Brigade HQ – SIDI MAHMOUD.

Fuller reports were received of contact night 27/28 Dec.

On this day, a aoy of 1 RIrF had a very successful action (J6824) against enemy force of approx some strength. 50 casualties in killed or wounded were inflicted for the loss of 2 casualties wounded on our side.

Redistribution of 38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade took place in accordance with Brigade OO No 4.

2100 Brigade HQ moved from Farm 586199 to Farm 542199. The move was completed without incident. 1 RIrF having left Goubellat booby trapped moved to new position 6325. Arrived 2350 without incident.


1 RIrF – GOUBELLAT.

Sometime about dawn A Coy’s ambushes returned and reported no sign of enemy activity, a party of Germans commanded by a Hauptfeldwebel of the Paratroop Regiment already identified, approached the OP at 685243 to occupy it. The booby trap was set off and they were all killed. On the Hauptfeldwebel was a marked map giving the location of an enemy position in the area of the foothills SW of Ksar-Tyr 7530, which was presented to Brigade HQ.

0800 B Coy moved forward from Goubellat. An account of their activities is attached.

0910  Enemy 10.5..Field Artillery  pinpointed by ‘J’ section, observed from C Coy as two guns firing from area Pt 263, 7419 shelling Goubellat positions for 20 mins causing no damage to positions but killing one fusilier of the Carrier Platoon.

0950 Fire then lifted onto area of B Coy’s original position and by accurate observation fired on a platoon of A Coy as the move west along the road from crossroads 6722.

1030 During the remainder of the day, their fire also fell on B Coy 6 Innisks and was laid on B Coy less one platoon and later one platoon B Coy as recounted in the attached appendix.

During the course of the day, the Commanding Officer recced a new position for the Bttn to move to. The Second in Command gave a warning order to the remainder of the Bttn and all the Commanding Officers to return to the Bttn and all the troops are ready to move and guide parties waiting. The latter were taken out at once by the Adjutant to recce Coy areas by daylight. At the sunset, Bttn transport moved off by ones and two independently and the troops started to march to the new localities at dark.

1800 D Coy, with under command two 2 pounder A/Tk guns, covered the move of the Bttn while B Coy 6 Innisks maintained the ambushed laid by A Coy night 28/29 Dec up to 0300 hrs 30 Dec.

2200 The Bttn in position, as shown on attached trace in area Douar 6237 with HQ in the village.

The battalion’s account here.

Fusilier Albert Deakin, 1 Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier Norman Kyle, 1 Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier Richard Eales, 1 Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier Arthur Cross, 1 Royal Irish Fusiliers.


2 LIR.

0100 Battalion moved back to area 5919 by transport.

E Company 5617. F Company 5517. G Company Pt 308 5618. H Company 5519. Battalion HQ 558187.

Standing patrol sent out to Rd Junc 578192.

Companies send out local patrols but do not have luck to contact enemy.