Just got back from a short visit to Sicily to meet friends and trace a few more of my Dad's footsteps with the 2nd Bn London Irish Rifles from 28th July 1943 (when he arrived near Cassibile) to 25th September 1943 (when he left Milazzo for Taranto with the rest of the marching troops of the Irish Brigade). With my brother, Edmund, and the Chairman of the LIR Regimental Association, Peter, I also attended a Service of Remembrance and a plaque unveiling ceremony in Piedimonte Etneo to mark the exact 75th anniversary of the date that the 1st London Irish Rifles entered the town on 8th September 1943, welcomed as liberators (the townspeople's own words) and garlanded with flowers. The battalion's Pipes and Drums were notable visitors in their "orange skirts" that day. The London Irish Rifles would stay in Piedimonte for 5 weeks. Of course, the armistice between the Allies and Italy had been signed in Cassibile on 3rd September 1943 but only becoming public on 8th September 1943. It's remarkable, that in a small town in Sicily, there are now two memorials for men of the London Irish Rifles - 90 of whom from their two battalions are buried in Catania. We also certainly do not forget the many Sicilian civilians killed during those desperately difficult weeks. Photos attached here include a couple of Angelina Vitale, who was 21 in 1943 - now 21+75 years old = ? best wishes Richard ps Our film of the Irish Brigade's time in Sicily should be out in the next month. pps A few more posts to come on this thread.