At war's end, 1st Faughs in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Event
Thursday, 10 May, 1945

As the Second World War ended, the 78th Infantry Division, including the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers, moved northwards for occupation duties in Austria. On 10 May 1945, the Battalion was stationed in Klagenfurt in the Austrian state or Land of Carinthia, not far from the Yugoslav border.

It was a strange topsy turvy period. Columns of enemy troops, many still armed, crowded the roads. Yugoslav partisans swarmed across the frontier to help themselves to the abandoned enemy clothing and equipment. The Battalion had the task of restoring some sort of order to the area, although, being human its members could not resist the temptation to 'requisition' sports cars and other trophies.