|IRA chief-of-staff Tom Barry|
At the same time he remained a militant republican and in March 1936 he was involved in the murder of Vice-Admiral Henry Somerville. The following year he succeeded Sean McBride as IRA chief of staff and in January 1937 he travelled to Germany to seek the support of the Nazis for the IRA. Support from Germany was to be organised through Clann na Gael in America. In fact the IRA Army Convention in April 1938 went for another plan put forward by Sean Russell and Tom Barry resigned. However he remained in contact with the Nazi agents until at least February 1939 and the IRA continued to seek and secure German support for its terrorist campaigns in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. While Irishmen and Ulstermen fought in the ranks of the British Army against the Nazis, the IRA was happy to collaborate with Hitler and his Nazi regime. So there was in fact a link between Tom Barry and the Nazis.