8th Irish The Kings Liverpool Regiment

Discussion in 'General' started by steve.smith923, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. steve.smith923

    steve.smith923 Junior Member

    Hi everyone. Does anyone know anything at all about the Liverpool Irish on D-Day. My dad Joseph Smith was with the 8th Irish on D-Day, and landed on Juno beach at Mike Green near the village of Grey Sur Mer, along with Canadian forces, namely the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. I've been told that the Liverpool Irish were part of the 7th beach group, but I'm not sure. Is this right ? If so what was the beach groups job. My dad stayed on Juno for 6 weeks before his battalion was disbanded. He was transferred to the 1st Batt The Royal Ulster Rifles.
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    From the battalion war diary on DDay:
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  3. steve.smith923

    steve.smith923 Junior Member

    Hi Drew,
    Thanks for these war diaries which are very interesting. I haven't seen these before, but there are some snippets that are familiar. I want to try and find out what the beach groups did during the 6 weeks after the initial landings. I know what my dad's new batt., the 1st RUR's, did from the time he transferred to them as it is well documented day by day, but that 6 weeks on Juno beach is very hazy. There is no information on precise actions and movements by the 8th Irish. Any further info would be greatly appreciated.
    Steve.
     
  4. Hi Steve - the beach group's role for the first few days was to land with the assault troops (Royal Winnipegs) and clear the beaches for the next waves. After that they organised and controlled the routes on and off the beaches for all the supplies and men that came later and in the weeks that followed. I've got all the war diaries and many of the soldiers joke about sand, sand and more sand! As you know the battalion was disbanded sometime late July/Aug 1944 (I don't have the exact date in front of me) with the men being transferred to other regiments with the majority going to The Green Howards.
    Mike.
     
  5. steve.smith923

    steve.smith923 Junior Member

    Hi Michael. I'm so sorry that I haven't replied to your post on Apr 18. I haven't been very well and I've been out of the loop for a while now, but thankfully I'm better now. I have tried the link that you sent me but it doesn't work for some reason. I wondered if you might have an alternative link. Thanks. I've also managed to get hold of the beach group's shoulder badge which I'm pleased about.
    Steve.
     

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