...to The Irish Brigade website, a resource devoted to the history of 38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade, a Second World War formation of the British Army, that when it was formed comprised men who were largely from Ireland or of Irish origin.
The Irish Brigade gained an unrivalled reputation during Allied campaigns in Tunisia, Sicily and mainland Italy, and this website is a living project that aims to preserve the memory of the thousands of men who served with the brigade during the Second World War and to build bonds of friendship among the people of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Tunisia and Italy.
Edmund (Gerard) and Richard O'Sullivan were inspired to create the website by their father Edmund, who served with the 2nd Battalion of the London Irish Rifles from 1939 to 1946, and their mother Patricia (nee Webb), who served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) from 1942 to 1946.
We shall continue to provide information and detail of our continuing research into the history of the Irish Brigade during the Second World War, including feedback from veterans and families of the men who served with the brigade.
MONTH BY MONTH CAMPAIGN NARRATIVE.
We are commemorating the 70th anniversary dates of the progress of the Irish Brigade from their initial arrival in Algiers on 22nd November 1942 until their entry into Austria during May 1945 by adding a detailed month by month guide to their journey through Tunisia and Italy.
Click on the following links:
- 2 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from July 1944 to May 1945,
|Cairo Sporting Club, August 1944 (courtesy of the IWM).|
Whilst the fullest tribute is given here to the men of the three rifle battalions, we should not forget the fine service support provided to the Irish Brigade by men of 56th Recce, 17th Field Regiment, the Kensington Regiment, 214 Field Squadron of the Royal Engineers, numerous armoured regiments as well as the RAF, Royal Navy, RAMC, Royal Signals, RASC, REME, and RAOC.
With the greatest respect and utmost humility, we salute them all.
Faugh a Ballagh Nec Aspera Terrent Quis Separabit
The Irish Brigade website is a private, non-profit initiative dedicated to the memory of Edmund O'Sullivan, Colour Sergeant, E Company of the 2nd Battalion, London Irish Rifles during its campaigns with the brigade from November 1942 until May 1945.