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

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War Diaries – 1st April 1943

Brigade HQ – BEJA.

6 Innisks send recce patrols to north and south of Djebel Mahel. The patrol on the south had nothing to report, but that on the north observed movement, although there was no contact. 2 Hampshires located a strong locality 4044.

Divisional Admin Order No 16 (issued with Divisional OO No 7 was received).

A letter was sent to Battalions dealing with capture and security of own troops.

Intelligence Summary and Met chart was issued.

During the day, news was received that 36 Brigade and the Goums were making good progress in the northern battle.

1400 In the afternoon, the Brigade Commander and Brigade Major made a recee of the forward areas including Djebel Mahdi and Djebel Mahel.

1600 Commander, 12 Infantry Brigade arrived at this HQ.

1830 Commander, 1 RIrF arrived at this HQ.

A message was received from 78 Division with instructions that staff officers and 2.i.c.s of the Battalions could be put in the picture.

6 Innisks sent out 3 recce patrols. Farm 380417 was reported occupied and some movement was heard in valley 4341. Village (431382) was thought to contain a standing patrol.


1 RIrF – BEJA.

A quiet day. The mines and mine clearance intensive training started.

1800 The CO attended a conference on the impending operation at HQ 38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade.

Night quiet. Standing patrols 280481 and 363477 had nothing to report.


6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

0530 Stand To. Coy Sitreps – all normal.

Standing patrol at Oued Zarga bridge had nothing to report.

Patrols – night 31 March/1 April – reports as per appendices

1000 Daylight patrols went to recce area north and north east of Plateau Farm.

Very quiet day with little to report. It might be worthy to note, however that the ever welcome NAAFI supplies, which included today an unpopular supply of  Blanco. “Servitor Seavientum” can evidently be translated as “gone but not forgotten.”


2 LIR.

W/Lieutenant JD O’Rourke, RUR joined the battalion.


 

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