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

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War Diaries – 28th April 1943

Brigade HQ – TANNGOUCHA.

1110 6 Innisks reported their strength in forward area to be 18 + 279.

During the morning, the Divisional Commander arrived at the Command Post and went with the Brigade Commander and Commander 2 LIR to recce the area. A plan was in mind for 2 LIR to make round south of pt 416 and take Djebel Touila. This had to be postponed as 11 Brigade did not capture pt 202 and pt 160.

1330 A sharp exchange of firing was heard on the north flank, but it was difficult to see what was happening, even from the 1 RIrF OP. The US infantry had made a big advance, and were now being engaged by enemy.

1400 2 LIR were ordered to put coy on high ground to north of Command Post and command the gullies between pt 396 and pt 476.

1440 Enemy were reported on pt 396, but this was denied by 1 RIrF, who had a coy on the reverse slope.

Division sent information that enemy had attacked pt 341 from 592490 at 1200hrs and were now in strength on pts 315 and 299.

1450 1 RIrF reported enemy had just appeared on pt 396 with MG, but, at once, were shelled off.

1500 The wireless was deliberately jammed.

1550 1 RIrF reported enemy had attacked pt 484, but were driven off. “We can cover low ground between pt 396 and pt 476, but Germans were on pts 315, 312 and 341.”

There was no contact during the night.


1 RIrF – KEF EL TIOUR.

Quiet morning.

1300 484 attacked by the enemy. C Coy held off the attack successfully. A gunner OP and two sections were winkled. D Coy moved up into counter attack positions behind C but were not required. Bttn HQ moved back one hundred yards.

Fusilier John Linton, Royal Irish Fusiliers.


6 Innisks – KEL EL SENACH.

Bttn remained in yesterday’s position contact being maintained with the enemy. The enemy shelled the gully and a few casualties occurred to the mules. The greater part of the position is however out of shell fire owing to the steepness of the hillside. A muddy and filthy stream flows down the gully and provides useful washing water. The weather was very hot and humid today and no shade could be obtained on the rocks. G Coy 2 LIR came under command in the evening and took over the forward coy locality previously held by B Coy.

Fusilier Reginald Grosse, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.


2 LIR.

0830 Artillery observation post report enemy seen on Point 416 – Confirmed.

1130 Battalion area and water point shelled.

1200 6 Innisks re-take first objective on Point 416 G Company take over this position.

1400 Enemy attack Americans on Brigade left flank and occupy hills in 5648/5649.

American counter attack and regain lost positions.

Rifleman Harry McRory, London Irish Rifles.

Sergeant Arthur Norman, London Irish Rifles.


 

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