26th May

Brigade HQ.

38 Brigade Movement Order No 2 was issued expressing the intention “38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade will move to Guelma 28-29 May.”

Brigade letter re move of carriers was sent to bttns.

1 RIrF.

Received warning order to be prepared to move on the 28th. Carried out a few preparations.

6 Innisks – MAXULA REGES.

0800 Captain Kerr left with advance party.

A strong wind lowered the temperature considerably.

2 LIR.

Advance party to Guelma.

27th May

Brigade HQ.

Amdt No 1 to 38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade Movement Order No 2 was issued.

1800 Guards found by Brigade on VPs in Tunis area were taken over by 24 Guards Brigade.

1 RIrF.

Packing up and preparing for the move tomorrow. Bttn was ready to move by 1900hrs in the evening.

6 Innisks – MAXULA REGES.

1430 Conference about move.

Packing of vehicles is difficult owing to the amount of surplus kit – chiefly mess kit and Italian tents. Several trailers have been acquired to ease the situation.

This was our last day in the Batierie. During our stay, the place has been transformed from a dirty heap of rubbish to a clean barracks.

2 LIR.

1030 Commanding Officer with Intelligence Officer and Captain Westcott move off to recce grounds in new area. 2 LIR Movement Order No-2 issued together with march table for move to new area App C.

1600 Carrier Platoon under command Captain R Cockburn left unit area for 78 Division Concentration Area 925505 (Sheet 20 Tunisia 1/50000) Battalion prepared to move.

Captain RW Jelf attached to 1 Division pending posting to KSLI.

28th May

Brigade HQ.

0700 38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade closed at St Germain.

Brigade moved to staging area (H6644) via Tunis, Dedjeida, Mateur, Sedjenane.

1700-2000 Brigade arrived in staging area (H6644).

An order was received from 78 Division to detail one officer and one infantry section to demonstrate mountain warfare pack equipment to various units for 2 weeks.

1 RIrF.

Full details of the day in Appendix.


0755 The bttn in 77 vehicles passed Bttn SP.

0800 Proceeded via Brigade SP (1451). Skirted west of Tunis.

0910 To Divisional SP (9158). 10 Minutes late, and proceeded without incident via Mateur and Tabarka to the Divisional staging area, 4 miles south west of La Croix (H 6542).

2100 Conference for tomorrow’s orders.

2 LIR.

Battalion advance party move to Staging Area 608405 (Sheet 4 Tunisia).

0600 Battalion left for new area. Arrived at Staging Area 0720 hours.

Lieutenant AC Howells and Lieutenant MG Hughes admitted to hospital.

29th May

Brigade HQ.

0945 Brigade HQ and bttns left staging area (H6644) for Guelma via La Tarf, Morris, Duzerville.

1700 Brigade HQ established (G670036), 6 Innisks (G667046), 2 LIR (G695080), 1 RIrF (G667047).

1 RIrF.

Continuation of move to new area.

1100 Bttn arrived in new area, a few miles north of Guelma. It was found to be very exposed to the sun, with very little shade. Chief attraction to the men was a swimming pool, coming from a naturally warm spring, only about 500 yards from the camp.


1230 Bttn moved off from staging area. Proceeded via Rommes Souk, Le Tarf, Duzzeervlle to new brigade area. This is about 4 miles north of Guelma and 1 mile north of Heliopolis.

The bttn area (west of road) is barren of shade and the lines are cramped.  A pipeline supplies all coys except A with water. Part of the area appears malarious.

A hot Roman Bath is opposite the lines. Guelma offers an officer’s club, cinema, NAAFI, theatre and cafes.

2 LIR.

1030 Battalion left Staging Area. Arrived 78 Division concentration area at 1830 hours.

Battalion HQ established 660045 (Sheet 54 Algeria). Companies established in open ground around Battalion HQ.

30th May


No training. Spent the day settling in, putting up tents etc.

6 Innisks – GUELMA.

Swimming pool declared open at all times. The weather is oppressively hot from 1000-1700hrs. Vehicles centralised for maintenance.

31st May

Brigade HQ.

Trace was forwarded to 78 Division of brigade training areas.


Coy training started. Preparations for the brigade training camps, which were to operate on a twenty eight day programme.

6 Innisks – GUELMA.

0530 Reveille early to get the day’s work over before the heat.

2 LIR.

1100 Commanding Officer with Intelligence Officer and Company Commanders recce new area 697088 for battalion area.