Night (graffiti) patrol, Isernia

Thursday, 4 November, 1943

On the day of the assault on Isernia, 4 November 1943, the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers considered that the Battalion did not have enough to do. He sent Lieutenant Long and his platoon, plus a pioneer with a paintbrush, on a night patrol to reach the city before any other Allied troops and paint the Castle of Enniskillen on its ancient walls.

Isernia Innisks IWM IWM NA 8557When the Wiltshire Regiment arrived in the town at 0400 hours they found to their surprise that the Skins had been there before them; also, the patrol had returned from the town without the Germans being aware of what had happened. Long and his patrol rejoined the Battalion the following day bringing from Isernia three British prisoners of war who had escaped from the Germans.

(Left, 2nd Inniskillings patrol the debris-strewn streets of Isernia on 6 November 1943 (© Image Copyright IWM NA8557))