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Reports on events, photographs, personal histories and reminiscences from members and families, about the Association, the Italian Campaign itself and its impact on history.

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Remembrance Sunday 2014 at Val di Sangro

Last year, at the commemoration of the landings at Salerno, I was the preacher at the ceremony held at the National Memorial in the Westgate…

Memoirs of Mary Irish

State Registered Nurse’s memoirs serving during World War II John Wilson has recently notated Mary Irish (nee Howard’s) memories of her time serving as a…

Voyage on the Queen Mary by Jim Morgan

Having read Gunner Day’s diary entry in the Italy Star Association’s March 2014 newsletter I felt moved to write the following account, particularly as I…

NMA Pilgrimage by Eric MacKinder

Article by Eric MacKinder about his pilgrimage to the National Memorial Arboretum on July 18th 2014 A day of pride and emotion … On July…

Salerno by Graham Swain

This is an article written by Graham Swain in April 1996. A veteran of the Italian campaigns, Graham (now deceased) summarises the nine days of…

The Voyage of the “Defender”

Chris Scott (and reproduced here with his kind permission) – 6th April 1997 (since edited) Preparation: King George V dock, Glasgow. It can fall to…

9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers by Fred Collins

Fred Collins (deceased) 9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers I was involved in the invasion at Salerno which took place in July 1943. The allies invaded Sicily…