Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

Patrol reported Farm 672129 was still occupied, 3MGs were located on BARKA (6706) and talking was heard on reverse slopes.

1000 Brigade Commander attended a Divisional Conference where orders were issued for re-grouping. 3 Grenadier Guards were not being relieved on leaving the Brigade area and 10 RB were to take up positions on the northern flank.

A letter was sent to Bttns stressing the possibilities of inducing the enemy to desert. Copies of Afrika Post were enclosed.

The enemy had been found to be using Arabs equipped with bogus passes as spies. An example of a bogus pass was given in a Brigade letter warning Bttns of this danger (Appendix 63).

A letter from Commander 3 Grenadier Guards written on leaving the Brigade area was received.

Brigade Commander wrote D/O letter to Commanders 1 Guards Brigade and 3 Grenadier Guards (Appendix 64, 65a, 65b).

Brigade Order was issued for reliefs 28/29 and 29/30 Jan. This order was later cancelled as 1 Para Brigade which was due to take over the northern flank was diverted from the Brigade front (Appendix 66).

Message was received from 6 Armoured Division confirming that northern patrol boundary 38 Brigade has been extended to grid line 15.

1930 3 Grenadier Guards left Brigade area after dark. Positions were taken over by 6 Innisks.

2300 3 Tellermines were laid on rd Medjez – El Aroussa between A Echelon and A Echelon 1 RIrF (5214). A patrol of 1 RIrF reached Sidi Trade (7110) and inflicted 5 casualties. Farm 672104 was still occupied (Appendix 67). A patrol of 3 Grenadier Guards reported Barka probably held by 4 or 5 sections and OP destroyed at pt 286.


Details of the happenings and activities of the night are given in the Appendix.

General – Activity normal. Nothing to report.

1700 CO attended conference at HQ 38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade at which it having been given out by Brigade Commander 27 Jan ’43, that 3 Grenadier Guards were leaving the Brigade front on relief by 8 Argylls night 28/29 Jan. The new problems arising from the departure of 3 Grenadier Guards with no relief was discussed. In so far as attached 1 RIrF it was decided that D Coy should be relieved in its position by D Coy 6 Innisks at dusk that evening and take over 3 Coy Grenadier Guards position on Pt 279 6506. Immediately afterwards, while 1 Platoon B Coy.. out its return to cover the gap of 1000 yards between Grandstand and Pt 279, one battalion paratroopers was to take over defence of the western flank of the Brigade, approximate area of 4 track point 6209 the following night.

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

Another quiet day – little enemy shelling. Much time is spent sorting out 99 reinforcements, who arrived last night – many alterations necessary in the NCO promotion roll.

Fusilier Roy Thorpe, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

2 LIR.

1800 Observation point established 597062

F Company take over hill 640065 from Grenadier Guards.

2000 Battalion HQ and E Company move to rest area 5704. Old area taken over by Rifle Brigade. Digging.