Brigade HQ – SOUK EL KHEMIS.

Brigade Commander and BM were on recce all day. IO and Lt Hall with reps from 6 Innisks recced possible concentration areas east of Beja for 2 LIR and 6 Innisks.

1800 Advance Brigade HQ moved to farm J3038.


1 RIrF – GIBRALTAR.

1900 The ship moved into the harbour.


6 Innisks – BONE.

0430 Reveille. Bttn gets ready to move and leave the tobacco factory in the dark. – a difficult manoeuvre well carried out.

0700 Column moves off and takes route : Bone – La Calle Teboul – Lacroix – Fernana – Souk el Arba – Souk el Khemis.  Many civilians in villages gave the V sign and in one place displayed French, American and British flags.

1530 Carruthers returned from forward recces with information that column is to go into harbour as road ahead was being heavily dive bombed. Bttn harbours and has a meal and all ranks look forward to a night’s rest when at 2100 Staff Captain arrives and says Bttn is to move forward.

2300 Column moves off – driving extremely dangerous and difficult.


2 LIR.

Crossed Tunisian border. Rest at Guardimaou.

2300 Commanding officer and Company commanders went forward to recce battalion positions.