War Diaries – 26th March 1943

Brigade HQ – TESTOUR.

Lt FJA Clarke posted this HQ as LO vice Lt J Hall.

38 Brigade’s dispositions as attached as Appendix 28.

1 RIrF – BEJA.

1030 The CO with commanders of various support arms made a recce of Djebels Ouden 2448, Hanaya 2649, Zebla 2650 and Kef Agab 2749, with a view to their seizure in the event of a threat from the north.

1645 General KAN Anderson CB MC visited the Bttn and wished it “Good luck”.

1800 Captain Allgood, 97 Infantry Regiment (US Forces) reported to recce the Bttn area with a view to his Bttn taking over on its relief by 8th Army on Kasserine.

1815 O Group conference at which training to be carried out in the present area and recces of the areas named above (1030 hrs) by Coy commanders etc were detailed.

Night was quiet. Standing patrols at 280481 and 263477 had nothing to report.

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

0600 Stand to. Weather fine.

0900 Major Bunch, Capt J Norman and 79 ORs leave for rest camp at Ain Draham. The duties of Adjutant now rest with Capt N Kingsmill (Canada). Coys on training, which included a lecture on tanks by 142 RAC, and an inspection by CO.

1800 Impromptu concert under the guidance of Capt RA Ablett.

2 LIR.

Draft of 40 other ranks join battalion.