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Thread #30384   Message #963954
Posted By: The Walrus
08-Jun-03 - 08:26 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: D Day Dodgers
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: D Day Dodgers
"..."The "D-Day Dodgers" were Irish troops sent in 1943, the year before D-Day, into Sicily and then up the boot of Italy by the British high command to do some of the nastiest fighting in all of World War II..."

Guest O,

Where did these Irish come from?

I can only find reference to 5 Irish Battalions in the whole of the British Order of Battle:-

2nd Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (13th Infantry Brigade, 5th Infantry Division, XIII Corps)

1st Battalion, The London Irish Rifles (168th Infantry Brigade, 50th Infantry Division, XIII Corps)

and
      
38th (Irish) Infantry Brigade
6th Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Fusiliers
2nd Battalion, The London Irish Rifles

(78th Infantry Division, 8th Army)

and from what I can see, none of these units were detatched from, their parent units.

As for "..."The "D-Day Dodgers" were Irish troops sent in 1943..." Sorry, there were more Scots Battallions, Canadian Battallion and English Battalions (I'm sorry, I haven't counted the number of Commonwealth, or Allied Battalions as I only have the British & Canadian OoB to hand), than Irish Battalions, and that's without tanks, guns, engineers etc.
That's not to say there weren't Irishmen in those units, but then the Irish units weren't homogeneously Irish either.

I'm fel a rant coming on, so I'll stop before the keyboard becomes a soapbox.


Walrus