Irish Brigade

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


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

We welcome your comments and suggestions about this website and you can also sign our guest book here.

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.

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


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:

Piper Jeff Jeffrey at the Vatican.

Rifleman James Murtagh MM at Maletto.

Father Daniel Kelleher MC

Major Colin Gibbs MC.

Captain William Hanna.

Charles Ward remembers his time with the London Irish Rifles and Special Operations Executive.

Lieutenant Desmond Fay at Casa Spinello, October 23rd 1944.

Major Sir Mervyn Davies MC 1918 – 2015.

Day by day account of Operation ‘Buckland’, April 9th to 25th 1945.

London Irish Rifles at Casa Spinello, October 23rd 1944.

The Faughs at Monte Spaduro, October 1944.

Edmund O’Sullivan joins the London Irish Rifles, September 1939.

Captain Strome Galloway at Stuka Farm, February 1943.

Canadians serving with the Irish Brigade.

Sergeant Edward Mayo’s family photographs.

Fusilier Edward Graham.

Sicily, July 2014.

Read details of the Irish Brigade web site’s visit to Italy during May 2014 here.

Click here to read all the latest news.


We have now completed commemoration the 70th anniversary dates of the progress of the Irish Brigade from their arrival at Algiers on 22nd 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.


Click on the following links:

  • To view details of more than 1,000 men who died while serving with the Brigade.
  • To read first hand accounts written by men who served in the Irish Brigade.
  • To read an account of the Brigade’s actions from November 1942 to December 1943 written by Brigadier Nelson Russell:

     – Tunisia from November 1942 to May 1943.

     – Sicily during July and August 1943.

     – Italy from September to December 1943.

  • To read an account of the Brigade’s actions in Italy from March 1944 to July 1945 written by Brigadier TPD Scott.
  • To read the Brigade and Battalions’ war diaries, the day by day accounts of the campaigns in Tunis and Italy from November 1942 to May 1945, click on the following links:

    – 38 (Irish) Brigade.

    – 2 London Irish Rifles.

     – 6 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from November 1942 to August 1944.

    – 2 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from July 1944 to May 1945.

    – 1 Royal Irish Fusiliers.

  • To view the transcribed citations for honours and awards awarded to men of 38 (Irish) Brigade.
  • To read the official histories of the 1st and 2nd Battalion of the London Irish Rifles.


  • A detailed battlefield walking guide to the Bou Arada area where the Irish Brigade fought its first major actions during January and February 1943.
  • A detailed battlefield walking guide to the Liri Valley for the period 14-17 May 1944.
  • A comprehensive visit report from the Liri Valley and a narrative guide to the Irish Brigade’s assault on San Fantucchio and Pucciarelli on 21-25 June 1944.


  • 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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