Irish Brigade

The story of the 38th (Irish) Brigade in the Second World War

Faugh a Ballagh        Nec Aspera Terrent         Quis Separabit

About the Irish Brigade website


This is 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 in early 1942, 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.

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 today among the people of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Tunisia and Italy.

We welcome comments and suggestions about this website. Your messages can be sent using the email dialogue box at the bottom of the page which can be found by scrolling down.

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. Edmund O’Sullivan is photographed right bearing the insignia of his rank as sergeant major in the summer of 1945.

Read the story of Colour Sergeant Edmund O’Sullivan during and before the Second World War here

You can read Edmund and Patricia O’Sullivan’s life stories after 1945 here.

News and articles

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. Some recently added articles can be found here:

Click here to read all the latest news about the Irish Brigade and its history.

Month-by-month campaign narratives

We have now completed commemorating the progress of the Irish Brigade from their arrival at Algiers on 22 November 1942 until their entry into Austria in early May 1945 by adding a detailed month by month guide to their journey through Tunisia and Italy.

Click here to read these monthly updates.

Official documents and accounts

Click on the following links:

Battlefield tours and guides

Photographic memories

View war-time photographs from the album of RSM George Charnick of the 2nd Battalion of the London Irish Rifles, who was one of the most decorated members of the Irish Brigade.

You can view other photographs that have been sent to us here.

Full tribute is given here to all the men, who served with the three infantry battalions of the Irish Brigade but we should not forget the remarkable support provided to them by men of 56th Reconnaissance Regiment, 17th Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery, 1st Kensington Regiment, 214 Field Squadron of the Royal Engineers and 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

 Irish Brigade Pipes and Drums in front of St Peter’s Basilica during July 1944

 (Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum).

This 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 Irish Brigade from November 1942 until May 1945.

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