War Diaries – 8th April 1943

Brigade HQ.

On this day, a “Special Order of the Day” by GOC, First Army was received.

0630 Commander left to visit Bttns.

0935 Orders were received that 254 A/Tk Battery ceased to be under command 38 Brigade by 1200hrs.

0940 Commander 6 Innisks visited CP.

1110 Enemy tanks or SP guns were sighted at 470469. Infantry were also seen and a counterattack was thought possible.

1400 1 RIrF made sweep of gully 4444, which yielded 35 PoWs.

2020 Message received from 78 Division ordering one squadron of North Irish Horse in support 38 Brigade after conclusion of their operation with 36 Brigade in order to protect the forward troops on the Mahdi from enemy tanks.

2100 LO from NIH visited Brigade HQ reference above order and was sent onto Command Post. During the night, 1 RIrF carried out an unsuccessful tank hunting patrol, but captured a PoW area 4245.

2330 Conference was held at Command Post at discuss northwards sweep by 6 Innisks and 2 Hamps and Brigade OO No 16 was issued.

1 RIrF.

1100 A Coy went out on a sweep to mop up suspected enemy in a gully east of the Mahdi. A few prisoners were captured during the morning and at 1300hrs, A Coy reported enemy strong point with 3 MGs. They attacked successfully with artillery support capturing 38 prisoners.

1700 A Coy return.

Fusilier Walter Lake, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier Wilfred Winston, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

6 Innisks – PLATEAU FARM.

On arriving back to Plateau Farm. Lt-Col TN Grazebrook was there to greet us and take over command of the Bttn. A day of make and mend. During the evening, CO was warned to stand by for conference at Brigade. 

Fusilier Harold Ward, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

2 LIR.

E & F Companies in company attack scheme on G & H companies.

W/Captain JD Lofting (RUR) joined battalion.