...to The Irish Brigade website, a resource devoted to the history of 38 (Irish) Brigade, a Second World War formation of the British Army, that, when it was formed, largely comprised men, who were from Ireland or of Irish origin, and which gained an unrivalled reputation during Allied campaigns in Tunisia, Sicily and mainland Italy. This site aims to preserve the memory of the Irish Brigade and to build bonds of friendship among the people of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Tunisia and Italy.
To access the information on the Irish Brigade website, please click on the menu tabs on the left hand side of the screen. This is a living project that aims to collect in one place as much information as possible about the Irish Brigade during the Second World War, and the thousands of men who served with it. We welcome your comments and suggestions to improve the content included, and you can also sign our guest book.
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 ATS from 1942 to 1946. Click here to read Ted and Pat O'Sullivan's story.
We are holding two events during July 2013 and all are welcome to attend. Both are free to attend.
Thursday 25 July 2013, 1100-1300.
Venue: Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Whitehall, London.
"Military History and the World Wide Web".
Saturday 27th July 2013, 1000-1300.
Venue: Tower Museum, Derry/Londonderry.
"Irish Brigade in the Second World War".
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:
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.