Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.
A kidnapping patrol to 6710 drew a blank. A line party was seen on Mehallah and own patrols were ambushed at Greenpoint and Barka . Our patrols had been recently using the same routes and appeared to be ready for them.
Intelligence Summary was issued.
Am A/Tk practice for the infantry 6 pounder crews were held area J 4705.
A Echelon moved to Olive Grove 5205.
Note – During the early part of the month infantry 6 pounder crews received training from NCOs of 72 A/Tk Regiment at brigade HQ 592104.
1300 A motor cyclist in leather jacket “looking completely English” rode south to north through 1 RIrF positions. Shots were fired in front of him, but he rode through the minefield 648090 and onto Goubellat.
During the day there was fairly heavy shelling of different points in area 6308 – 6505 from 0820 hrs to 1420 hrs, mostly by Field Artillery from Hir Chelri (7106) or Sidi Mabrouk (7506).
1955 Letter was received from 6 Armoured Division on the Boyes A/Tk rifle.
1 RIrF – GRANDSTAND HILL.
Details of the activities of this night are given in the Appendix.
6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.
1000 Usual patrol conference. In the light of Ablett’s recce patrol, it is decided to send C Coy over Barka to destroy or capture all enemy found there. The day is spent tying up an elaborate programme with a wealth of Artillery support. The final details are fixed at conference held at 1430. C Coy are to move up from their rest area to SP battery 1830 and move off at 1845.
1730 Brigadier rings up and cancels the party. It is now too late to lay on any patrols for the night.
1610 We are told to send a guide to Siliana to collect 47 reinforcements at 2000. The guide is informed when he arrives that there are no reinforcements there, but they would probably be at El Aroussa. The guide was too late to see the supply point at El Aroussa and returns empty handed.
0725 Exchange of shelling by our artillery and Germany artillery.
1800 12 Jus 87 dive-bombed Guards Brigade and 2nd Lothian & Border Horse Regiment including 7099.
1930 Heavy machine gun fire heard south east of battalion HQ.
1500 Fighting Patrol ‘Eagle’ to Tank Junction 574114 and grid line 13 Tank Junction 593130 – nil result.
2359 Recce Patrol ‘Robin’ to farm 645102 had nothing to report.
1930 Fighting Patrol ‘Rook’ to farm 617112 Roman Ruins 617129 and 617118.
1915 Standing Patrol at Stop Farm 646102. Reached at 2030 hrs. German sentry contacted patrol and gave alarm. Shots were exchanged and patrol dispersed. One man missing.