Remembering the dead of the Sicily campaign

The CWGC Catania War Cemetery, the largest in Sicily, has 2,135 graves The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemeteries in Catania and Syracuse contain the remains of 2,410 men who lost their lives between the start of the Sicilian campaign on the night of 9 July and the end of August 1943. The overwhelming majority…

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Remembering Major Franklyn-Vaile

Following the successful assault on the Pytchley Line at Sinagoga, 1 RIrF were brought up to continue the Irish Brigade’s forward progress and at 730am on 17th May 1944, a further artillery barrage presaged the Faughs’ attack with the objective of reaching high ground near Massa Cerro (Fernie Line), which would then allow them to…

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