26th February

Brigade HQ – FORLI 4316.

Coy and individual training by all battalions.

Brigade Commander visits 2 LIR in the morning.

Demonstration in the afternoon for officers and NCOs on the Weasel and its accomplishments.

2 Innisks commence inter coy football competition.

Mortrep course commences at Forlimpopoli under CCMO 78 Division.


1 RIrF – FORLI 4515.

TEWT and exercise. House and village clearing.


2 Innisks – FORLI.

0800 Two coys went out to Field firing areas and carried out exercises arranged by the Coy Commander. Other coys continued their normal training in the area close to Forli. The Snipers’ course was extended for another three days in order that more practice could be gained in firing.

1200 Brigadier visited Bttn HQ on a social call.

1330 The first game of football in a newly organised league was played. Officers v B Coy first time. B Coy won by 6 goals to nil.

1900 The CO, Adjutant and four other officers went to dinner at 10 Battery 17 Field Regiment on the invitation of Major Steedman, the Battery Commander. This is the Battery, which always supports the bttn in action.

1930 Lt AC Gladitz was transferred to the LIR.


2 LIR – ITALY.

0900 MTO begins inspection of all bttn motor cycles.

G Coy weapons inspected by AIA.

1700 Lecture to all Coy Commanders, Platoon Commanders and Sgts on artillery and infantry cooperation.



27th February

Brigade  HQ – FORLI 4316.

Training:

2 Innisks – Coy training. 2 LIR – Assault boating, individual training. 1 RIrF  – Route marches and bttn demonstrations.

Training films were shown for whole brigade in Apollo Cinema, Forli.

Brigade Commander visits training areas.

The officers of Medical Services of 78 Division held a dance in Forli to which invitations were extended to the Brigade Commander and other officers.


1 RIrF – FORLI 4515.

Demonstration area D8, fire power of a section, Vickers, 3” mortars, Wasp and Life Buoy Flamethrowers. Lecture by Lt Leckie of 17 Field Regiment.


2 Innisks – FORLI.

0800 Coys continued Field training and practising river crossings with assault boats. In view of the large number of mines laid by the enemy, a new organisation of the Platoon Pioneer was proposed, which would enable all coys to benefit from the specialised knowledge and ability to neutralise all types of mine.

1730 The CO of the 17th Field Regiment gave a lecture to the officers on the advantages and disadvantages of artillery in flat country and particularly in the area of the lower Po valley where OPs were often not possible. He stressed the importance of Platoon Commanders being able, not only to observe for the guns, but to be able to shoot and correct them, in order that all possible targets might be engaged despite the difficulties confronting the FOOs.

2000 The CO and two other officers attended a Dance and Cabaret held by the Divisional Medical Services.


2 LIR – ITALY.

0900  F Coy practising river crossing over the River Ronco.

Normal coy training.



28th February

Brigade HQ – FORLI 4316.

Training:

2 Innisks – Field firing. 2 LIR – Flamethrower demonstration. Boating drill. 1 RIrF – Field firing. Individual training.

2 Innisks played Brigade HQ at football and beat Brigade HQ by three goals to one.

Brigade Commander visits training areas.


1 RIrF – FORLI 4515.

Visit to Adolf Hitler barracks by General Mark Clark and Corps Commander.

TEWT at 26 Battery, 17 Field Regiment on corrections by Intelligence Officers.


2 Innisks – FORLI.

0800 Coys continued Field Firing and assault best practice.

1500 The Bttn Pipe Band played in the town square and General McCreery arrived to watch the performance, afterwards speaking for the while to the CO.

1815 A lecture was given by the Battery Commander of 10 Battery, 17 Field Regiment RA on the peculiarities of the 25 pounder and also the best means of communication when the Platoon Commander wishes to fire the gun on to a target out of view of the FOO.


2 LIR – ITALY.

0900 Normal coy training. H Coy practicing with Kangaroos.

1700 Discussion on Kangaroos held in Officers’ Mess. All officers and platoon sergeants. Points discussed included:

  1. What stores to bring forward in the Kangaroos.
  2. Whether to have Section Commanders travelling with Platoon Commanders.
  3. Whether to leave small packs etc in the Kangaroos before the attack.
  4. Types of communication to be used.
  5. How to evacuate casualties and PoWs. ie by forming a reserve of Kangaroos specially for the job.
  6. Whether to advance right up to the objective on the Kangaroos or dismount beforehand.