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War Diaries of 2 London Irish Rifles 1942/43

The Irish Brigade web site is pleased to add transcriptions of the 1942/43 war diaries of the 2nd Battalion, London Irish Rifles (2 LIR) that provide a day by day narrative of the battalion’s actions from their initial landings in Algeria in November 1942 up to the time they reached the Moro River in December 1943.

December 1942 – Goubellet Plain.

January 1943 – Bou Arada.

– Account of Capt JW Grant, G Company.

        – Hill 286.

– Account of Captain PJ Gibbons.

February 1943 – German counterattack.

        – Stuka Ridge.

March 1943 – Rest and recovery.

April 1943 – Heidous.

– F Company report.

May 1943 – Victory parade in Tunis.

June 1943 – Resting at Guelma.

July 1943 – Preparing for the invasion of Sicily.

August 1943 – The Western Slopes of Etna.

         – Centuripe.

         – Salso/Simeto Rivers.

         – Maletto.

September 1943 – On the beach at Patti.

October 1943 – Termoli/Trigno.

November 1943 – San Salvo/Sangro River.

         – Sangro River.

December 1943 – To the Moro River/New Year in Montenero.

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