War Diaries – 23rd February 1943

Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

No movement was seen west of the main road but a recce patrol of 6 Innisks took a PW of A.24 at 668067 at 2100hrs.

Brigade Intelligence Summary was issued. This included a preliminary interrogation report on the PW of A.24 taken night 22/23 and a trace of the Brigade and Bttn patrol boundaries and dispositions.

1045 CO of 6 Commando visited this HQ ref a project for 6 Commando to take over patrolling in mountains north of Brigade positions.

1215 Amendment to Brigade OO No 12 was issued.

An order was received from ‘Y’ Division on the defence of rear areas.


0215 The moves outlined in Appendix completed without incident or interference.

C Coy 1 RIrF under command 6 Innisks wef this date. So ended the phase 22 Jan – 22 Feb, during which 1 RIrF held the strong point of Grandstand Hill

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

1100 Owing to the changeover last night, the patrolling conference was postponed until 1100 hrs. A and B Coys are sending out local recce patrols in front of our old position on Grandstand. C Coy will send out patrol to Gubaia. D Coy under Lt Curphey are to go and recce 286 with possible object of attacking it with a platoon in a day or two. It is discovered that all the A/Tk guns in the farms that C Coy are guarding have disappeared except for one.

These A/Tk gunners come and go without liaising – even with Brigade.

Our own officers found those enemy targets during the day, which we think were successfully engaged. A Coy found a gun position. Lt Dicker.. on Gubaia, and Fusilier May about a coy in Plough Top.

2 LIR.

1900 Recce Patrol ‘Plum’ to 650107 – point 217 659107 – Stop Farm – nothing to report.

1900 Recce Patrol ‘Apple’ to farm 617112 – nothing to report.