War Diaries – 19th May 1943

Brigade HQ.

Brigade Commander, Brigade Major and Staff Captain left HQ for assembly area for Victory March.

A rehearsal was held and troops taking part then dispersed to assembly area.

2100 Information was received from 78 Division that the move to Sousse was unlikely to take place.

1 RIrF.

Quiet day. More preparations for Victory March.

1700 Party for the parade move off.

6 Innisks – MAXULA REGES.

0810 Representatives left by transport for Victory March. 9 officers and 45 men per Coy. They proceeded to lying up area north of Tunis, and will remain till after the march.

1200 A divisional rehearsal held.  As far as possible, the party is composed of those, who have been the longest in Africa.

1800 Lieut Ashe returned to the battalion after illness.

2 LIR.

0800 78 Division rehearsal for Victory Parade in Tunis.

1030 Recce parties move off to concentration area to north of Tunis.

1300 Battalion arrives at concentration area. Lines up night 19/20 May preparatory to forming up in the parade on 20 May.