War Diaries – 27th March 1943

Brigade HQ – TESTOUR.

Divisional Commander’s message dated 26 March received. In 38 Brigade Intelligence Summary dated 26 March.

1 RIrF – BEJA.

0930 The CO with commanders of various support arms made a recce of area Munchar 3140 with a view to counter attack in event of a threat from the east.

The day was quiet. Training was carried out largely with the purpose of removing the physical effects of 3 months holding a defensive position, but also with the purpose of practising the troops in the rapid occupation of the features recced 1030 hrs 26 March. 57 ORs and Lieuts WG Bigger, HT Emmins, WJ Chapman, B Osborn and W Hanna reported: posted the first two to B Coy, and the remainder to D, C and A Coys respectively.

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

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

0830 Coys in training as per programme.

Reorganisation of HQ and Support Coys. Major DT Little is now in Support Coy.

1200 The Bttn was pleased to welcome back Capt A Ferris, who arrived with Lieut Halpin and 12 OR reinforcements. Capt Ferris now seems fully recovered from the wounds he received in the battle for ‘Two Tree Hill’.

1400 CO inspection of HQ Coy platoons.

1830 Officer of 1 Recce reported that C Squadron was standing to and that a patrol had been sent out. He could give no further information.

1900 Explanation received from 1 Recce regarding previous information. Patrol and ‘Stand to’ had been ordered because one of their patrol cars had run over a mine.

2 LIR.

Battalion moved by TCV to area 013798 (near Le Kef).