokes the War of Independence and its aftermath, and is beautifully shot. Liam Cunningham also stars.(Column)
Dec 13, 2008; The Wind That Shakes The Barley Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney star as two brothers who end up on opposite sides in the Irish...