Following a short rest period, on 26th May 1944, the Irish Brigade again took up the lead of the 8th Army’s advance northwards. After crossing the Liri at Ceprano, the Faughs moved onto Strangalogalli and, after taking a cross country path, the Irish Rifles successfully assaulted Hill 255 close to the Strangalogalli to Ripi road…

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The next day, the 18th May, was more peaceful. 36 Brigade were to go through us to see what could be done with the Hitler Line. Our only task was Colin Gibbs and F Company of the Irish Rifles, with some tanks, doing a sweep on our own flank. Some equipment was destroyed and a…

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Distinguished Service Order (DSO) LT-COL HEN (BALA) BREDIN (6 INNISKS).                    MAY 1944 – VERTECHI/PIUMAROLA.   “Lt Col Bredin when he was in command of his Battalion in an attack on MASSA VERTECHI on 15 May was given the task of leading the Division in the breakthrough of…

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Distinguished Service Order (DSO)  LT-COL HEN (‘BALA’) BREDIN, DSO, MC.                            APR 1945 – ARGENTA GAP. One of the most decorated combat officers in the British Army during the Second World War, Lieutenant Colonel Humphrey Edgar Nicholson (Bala) Bredin was nominated in May 1945…

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Captain Strome Galloway was part of a draft of Canadian officers who joined the First Army in North Africa during the early part of 1943. Galloway joined up with the Irish Brigade in February 1943 and along with Captain Gale and Lieutenants La Prairie and Curry took a leading role within the 2nd Battalion, London Irish…

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