Irish Brigade

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

Faugh a Ballagh        Nec Aspera Terrent         Quis Separabit

Royal Irish Fusiliers

The life and legacy of Major John E McNally MC

Duncan McNally has kindly sent us further details about his father, Major JE McNally MC. We would like to thank Duncan, his mother Elisabeth, and his two sisters for their kind permission to add this story to the Irish Brigade website. “Like many in the Irish Brigade, Dad was not born an Irishman, and was…

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Captain William Hanna hero of Centuripe

 Captain William Hanna We have been recently contacted by Michael Thompson, the great nephew of Captain William Hanna who served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (1 RIrF) in North Africa and Sicily. Captain Hanna was killed at Centuripe on 2nd August 1943 when leading ‘D’ Company during the Irish Brigade’s epic assault on the hill-top…

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The Faughs at Monte Spaduro

Lt Col Horsfall On the evening of 19th/20th October 1944, two companies of the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (1 RIrF) were ordered to attack Monte Spaduro just to the north of Castel del Rio in the northern Apennines. It was during a period when the Irish Brigade were under command of the 5th Army and…

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