21st January

Brigade HQ – SAN CLEMENTE 9928.

Dawn patrol going out to the culvert 015286 was mortared after a signal of two white verey lights going up from Casa il Sallaro. An enemy patrol approached 1 RIrF FDLs at 004301 and after one man going forward to investigate was fired on and taken prisoners. Considerable enemy movement was seen at Martino 065323 during the morning and on OP observed on the spur just east of Casa Volte. Both targets were engaged by 17 Field Regiment. Enemy observed digging at 015293 by 2 LIR. Their right forward company was mortared intermittently all day.

1 RIrF – 003300.

0125 C Coy (Capt Manson MC) reports Fus Bennett accidentally shot in thigh while moving to forward position.

0330 B Coy (Maj N Plymen) report two men in listening post 004302 attacked and one, Fus Caves, wounded and captured.

Died on this Day:

Fusilier Leslie Caves, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

2 Innisks – SAN CLEMENTE.

The day was spent in checking stores and ammunition.

2310 Enemy aircraft dropped three bombs in Bttn HQ area. No damage or casualties were caused.


0730 Sitrep: Quiet night except for twenty 12cm mortar bombs on G Coy HQ area at 0300 hrs. All patrols NTR except G Coy dawn patrol to culvert, who reported white flares from Sillaro and Spandau and mortar fire in Forward house area.

1000 Intentions night 21/22: H coy – knoll and pendulum patrols. Contact patrol between H and E Coys. Dawn patrol to culvert by G Coy. Battle Patrol to provide ambush patrol of 1 and 4 to stream junction 013292 . Out – 0200 hrs, In – 0600 hrs. Destruction of haystack at first light, subject to confirmation with 12 CAR.

1800 Sitrep: Quiet day. Two enemy digging at 015292 at 1430 hrs.

22nd January

Brigade HQ – SAN CLEMENTE 9928.

MGs 2 LIR harassed enemy observed around burning house at C Muiano. Enemy were also observed entering Casa Tamagnin.

1 RIrF – 003300.

1815 3” mortar and artillery engage movement at 023315.

1826 3” mortar engage movement at 013303

2 Innisks – SAN CLEMENTE.

Preparations are made for the bttn move to take place tomorrow.


0730 Sitrep: Right forward coy mortared intermittently.  2355 – Enemy aircraft dropped 2 bombs in area, exact location unknown.

1000 Intentions night 22/23: Normal all night standing patrols. Battle patrol out 0300 hrs to culvert to cover Pioneers lifting trip flares laid a few nights previously In on completion of task.

1800 Sitrep: Quiet day.

23rd January

Brigade HQ – SAN CLEMENTE 9928.

Lt Col RS Baker Commander 17 Field Regiment RA left to take up an appointment at home. His departure was a blow and his presence will be sadly missed. As the guest of honour, he was given a farewell party at Brigade HQ, which included several officers from his regiment. 2 Innisks moved forward from the Reserve Bttn area of 11 Brigade during the afternoon and take over positions in right bttn sector.

1950 Relief of 2 LIR by 2 Innisks completed.

Patrols NTR during the night. An enemy patrol of six approached area 008299 but were dispersed by MMGs 1 RIrF. No enemy HF during the night.

1 RIrF – 003300.

2245 Sounds and movement at 013203 engaged by 3” mortars. Major RSV Howard rejoined from hospital.

2 Innisks – SAN CLEMENTE.

1730 B Coy at Mule Point ready to move forward to San Lucca.

1830 Bttn HQ relief completed.

1930 Bttn relief completed. A Coy in reserve at Point 170. B Coy at Lucca. C Coy at Point 165. One platoon of A Coy at Point 156. Patrols 1) Standing Patrol from Point 156 at Culvert 017288 all night. 2) Standing Patrol at 007290 all night. 3) Standing Patrol until 2400 hrs at 013291. 4) Standing Patrol at 005285 all night.

2330 CO visits A and C Coy.

2345 C Coy report patrol from 013291 returned. NTR.


0400 Pioneers report trip flares lifted from culvert without incident.

0445 Five mortar bombs on H Coy area.

0800 Preparations commenced for relief by 2 Innisks.

1200 2 Innisks recce party arrive Bttn HQ.

1800 Sitrep: Quiet day. Enemy harassing Sasso between 0945 and 1000 hrs.

1815 Bttn HQ  and Mortar Platoon relieved  and proceeded by march route to normal em-busing point.

2100 Relief complete.

2345 Bttn now in area Castro San Martino 850044.  Billets were found to be in a disgraceful condition. Doors and window frames etc had been burnt by previous occupants.

24th January

Brigade HQ – SAN CLEMENTE 9928.

Brigade Commander visits 1 RIrF.

Slight mortaring during the day.

Patrols reported slight movement but made no contact. Some enemy seen moving about were engaged by our artillery.

Red and green flares observed at Tamagnin after our own MG harassing fire.

Three inches of snow fell during the night.

1 RIrF – 003300.

0210 Force of 6 enemy dispersed by bren fire area 006301.

1000 Vickers engage movement at 023316.

1900 Vickers harass Tamagnin 013303 and spur 014301 from position at 008306 causing enemy to fire many flares.

2 Innisks – SAN CLEMENTE.

0600 C Coy sitrep. Nothing to report.

0625 B Coy sitrep. NTR. A Coy reported Argylls contacting Standing Patrol at 005285 at 0125hrs.

0740 C Coy report six mortar bombs in area gully north of Point 165.

0930 CO visits B Coy.

1345 C Coy report out of communication with Valley Farm. B Coy and MMGs warned.

2035 Patrol to Culvert 017288 returned. No enemy seen but movement and coughing heard in Culvert at 019289. No action resulted.

2105 Patrol to Knoll 015289 returned. NTR.

2130 Flare seen in the direction of Sasso from Point 207.  Enquiries from B Coy report it to be a flare and sent out a contact Patrol who say they heard movement.


0800 Bttn now resting. Preparations in progress for making up personal kit, gas and snow kit deficiencies

25th January

Brigade HQ– SAN CLEMENTE 9928.

Brigade Commander to 2 Innisks.

Tracks in the snow were observed by our OPs and some slit trenches. Slight enemy movement was engaged by MGs and artillery.

1 RIrF – 003300.

1130 Three enemy seen at 014299 engaged by 3” mortars.

1400 Movement at 014299 again engaged by 3” mortars.

2230 C Coy (Capt Manson MC) report positions area 008306 being shelled and machine gunned.

2 Innisks – SAN CLEMENTE.

0035 8 A&SH contact A Coy Standing Patrol at 005285.

0400 Four mortar bombs land behind Point 156 in area 013287.

0550 C Coy NTR.

0605 Sitrep to brigade. Patrols above, otherwise NTR.

0620 C Coy report Patrol to Culvert returned. NTR.

Heavy snow fell during the night.

0730 B Coy report trenches and tracks visible on Point 342, tracks leading down to Antrim.

1130 MMGs fire on Scrub at 018288.

1215 Brigade Commander visits Bttn HQ, also A, B and C Coys’ HQs.

1620 Visibility at Point 156 is at 15 yards due to artificial smoke screen drifting up from river bed.

1635 Four enemy mortar bombs land in Culvert at 017288. 2 Innisks Admin Order No 1 issued.


MO lecturing coys on perils of VD.

1000 CO’s conference with Coy Commanders and later with OCs specialist platoons on various aspects of present campaign.