War Diaries – 31st March 1943

Brigade HQ – BEJA.

Dispositions 38 Brigade as given in 38 Brigade Intelligence Summary dated 31 March.

1 RIrF – BEJA.

A quiet day. Firing carried out on local range. A forward firing course recced by CO and scheme prepared.

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

0530 Stand to. Weather cold – rain during day. All Coys normal. Patrols from A, B, C and D. Coys had nothing to report.

1000 CO holds conference for patrol leaders and explains object and reason of forthcoming patrols.

1015 Daylight patrol under command of Lieut Beeching went to Djebel Mahdi to recce suitable area for Bttn forming up point.   

1430 The Bttn is reinforced by four dogs – complete with name and number. It is fervently hoped that the dogs are not as hungry as they appear. However this might prove useful – ‘Bulb rations’ are unlikely to spoil their appetite for any enemy they might encounter.

1630 CO interrogates patrol leaders and arranges patrols for night 31 March/1 April.

1930 Patrol under Capt Bradley left Plateau Farm, Sidi Amoued, and went out through Recce OP pt 286 and along Mortar Alley. A patrol was heard 200 yards in front of Recce OP at 2000 hrs. Two working parties (enemy) were heard at 428409 Patrol withdrew at 0330 hrs.

2 LIR.

Battalion training.