To demonstrate this, Leeson adopts a wider focus than his title might indicate, one that encompasses not just the Black and Tans and the Auxiliaries, but the RIC as well.
After only a brief period of training (which was as little as three days for former infantrymen), the Black and Tans were deployed to police stations scattered throughout Ireland, where they quickly found themselves in a struggle against an elusive foe.
Drawing extensively upon British and (to a lesser degree) Irish archival resources, he provides a powerful corrective to the prevailing image of both the Black and Tans and the Auxiliaries in Irish history.
Nike had named one of its sneaker brands Black and Tan.
Black and Tan is also a term reviled in Ireland, a sneering reference to the British forces accused of mistreating Irish citizens in the 1920s.