On 17th March 1940, General Sir Charles Harrington presented the shamrock to a Battalion of the London Irish Rifles before taking the salute.
Ulster enabled us to keep our Atlantic life-line open, and saved Ireland from becoming a battleground in which many powerful forces might have been involved. A strong, loyal Ulster will always be vital to the security and well-being of our whole Empire and Commonwealth. Linked with us, Ulster must also share in the happier days to come, when the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will renew its strength in peace and honour.”
Letter from Sir Winston Churchill to Sir Basil Brooke – June 1945.
Second World War in NI
WartimeNI tells the story of those who lived, fought, and died in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. Many men and women from Ulster served abroad but many American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Polish, and Belgian troops called the province home for a while between 1939 and 1945.
Since 2014, WartimeNI has researched the stories, people, and places in the province during the war.
Some stories you will know. The Battle of the Atlantic, the arrival of American GIs, and the Belfast Blitz are common tales. We hope you find out much more of this part of the country’s history and join us in remembering tumultuous times in WW2 Northern Ireland.
Visit Northern Ireland
Explore the historic six counties of Northern Ireland, learn about the troops based throughout the province and discover what life was like across Ulster during the Second World War.