Irish Brigade

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

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Irish Brigade

When John Profumo visited the Irish Brigade

John Profumo Following the autumn battles at the Gothic Line, the British Army in Italy had began to suffer acute manpower shortages and like other units, the three battalions of the Irish Brigade were reduced to three rifle companies at the start of November 1944. In early December, they were visited by two MPs, Richard…

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Canadians who served with the Irish Brigade

The ‘Q List’ men on their return to Britain in April 1943. Early in 1943, several drafts of Canadian Officers, Warrant Officers and NCOs joined the 1st Army in Tunisia. Apart from the disastrous raid on Dieppe in June 1942, Canadian forces had not at that stage been deployed to a front line theatre and there…

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Father Daniel Kelleher MC Chaplain to the Irish Brigade

During April 1944, close to the village of Caira to the north of the abbey of Monte Cassino, Father Daniel Kelleher went out to tend for several wounded men despite coming under sustained very heavy shelling. For his acts of valour on that day, Father Kelleher would be awarded the Military Cross, the full citation…

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