Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.
Nothing to Report.
There was no enemy activity throughout the day.
1 RIrF – GRANDSTAND HILL.
A fully detailed account of the happenings of the night are given in the Appendix.
Activity normal – nothing to report.
1100 CO & I.O. attended conference at which patrol policy and the formation of a Brigade School for specialists was discussed. The former was to have as its keynote the discovery of the a) whereabouts b) intention of the German Army, there being at present obscure. The latter was to supply an increase need for Carrier, Mortar, A/Tk etc personnel which was not being met by reinforcements.
6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.
0930 CO talked to reps from reinforcements – Dig or die – don’t be like the chap if one has run – profit by experience of others – take cover and lie down when shelling starts – patrol leaders to study maps in IO’s office before going out. Thick pants will be got for all.
1000 Conference of Coy Commanders ends – tied up for B Coy patrol party tonight.
1500 Adjutant attends conference at Rear Brigade HQ to discuss possible move. Difficulty of bringing all Brigade F-Echelon and TCVs into present areas. Parties arranged for all Bttns.
1930 Adjutant and 7 ORs from 14 Platoon go back on rest in lorry to A Echelon for 48 hrs, rest at Bttn rest camp. QM has erected two 160 lb 1 B tents..baths and showers. The first night, the party get a hot drink and bed.
Arab Sheik arrested by 17 Platoon in hills. No sign of enemy.
3 officers and 92 other ranks reinforcements arrive.