Irish Brigade

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

The London Irish At War 1939 1945

A History of the Battalions of the London Irish Rifles during the Second World War.

The London Irish Rifles at War is the official history of the 1st and 2nd battalions of the London Irish Rifles during the Second World War. It was originally published in 1948 and is a unique record, mainly based on the official diaries, of the two battalions’ sacrifices and achievements.The Irish Brigade Website is privileged to present the text of the book in full in memory of those who served within the regiment during the war. We have decided to divide the book into two parts: one covering the history of the 1st Battalion and one for the 2nd Battalion, which was part of the 38th (Irish) Brigade from 1941 to 1947.

The two battalions served briefly together in the final phases of the war and The Irish Brigade Website believes that the regiment’s extraordinary war record is best understood when their histories are read separately. Although originally a Territorial Army formation that recruited from volunteers, the London Irish Rifles secured more war honours in the 2nd World War than all but one unit of the British Army.

This unique record of courage and commitment is published on The Irish Brigade website with thanks to the author, the London Irish Rifles Regimental Association and all veterans of the London Irish Rifles, their families and friends.

Click here for the London Irish Rifles Roll of Honour 1939-45, here for the names of those men who won Awards and Honours, here to read the war diaries of the 1st Battalion, and here to read the war diaries of the 2nd Battalion.

Quis Separabit.

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