The Irish Brigade continued their advance in early June 1944 as the whole German Army hurriedly moved northwards to re-establish a strong defensive line near to Lake Trasimeno.
At the start of the month, the Irish Rifles entered the mountaintop lair of San Oreste, where Field Marshal Kesselring had established his HQ, before moving on towards Orvieto. At the same time, some elements of the Faughs were detached from the brigade on a variety of assignments, before they joined a spearhead advance led by 56 Recce Regiment, which took them to the southern shore of Lake Trasimene.
In the midst of the advance northwards, on 12th June, Pat Scott took the opportunity to accompany a body of men from all three battalions for a memorable visit to the Vatican and an audience with Pope Pius.
Read Pat Scott’s narrative of the Irish Brigade’s advance north of Rome by clicking on the links below:
Read ‘Battles at Trasimeno’ here.