November 1944 was a relatively quiet month for both battalions of the London Irish Rifles in Northern Italy but the conditions in the line became increasingly wintry, a portent of the weather that they would face over the coming months.
The 1st Battalion had anticipated a prolonged period at rest in advance of reorganisations both at battalion and brigade level but, on the morning of 11th November, they were called forward to take part in a diversionary crossing of the River Montone at Forli. The London Irish were the main force of 56th Division troops involved in the actions over the following seven days and suffered fifty casualties, before being withdrawn to Fermo for the rest of the month.
In the middle of the month, the 2nd Battalion moved with the rest of the Irish Brigade to positions near Monte Grande and would spend the next few weeks in fairly static positions occasionally taking part in battle patrol raids on German positions as they again faced the vaunted 1st Parachute Division.
11th – 18th November: 1 LIR take part in actions at Forli.
22nd November: 2 LIR move to Monte Grande area.
Roll of Honour: November 1944.