21st May

Brigade HQ.

A report on lessons of the campaign 7 April-8 May was forwarded to 78 Division.


1 RIrF.

A quiet day. Nothing to report.


6 Innisks – MAXULA REGES.

1030 Divisional Commander’s conference in La Colleaie, Tunis. All Officers, WOs and Sgts attended.

The Divisional Commander spoke about the forming of 78 Division and its subsequent history. He referred to the 38 (Irish) Brigade as the youngest member, but said it had settled down well in the division. He spoke about divisional “esprit de corps” and gave a hint of our future by saying the division was to be made up to strength and was not going home.


2 LIR.

1030 Lecture by Divisional Commander in La Colisee Cinema, Tunis.



22nd May

Brigade HQ.

A message was received from 78 Division that the rest period would finish night 23/24 May and training commences 24 May. The letter at Appendix was sent to bttns.


1 RIrF.

Bttn still getting reorganised. Training programmes being made out. Being so near the sea, every man had ample opportunity for bathing almost every day. Party returned from Bougie with kit bags.


6 Innisks – MAXULA REGES.

1415 Conference on performance of weapons according to a brigade questionnaire,

2000 CO attends similar conference at Brigade.

Lt McClinton sent to hospital.



23rd May

Brigade HQ.

0930 Brigade Church Parade was held in 2 LIR lines.

1100 150 all ranks of the brigade attended First Army Thanksgiving Service at Carthage.

1200 Presentation of awards was made by Army Commander at 78 Division Car Park. Brigade Commander and Staff Captain attended and the massed Drums and Pipes of the brigade played during the ceremony.

2100 Bttn Commanders attended Brigade HQ to discuss 5 Corps Questionairre.

2315 Warning order was issued to bttns re advance parties for move to Guelma.


1 RIrF.

Nothing to report.

Died on this Day:

PSM Daniel O’Brien, Royal Irish Fusiliers.


6 Innisks – MAXULA REGES.

0930 Brigade Service in LIR lines. Special Thanksgiving and Remembrance. Brigade RC service in Maxula Reges.

1400 D Coy re-formed under Captain Duddington. Men drawn from other coys to make up strength . Each coy is now about 90 strong.

1730 Football match v team of Maxula Reges. The match was fairly even. The French won 2-0.

1830 Officers of the bttn entertained by Mayor and Council in La Municipalite. On the arrival of the CO, the band played the British and French national anthems. The CO, in a short speech, expressed the thanks of the officers and men for their hospitality. The Mayor replied suitably.

1845 Dance given by bttn – opened on the palm fringed square. There were numerous partners and music was provided by the bttn band with some local help. An exhibition of Irish Dancing by Fusilier Duff, accompanied by Fusilier Kane on the pipes was greatly appreciated.


2 LIR.

Warning Order – 78 Division to move to Guelma area.



24th May

Brigade HQ.

1500 Lt-Col Livock 8th Army visited this HQ and was given answers to 5 Corps Questionairre by Brigade Commander. A copy was also sent to 78 Division.


1 RIrF.

Rest period still in progress. Bttn still in same area.


6 Innisks – MAXULA REGES.

0650 RSM’s drill for all ORs. Drill in the bttn has not been good lately. Probably due to so many men being from different units.

1600 Provisional orders received for move of bttn to Guelma (Algeria).

Captain Kerr re-joined bttn after short illness.


2 LIR.

Warning Order – Advance parties to new area to move at first light 25/5/43. This was later postponed to 28 May 43. 



25th May

Brigade HQ.

A letter was received from 78 Division on 3” Mortar. As a result, the letter at Appendix 31 was sent to bttns.

78 Division Admin Order No 21 dealing with the new order (Guelma) was received.


1 RIrF.

A quiet day. Nothing to report.


6 Innisks – MAXULA REGES.

0615 Daily PT for all ranks started.

1400 Lieut McKenna (QM) left for Guelma.