38th (Irish) Brigade in Tunisia, Part 1 of a film series.

Discussion in 'North Africa & the Med' started by bexley84, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    Over the past few years, I have been tracing my father, CQMS Edmund O'Sullivan's war time service with the 2nd Bn, London Irish Rifles who were with the 38th (Irish) Brigade, who fought all the way from Algiers to Austria, first with 6th Armoured Division and then 78th Infantry Division, from November 1942 to May 1945.

    As a small tribute to our father and his friends and comrades who left their families to carry our their duties in so many far away places, my brother, Edmund, and I have embarked on a filming schedule to record their war time journeys and today we are proud to publish Part 1 of the series, which covers the period in Tunisia from November 1942 to March 1943.

    The link is here:

    As our films are largely based on the experiences of men who served with the Irish Brigade, it will necessarily not cover all the specific battles in Tunisia (and later in Italy) but I'm sure you would agree that there is ample written accounts of the campaigns to be found elsewhere. Hopefully, our films will stimulate further reading and learning for us all.

    Dad was one of those who made it all the way and one of his abiding thoughts, over his long post war life of 65 years, were of his friends who are buried in the many CWGC cemeteries across Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Italy and Austria. We will remember them !

    I hope you enjoy the film(s).

    Faugh a Ballagh !

    ps Part 2 will be published within a few weeks and we are filming in Sicily for Part 3 next week so watch this space.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2018
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  2. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron


    Have just watched Part 1 in it's entirety...............

    Very professional and beautifully told !

    Looking forward to viewing Part II :)

  3. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    Thank you Ron.
  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    I’ve just watched your film. Well Done!

    Looking forward to Part 2.

    My uncle was with 360 Battery, 138 Field Regiment from “Algiers to Austria”.


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  5. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Congratulations Richard for a superb account of the Irish Brigade’s campaign. Very much looking forward to the next period when they joined the Battleaxe division where my father served with 56th Reconnaissance Regiment. Their commanding officer was Lieutenant Colonel Kendal Chavasse DSO, commissioned into the Royal Irish Fusiliers. His Humber LRC was named Faugh a Ballagh.
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  6. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Tony. Yes, 56 Recce did a superb job in Tunisia and Italy...Chavasse was a Faugh, wasn't he? Commissioned on the same day in 1924 as Brigadier Pat Scott.
  7. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    Thank you Steve. Heroes all.
  8. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Sorry Richard, post edited.
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  9. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    my typos are legendary...

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