War Diaries – 3rd March 1943

Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

For details of patrols 2/3 Mar and OP reports, see 38 Brigade Intelligence Summary dated 3 March.

38 Brigade Operational Order No 13 issued.

133460 Capt J Hayes, RA ChD taken on the strength of Brigade HQ, and attached 1 Field Ambulance.


C Coy 1 RIrF was to cease to be under command 6 Innisks and come into Divisional reserve as detailed in the Appendix. Patrol Margaret set out into the hills from Sidi Kretif. Captain DN Jefferies awarded the Military Cross.

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

The day was very quiet with no artillery or mortar fire from the enemy.

1500 2 LIR reported that Sgt Miller, one of the men missing from Capt Daly’s patrol, had come into their lines. He was in an exhausted condition, wounded by MG fire in both legs and the back and had crawled back from Stop Farm, a distance of nearly two miles. He was evacuated forthwith.

1930 A patrol of 6 went out to road at 660106, where large vehicle tracks were seen at the side of the road (approx 2’6” wide). They laid mines at this point and returned.

Sgt McAleer was out most of the day along the gully from Bou Arada rd at 646049.He reported likely MG positions and a camouflaged position at 677053, also a suspected  OP at 675074. The latter two were engaged with effect by artillery.

Fusilier Douglas Smart, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

2 LIR.

Lieutenant A G Howells appointed Intelligence Officer. Captain T W H Wilson appointed Adjutant vice Captain T C Osborn wounded.