21st July

Brigade HQ – SOUTH OF SOUSSE.

Brigade training area issued.

2 LIR on Exercise “Blister” in area P6521.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Nothing outstanding to report. Training continued at Company Commander’s discretion.

1800 Discussion on ‘spit and polish’.

1900 Concert given by the Irish Brigade. Arranged by Lieut B St G Power. A very good show, organised entirely from local talent in the Brigade. Orders for bttn exercise.


6 Innisks – SOUSSE.

0515  Reveille.

0600 O Group.

0740  Zero. Bttn attack on 3 objectives. Wireless silence imposed by higher authority.

1000 March off from exercise area to lying up area. 6 miles in very great heat. Very little shade. All ranks suffering from heat exhaustion.

1800 Move off after tea: day still hot. Further 15 miles making total of 42 miles in 36 hrs.

Morale high on way back. Bttn marched in well with few casualties in spite of the intense heat.


2 LIR.

Exercise “Blister” commenced. Battalion marched during the night to concentration area.



22nd July

Brigade HQ – SOUTH OF SOUSSE.

Brigade Operation Instruction No 2 issued.

1 RIrF on Exercise “Blister” in area P6521.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Warning order to be ready to move cancelled the Bttn exercise. A modified exercise consisting of a 20 mile night march was held instead. Orders for this march, Appendix H, to standing orders.


6 Innisks – SOUSSE.

Day of rest.


2 LIR.

Exercise “Blister”. Battalion attacked during the early hours of the morning and returned back to camp by transport during the remainder of the morning and evening.

2300 Battalion returns to camp.



23rd July

Brigade HQ – SOUTH OF SOUSSE.

2000 Brigadier N Russell and Major CPJD O’Farrell (1 RIrF) left Brigade HQ en route for new location.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Warning order that marching details must be prepared to move at 0700 24/7.

All transport packed and ready to move by 0800 24/7.

Lieut Coats in order of priority.

Lieut A Smyth rejoined the bttn.


6 Innisks – SOUSSE.

Coy exercises. Waterproofing of vehicles completed. Packing started.


2 LIR.

Battalion standing by for move to Sicily.



24th July

1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Bttn still in the same area. No move yesterday as ships were not ready. Standing by to move today. A few minor difficulties experienced with the serials, but otherwise, all preparations going well.


6 Innisks – SOUSSE.

Bttn packed up and standing by for embarkation at 1 12 hrs notice.


2 LIR.

Embarkation Serials sorted out in the Battalion IO and Intelligence Sergeant report to Brigade. Brigade Recce Group embark on LST at 1800 hrs.



25th July

Brigade HQ – SOUTH OF SOUSSE.

1800 Brigade HQ moved to assembly area (P6050) and lay up for the night.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Still no move. Bttn spent a quiet day in the same area.


6 Innisks – SOUSSE.

Standing by.

1500 Rifle coys embark at Sousse on two LCIs and leave 1900hrs. Remainder standing by.


2 LIR.

0800 Brigade Recce Group sailed for Sicily.