War Diaries – 2nd May 1943


0005 Lt Gibson 1 RIrF was ordered to bring up his Bttn A/Tk guns to guard the right flank. He reported bogging at Kelbine and requested permission, which was granted, to bring them up at first light.

0620 1 RIrF reported a quiet night and their defensive position improved.

2 LIR were relieved by 1 /4 Hamps.

Brigade Commander sent back orders for Brigade HQ, and Bttn recce parties to recce area Basin 6429 in “offensive-defensive” role. In Brigade Commander’s absence, Lt-Col TPD Scott, commander 2 LIR was to command the Brigade.

Commanders 46 Division, 128 Brigade and relieving French Bttns visited Command Post.

1 RIrF.

No counter attack developed during the night, and none during the day. Two forward companies were mortared rather heavily during the afternoon. Lieut GL Care was wounded. Our mortars went into action and had some success shooting up some enemy on far slope of pt 416. Received a warning order for a move in the next few days. CO did not return today.


As above, but the weather has changed back to normal heat. Bttn was to have been relieved by a French unit but it didn’t arrive in time. KD blouses and trousers have been issued and SD trousers withdrawn.

2 LIR.

1100 Brigadier with battalion representatives recce new area. Lieutenant Colonel T P D Scott becomes acting Brigadier.

1800 Battalion moves off to embossing area at Kelbine. Move by TCVs to new area.