This was another cloudy day which afforded good opportunities for arranging the transport of Brigade HQ, which was spread over three farms: 342091, 330089, and 292038. The French ‘patron’ of Farm 342091 was most anxious about our camouflage for fear of enemy air action.

0745 Brigade party from Bone under Brigade Signals Officer arrived at road junction J2710 whence it was guided by IO to Brigade HQ.

1745 Lt-Col Bedford, Commander of 152 Field Regiment RA arrived at Brigade HQ.

2300 Major Maxwell, Commander C Coy, 6 Innisks arrived at Brigade HQ to receive orders about a fighting recce  (strength 1 platoon) area Goubellat (J6422). 6 Innisks had meanwhile moved into position area J3314 and J2702,that is on roads NE and S position Teboursouk with one coy 2 LIR area Farm J3406.

During the day IO made recce of G Coy, 2 LIR platoon positions. The task of this Coy was to cover all passes through the mountains to the east.


0130 All the ammunition damaged in the hold was replaced from shore and was loaded on ship by 0400hrs.

0500 Ship sailed with another troop carrier and a submarine ship.

The voyage continued, the day spent in getting ready for disembarkation.

6 Innisks – TEBOURSOUK.

Bttn holding defensive positions astride road: Teboursouk to Medjez-el Bab in very good anti tank localities. Everyone busy digging in and covered in mud. All ranks living in the open.

Brigade Commander and Commander Armoured Brigade visit Bttn at various times and CRA 6th Armoured Division.

Major Maxwell detailed for independent mission by Brigade. CO objects to his officers being detailed by name without his consent.

 2 LIR.

Battalion HQ established 5 kilometres south of Teboursouk (map reference 278 023). E, F, & H companies dig in on hills. G company (at) 344068.

Battalion in defensive positions on right flank of 1st Army.