Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

The following SD personnel were attached to Bttns: 6 Innisks, Groze (French speaking). 2 LIR, Bell (French and Arabic speaker). 1 RIrF, Priand (French and German speaker).

Results of patrols night 28 Feb/1 Mar see Brigade Intelligence Summary dated 1 March.


The events of the night are recorded in the Appendix. Normal activity continued : preparations continued through the day for the takeover of Castle Hill 622089 from A Coy by Coy 2 LIR.

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

0800 Enemy mortar bombs in front of West Hill J6406 spitfires and hurribombers attacked enemy positions.

1510 B Coy mortared on Grandstand 652082.

1550 Sgt W Allen reports position of enemy mortar and behind Mehallah 678088

1605 Warning from Brigade of possible Stuka attack in five minutes – it did not immediately.

2 LIR.

Programme for night 1/2 March. Company 1 Royal Irish Fusiliers take over gully position from E Company 2/LIR and come under command 6 Innisks. H Company 2/LIR take over Stuka Farm positions from C Company 1 RIrF and revert to command of 2/LIR. Carriers of 2/LIR relieve 6th Inniskilling Fusiliers in original position. F Company 2/LIR relieve A Company 1 RIrF on Castle Hill. A Company 1 RIrF to reserve area 6106.

2100 Enemy tank concentration with infantry at 7114. Commanding Officer directs that companies stay in their positions if attacked. C Battery 152 Field Regiment warned and observation posts keep special look out. Reports received that enemy seen in gully 800 yards north of F Company HQ.

Sergeant Angus Gardiner, London Irish Rifles.