Prince Harry at Cassino ceremony 2014

A party of London Irishmen and Royal Fusiliers attended a British Service of Remembrance to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Italian Campaign, which was held at Cassino CWGC Cemetery on 19th May 2014. In attendance was His Royal Highness, Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales and government officials from Commonwealth nations whose men served in…

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The 70th jubilee of the Cassino battles in May 2014

Click on the links below to read a full account of the visit during May 2014 by the Irish Brigade co-founder, Richard O’Sullivan, when he spent a week of emotional remembrance and evocative battlefield review in the Cassino and Anzio areas. ‘O’ Group, 15th May 1944 – Visiting the area where the 2nd Battalion, London…

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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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Peace Bells at San Angelo

On the afternoon of 14th May 1944, the Irish Brigade started their crossing of the Gari river as they moved forward, along with the rest of 78th Infantry Division, to continue the attack on the German defensive positions across the Liri valley. The Irish Brigade’s crossing point was Congo Bridge, which had been the second…

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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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Preparing for the storm at Monte Trocchio in May 1944

Monte Trocchio, at over 400 metres, proved an excellent viewing platform for the Allies in early 1944 after it had been first occupied by American forward units in the middle of January. During the Cassino campaign, it was used by Air Force spotters, nicknamed ‘Rover David’, that were able to call up sorties when requested…

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Christmas 1943 magazine for the 78th Division

Marion Spelman wrote to us recently and told us that she had found two magazines from Christmas 1943 and 1944 titled, “The Link” (‘By the lads for the lads’) and that her Dad, John Green, had been one of the co-editors John served with the Royal Corps of Signals, supporting 78th Division, including the Irish Brigade, during…

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Remembering the heroes of the Gari River

The attack on the Gustav Line commenced at 11pm on 11th May 1944 with a massive artillery barrage along 20 miles of the defensive line from Monte Cassino to the coast. In the Liri Valley, the initial assaults across the Gari river were led by the British 4th Infantry Division to the south of Cassino…

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