During the first part of December 1942, both 6th Inniskillings (6 Innisks) and 2nd London Irish Rifles (2 LIR) established themselves in western Tunisia before taking part in defensive and forward patrolling activity. The brigade’s third battalion, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers (1 RIrF), joined the other two battalions later in the month and, by the end of December, they all took part in several sharp encounters with the German outlying forward units. The end of the year would see enemy aircraft activity across the whole area continuing to harass the Irish Brigade’s positions.
1st December – 2 LIR remain in Bougie until 6th December, while 6 Innisks embark from Algiers to travel onto Bone. 1 RIrF are still at sea on route for North Africa.
3rd December – 6 Innisks arrive in Bone and remain there until 7th December.
6th December – 2 LIR leave Bougie on route for Teboursouk in Tunisia via Constantine, taking three days to reach their defensive positions there.
7th December – The ship carrying 1 RIrF is involved in a collision with another vessel and has to dock at Gibraltar for three days of repairs. 6 Innisks leave Bone for Teboursouk and arrive there on 9th December at the same time as 2 LIR.
9th December – 6 Innisks and 2 LIR establish themselves at Teboursouk, and start to undertake defensive duties and then commence aggressive forward patrolling.
10th December – 1 RIrF arrive in Algiers, before sailing onto Bougie and arrive there on 11th December.
11th December – 1 RIrF remain in Bougie until 18th December.
18th December – 1 RIrF travel from Bougie to Djebel el Alkhout arriving there on 21st December.
From 19th December onwards – 6 Innisks and 2 LIR continue on active defensive/forward patrolling duties south and east of Goubellat towards Bou Arada and El Aroussa, and are joined in the area on 21st December by 1 RIrF.
20th December – Lt-Col Macartney-Filgate, CO of 6 Innisks, is wounded by enemy air action. Major Heaver Allen takes over command of 6 Innisks.
December 1942 Roll of Honour:
Links to the transcribed December 1942 war diaries: