Termoli - October 1943

Discussion in 'Italy' started by bexley84, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    I spent yesterday (6th October 2013), following some of the path that my father CQMS Edmund O'Sullivan, who served with the 2nd Battalion London Irish Rifles (2 LIR) journeyed with 38 (Irish) Brigade as they progressed from Termoli, where they landed on the night of 5/6 October to the time they were withdrawn from the line on 5th December near to San Vito just to the south of the Moro River. Two hundred men of the Irish Brigade are listed as being killed during those two months days of autumnal campaign.

    I attach a couple of random photographs..I shall add some more at a later time (the photos are from Termoli, San Giacomo Ridge, Trigno River, Sangro River valley, Sangro River CWGC, and Moro River CWGC respectively).

    This is a war dairy transcript describing the Irish Brigade's part in the Battle of Termoli.


    Quis Separabit.

    Nec Aspera Terrent.

    Faugh a Ballagh.

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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Thanks for sharing the photos.
  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Thank you for posting
  4. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    The 12th CTR was of course the Trois Rivieres regiment of Quebec of the Canadian 1st Armoured bde which also comprised of the Ontario and Calgary Tanks

    notta lotta people know that...

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  5. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Thanks for posting

  6. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Richard, thank you for posting

  7. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member



    12 CTR are remembered fondly by those of an Irish persuasion..although I can only claim 4th generation rights.

    "The battle, and the danger from 16th Panzer, was over. Much credit was given to the Canadian tankies whose motto, recalled Major Bala Bredin, second-in-command of the Faughs, was ‘Have a Go, Joe’. They had knocked out four panzers in quick succession and, although comparatively raw, had shown themselves excellent fighters.

    Bala Bredin thought that part of their success was because they ‘hadn’t got too careful’." (from R Doherty, Clear the Way !)

    Bala Bredin was also CO of both the Irish Rifles and Skins and awarded DSO (with bar) during the campaign in Italy...so not a bad citation source.

    I'm actually writing this note from a hotel next to the basilica and right "underneath" pt 1009 at Castel di Sangro, the scene of another Canadian success during late November 1943.


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