11th May

Brigade HQ.

1200 1 RIrF were ordered to investigate Italian PoWs said to be in the area Hammam Lif (K 2249).

Bttns were ordered to continue with mobile patrols as on 10 May.

During the day, four enemy (3 of 47 IR) were picked up in area K 0950.

5 Corps Intelligence Summary was forwarded to troops under command.

2030 Information received (and passed to bttns) of suspected delay igniter booby traps.

Letter was sent to bttns detailing certain guards and duties in Tunis area.

Quiet night – nothing to report.


1 RIrF – TUNIS/LA GAGNA.

A quiet day.

1330 Patrols of 1 officer and 2 sections in transport were sent out by companies to the following places. A Company Inegrine, B Company Inaxula, C Company Hamman Lif and D Company St Germain.

1830 Patrols returned. A, B, and C Coys with nothing to report. D Coy brought in two suspect Italians and report having seen large quantities of German stores and equipment in several French houses.


6 Innisks – SOUTH OF TUNIS.

1000 Fusilier Harkness – a PoW released by the fall of Tunis – returns.

1500 Part of the Italian ammo dump set on fire by the Pioneer platoon looking for wooded boxes. Two fusiliers injured. The shells kept exploding all day. Large pieces of shrapnel flew about. The MO’s tent and the Padre’s suitcase were pierced.

Passes to Tunis allowed but limited to 15%.

2000 The Brigadier dined with HQ.


2 LIR.

1500 Patrol from E Company goes to area South of Lac de Tunis. Eight Italian prisoners dressed in civilian clothes were apprehended.



12th May

Brigade HQ

0820 Information received from 78 Division that 30,000 PoWs were expected that day. Bttns had to provide transport and escort.

1610 Sitrep was sent to 78 Division.

2010 78 Division issued instructions to report locations of enemy food or clothing dumps.


1 RIrF – TUNIS/LA GAGNA.

Patrol programme was cancelled. Companies engaged in marshalling prisoners from Cap Bon. Received orders for local move tomorrow.


6 Innisks – SOUTH OF TUNIS.

Cessation of hostilities in North Africa. Everybody relieved. All day, a stream of lorries mostly enemy type have passed, laden with PoWs coming from Cap Bon direction. Virtually un-escorted and mostly driven by Germans.

Captain Kerr sent to hospital. He has been ill for three days.


2 LIR.

During the past three days over 80 prisoners, Italian and German, including Italian civilians brought over to this country by the Italian army have been apprehended by the battalion or passed through our hands.

All the roads have been blocked by constant stream of prisoners passing through in transport.

Warning Order – 38 Brigade will move to area St Germain on 13/5/43. General Von Arnim reported by Indian troops in the Cap Bon area. All organised resistance ended at 2000 hours! 35,000 prisoners accounted so far. (Final total of prisoners 230,000).



13th May

Brigade HQ

Bttns and Brigade HQs moved to new brigade concentration area Maxula Rades (K1653)-Bordj (K1845).

1000 Brigade Commander attended a conference at Divisional HQ. Operational requirements, dress, training and reorganisation were discussed.

1530 Brigade HQ moved from old location to Bordj (193518).

Special Order of the Day by General Eisenhower and General Alexander was received.


1 RIrF – TUNIS/LA GAGNA.

0615 Recce parties return to new area 1551.

1500 Bttn transport moves to new area.

1600 Marching personnel move.

1630 LO goes to tea at division.

1800 Bttn reported in new area. D Company still dealing with prisoners on Tunis race course.

Captain Hanna rejoins bttn.

Died on this day:

Corporal William Stewart, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Lieutenant Michael O’Gorman, Royal Irish Fusiliers.


6 Innisks – SOUTH OF TUNIS.

0200 Bttn marched to the Batterie K159522. Bttn HQ is in the buildings of a defence works, which are in a filthy condition. The coy lines and messes are among the olive groves around the hill. The water and electric light systems have been broken by the enemy.

0830 Recce Group left for Maxula Reges.


2 LIR.

0900 Recce group move off to new area. Changed to area Maxula Rades and not St Germain.

1530 Battalion established in position, having moved to new area Battalion HQ in Olive Grove 152612. E Company 152521 G Company remain in Tunis – duties as before. H Company 148517. Brigade established at Bordj 193518, 6 Innisks 159522, 1 R Ir Fus 153512.

Died on this Day:

Captain Maurice Thornton, Royal Fusiliers attached to London Irish Rifles.



14th May

Brigade HQ – BORDJ/ST GERMAIN.

Extracts from 5 Corps Intelligence Summary and a recaptured prisoner’s statement were forwarded to bttns.

0945 Orders were received that 256 Battery 64 A/Tk Regiment was to revert forthwith under command Royal Artillery.

Divisional letter re operational requirements was issued. In each bttn, one rifle coy was to be in unit area daily and available to turn out if required.


1 RIrF.

A quiet day. Nothing to report. Bathing under coy arrangements was carried out.

Died on this Day:

Lance Corporal J H Neil Moores, Royal Irish Fusiliers.


6 Innisks – MAXULA REGES.

0900 Section of RE examine the tunnels, lifts, switches etc of the defence works for booby traps. Detention personnel put to cleaning up the buildings. Bttn HQ has a separate office for each department. Quarter Guard mounted. Daily routine established on proper basis. A bathing beach is almost 2 miles away. Bounds include villages of Megrine and Maxula Reges. Effort made to re-start the Pipe Band.



15th May

Brigade HQ.

Bttn Commanders’ conference was held.


1 RIrF.

A similar day with nothing outstanding taking place.


6 Innisks – MAXULA REGES.

0900 33 replacements arrived and 25 released PoWs.

Recreation room started.

News received of the death of Sgt McAleer DCM as the result of an accident while in convalescence.

Captain Duddington rejoined the bttn on recovery from wounds.


2 LIR.

Working hours of the battalion from 0900-1200 hours. Training mainly consisting of WT, PT and bathing. 15% of the battalion allowed late into Tunis from 0600-1900 hours. Lieutenant Stigant discharged from hospital.