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Irish Brigade

The story of the 38th (Irish) Brigade in the Second World War

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War Diaries – 14th April 1943

Brigade HQ – OUED ZARGA.

Information was received that 2 LIR would rejoin the Brigade forthwith.

0645/0845 Enemy planes flew low over this HQ and were engaged. One plane appeared to have been hit.

1030 SC and Signals Officer went to HQ 78 Division 471412.

1545 1 RIrF (with 40 mules allotted) went to under command 11 Brigade.

Night 2 LIR moved from Le Kef to Chaouach under command 11 Brigade.


1 RIrF – CHAOUACH.

A quiet day.

1600 Adjutant went to HQ 11 Brigade to receive more move orders. Bttn ordered to move at dusk to Brigade assembly area 540443. Troops to march, ammunition, rations and water to be carried on mule.

1700 IO and company recce groups move forward.

2000 Bttn marches off.

2300 Bttn arrives and digs in at new area. Mule point established at Kelbine 533430.

Fusilier Ronald Tickell, Royal Irish Fusiliers.


6 Innisks – PLATEAU FARM.

Training. Much air activity both our own and enemy.

1845 Warning order from Brigade that we would be moving up to area Chaouach J5140 tomorrow night with Brigade HQ to join 1 RIrF. 2 LIR are moving straight up tonight from their rest area.


2 LIR.

1800 Battalion move by TCV to area Chaouach 5240. Arrived 2200 hrs 15 May temporarily under command of 11th Brigade.

Captain Neely goes to US Division as liaison officer.


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