War Diaries – 14th March 1943

Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

78 Division Operational Instruction No 19 regarding reorganisation in the Divisional area received.

38 Brigade relieved in present position by 3 Brigade. 1 RIrF remain under command 3 Brigade.

2788 Squadron RAF Regiment under command 38 Brigade.

Recce parties left for Gafour.


Night Nothing to report. No patrols sent out by 1 RIrF.

Day was quiet with normal activity, only varied by some slight preparations in connection with Brigade move.

Captain PM MacLachlan, the Royal Regiment of Canada and Captain WJ Saul, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles left the Bttn to return to England having completed their …”concise tour.” Captain MJ McDonald assumed command of HQ Coy.

Dusk Patrols Mayflower and Speedwell set out.

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

Was a very wet and uncomfortable night, as the rain began early and kept on most of the daytime. Any part of the Bttn area, where there was any traffic – wheeled or pedestrian – was rapidly transformed into a bog. More mud than uniform was visible upon most of the members of the Bttn and it was the lucky few who got through the day with dry blankets or bivvies. The recce party from the Sherwood Foresters was thus put in the picture in more ways than one.

Owing to this interference from the Tunisian weather, the changeover between us and the Foresters was postponed for 24 hours. The enemy was evidently pre occupied with baling out its trenches, as no mortar or gunfire came over during the day. Our own artillery, however, opened up whenever the rain stopped for a few minutes.  During the night, only local protective patrols were put out.

2 LIR.

1200 Advance party of 1st Duke of Wellington’s Regiment arrive at Battalion HQ.

2300 Remainder of Duke of Wellingtons’ arrive by TCV and debus at June 601019 and march up to relieve us.