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The London Irish Rifles maintained two front line battalions throughout the Second World War. At the start of the war, a Young Soldiers’ (70th) Battalion was formed in England, until it was disbanded in 1943.

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The 1st Battalion sailed to Iraq in August 1942, before seeing their first action in Sicily during July 1943. They travelled to mainland Italy in October 1943. and fought throughout the Italian campaign, finishing their war time service near to Trieste in Northern Italy.

“Lentini” “Simeto Bridgehead” “Pursuit to Messina” “Sicily, 1943” “Monte Camino” “Calabritto” “Garigliano Crossing” “Damiano” “Anzio” “Carroceto” “Coriano” “Croce” “Rimini Line” “Senio Floodbank” “Ceriano Ridge” “Valli di Comacchio” “Italy, 1943-45


The 2nd Battalion sailed to Algeria in November 1942, before seeing their first action in Tunisia during December 1942 and were the first marching troops in Tunis in May 1943. The battalion were in action again in Sicily during July/August 1943 and then travelled to mainland Italy in September 1943 and fought throughout the Italian campaign, finishing their war time service in Southern Austria.

Bou Arada” “El Hadjeba” “Stuka Farm” “Heidous” “North Africa, 1942-43” “Adrano” “Centuripe” “Salso Crossing” “Simeto Crossing” “Malletto” “Sicily 1943” “Termoli” “Trigno” “Sangro” “Fossacesia” “Cassino II” “Casa Sinagoga” “Liri Valley” “Trasimene Line” “Sanfatucchio” “Monte Spaduro” “Monte Grande” “Argenta Gap” “Italy, 1943-45