Following a short rest period, on 26th May 1944, the Irish Brigade again took up the lead of the 8th Army’s advance northwards.
After crossing the Liri at Ceprano, the Faughs moved onto Strangalogalli and, after taking a cross country path, the Irish Rifles successfully assaulted Hill 255 close to the Strangalogalli to Ripi road and then broke through stubborn defensive positions at San Giovanni. This opened the road towards Ripi and from this point onwards, all German forces in the area rapidly withdrew to new defensive lines to the north of Rome.
Read Pat Scott’s narrative of the Irish Brigade’s advance towards Ripi by clicking on the links below:
Read ‘North of Rome’ here.