...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 soldiers from Ireland or those 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.
It has been created by Edmund (Gerard) O'Sullivan and Richard O'Sullivan in memory of 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.
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.
From November 2012 onwards, we shall start to commemorate the 70th anniversary dates of the progress of the Irish Brigade from their initial arrival in Algiers on 22nd November 1942, by adding a detailed month by month guide to their journey through Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, until their entry into Austria during May 1945.
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To access all the information on the Irish Brigade website, please click on the 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 within this website, and you can sign our guest book here.
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, RAMC, Royal Signals, RASC, REME, and RAOC.
With the greatest respect and utmost humility, we salute them all.
Faugh a Ballagh!
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 in E Company of the 2nd Battalion of the London Irish Rifles during its campaigns with the brigade from November 1942 until May 1945.