War Diaries – 8th February 1943

Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

Patrols to area 6812, west side Two Tree Hill and Mehallah had no contact, but an enemy patrol was spotted on Barka.

Intelligence Summary was issued. A description of a Panzer KW VI was given in Appendix A, para 6.

56 Recce Regiment patrol was engaged by 2” mortars, LMG, and rifle fire from Farm 642123. Enemy was spotted by heavy mortar from east of the main road. There was an unconfirmed report that the firer of the 2” mortar was in civilian clothes. The owner of this farm had given false information already, probably owing to fear of the enemy, who had recently abducted several French farmers and were reported to have cleared all doubtful civilians out of the area in the early part of the Tunisian campaign.

A letter was received from 6 Armoured Division on the PIAT equipment (Jeffreys Projector). This was said to be an effective A/Tk weapon up to 10 yards.


The events of the night are recorded in detail in the Appendix.

Area near Bttn HQ dive bombed. No casualties. Lt Col TPD Scott went to Brigade HQ for 48 hrs rest, command devolving on Major BH Butler

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

Usual weeks’ conference. Staff Captain calls and settles points with 2.i.c. and adjutant and stays for a cup of tea during the morning.

2.i.c. and Capt Daly do recce to fire on firing range.

0930 The farms around the Bttn are bombed by twelve Stukas. No casualties in the Bttn. Lieut Wood took up duties yesterday to understudy Adjutant and IO. Takes three summaries during the morning on three fusiliers, who had found their way back to Bone.

1600 Adjutant has tea with 1 RIrF and enjoys some chocolate biscuits made from the Compo rations.

1730 Seven Hurri bombers with six Spitfires make a frequent appearance – it is thought that they are looking for a supposed formation. If enemy tanks in hills east of Goubellat. But later a report is received that they are haystacks.

Two officer recce parties.

Lt McVie to recce Mehallah and Lt Ablett to recce Barka – both had positive reports.

2 LIR.

Sixteen Stukas dive-bombed area from 635048 – Hill 279. One bomb fell near farm 637083.

1020 RAs report possible concentration of enemy tanks in area 673140.

1730 Twelve Hurribombers escorted by 8 Spitfires bombed area 6814/6914.

2100 Patrol ‘Oak’ to wadi and high ground 595127.

2000 Patrol ‘Beech’ to farm 633105 – nil result.