The 8th Army’s rapid advance toward Florence came to a grinding halt in mid June 1944 due to stubborn resistance from German defensive positions on the west side of Lake Trasimene.
On 21st June, the Irish Rifles attacked Sanfatucchio with Canadian tank support and bitter hand to hand fighting continued throughout the day before the Skins were brought up to join them on Pucciarelli Ridge. After two days of consolidation by both the advance battalions, the Faughs successfully attacked towards Pescia and Ranciano, and this contributed to a break through the defensive lines right across the Trasimene sector.
By the end of the month, the Irish Brigade had become severely depleted after six weeks of constant action and they were withdrawn for rest moving back to the Rome area.
Read Pat Scott’s narrative of the Irish Brigade’s assaults on German defensive positions near to Lake Trasimene by clicking on the links below: