11th November

Brigade HQ.

0600 2 LIR had quiet night.

On the whole, a quiet day. One man was injured by a mine on the track running from Point 401 – Point 416 028248.

2100 Recce patrol of 1 officer and 1 OR go out to 037265. Nothing to report.


1 RIrF – SAN APOLLINARE 005230.

Pioneers cleared five mules and one jeep from Gesso track. Party for officers and sgts at S and HQ Coy.


2 Innisks – TRAVELATO.

0300 Bttn reported in Travelato without incidents.


2 LIR – ITALY.

0600 Sitrep: Spasmodic shelling and mortaring of bttn area.

No casualties. Otherwise nothing to report.

1000 Intentions night 11/12: 1 officer and 1 OR to patrol to area south of Pimples. Time out 2100 hrs, in 2300 hrs.

Fighting patrol of 1 officer and 7 ORs to Pimples. Time out 0430 hrs, in 0630 hrs.

1400 1 OR from H Coy proceeding to Bttn Rest House at Point 383, 031247, stepped on a  Schu mine and lost his right foot.

1900 Pioneer Platoon went out to begin re-marking of all minefields in bttn area.

2000 Enemy air activity on left flank.



12th November

Brigade HQ.

0430 Fighting patrol 2 LIR of 1 officer and 7 goes out to enemy positions at 038266.

They returned at 0645 hrs, having been heavily shout up from the objective and been unable to get forward due to the open nature of the ground.

They tried to get down into the gully to the right of the ridge but the going was very bad indeed and they had to come back or get caught in daylight.

Very quiet day.

Brigade Commander visits 2 LIR.

1835 MMG HF on house 054289.

2200 Two deserters come into 2 LIR lines. Identification 2 Coy, 1 Para Mortar Bttn (1 Para Division).

2300 MMG HF on track between Scaglia 048285 and Vignola 050287.

Local protection patrols during the night, which was uneventful.


1 RIrF – SAN APOLLINARE 005230.

Pioneers dug out remaining mules and jeep on Gesso track and taped track to Casone.


2 Innisks – TRAVELATO.

0900 Major PJ Blake MC attached to 78 Division HQ for staff attachment


2 LIR – ITALY.

0600 Sitrep: Recce patrol to south of Pimples reported enemy in occupation. Fighting patrol found approach too open and were unable to carry out task before daylight.

Otherwise nothing to report.

1030 CO’s O Group reference move back to 11 Brigade reserve area on night 13/14.

1100 Intentions night 12/13: Local protection only.

2000 Two deserters from sector on 78 Division’s left flank brought in by G Coy. Identification – Mortar Bttn, 1 Para Division.

2030 Enemy patrol reported moving in front of G Coy’s positions. Orders to G Coy to let them get very close before opening fire.

Died on this Day:

Rifleman Robert Warden, London Irish Rifles.



13th November

Brigade HQ.

A quiet night on the whole.

The track at Cuviolo was shelled during the morning and there were airbursts over San Apollinare.

1800 1 RIrF relieved 2 LIR in present position.

1 RIrF locations: HQ – 023257.

                          Coys – 031253 to 032255.

                                     028258 with platoon at Casa Salara 0326.

                                     028263.

                          One coy 2 Innisks old position and under command at 022263.

2 LIR move to 2 Innisks’ old position and come under command 11 Brigade.

2 Innisks come into Reserve. New locations as follows:

HQ – 006238.

Coy – 006238,

Coy – 008247 with platoon at 012246.

MMG – 011238.

During the afternoon, Casone 023257 was badly shelled.

2130 MMG HF on Roncagli 056277, La Casetta 061276.

The rest of the night was uneventful. All battalions report quiet night.


1 RIrF – CASONE 022258.

Relieved 2 LIR. Completed 1925 hrs.

Tac HQ Casone 0222258. B Coy – 027263. D Coy – 027258. C Coy – 032255 with 1 platoon at 032253 and a company of 2 Innisks u/c at 022263.


2 Innisks – TRAVELATO.

2000 Lt Col DM Shaw MC reported to have arrived at Rear Brigade HQ.


2 LIR – ITALY.

0600 Sitrep: Slight shelling and mortaring during night. Two deserters from 1 Para Division brought in by G Coy. Otherwise nothing to report.

0900 1 RIrF recce parties arrive at Bttn HQ.

1000 Leave party – RSM and 6 ORs left for 1 month’s leave in UK.

1030 Bttn recce party left for area Travelato, 999273.

1500 Bttn movement control post established in Valley Farm, 0171262. E and G Coys (less forward platoon in eastern Salara) relieved by 1 RIrF and rendezvoused with Bttn HQ at this farm.

1700 Bttn HQ, E, G (less 1 platoon), Mortars and H Coy began move to Travelato via Ripiano 017270, Casa I Rochi 009276, along gully to 006274, thence along newly made mule track to Il Tombe di Sassatello 999291. Guides met the column at Casa I Ronchi.

1900 Column arrived as Sassatello. Two platoons of G Coy were billeted in Sasstello. H Coy, G Coy HQ and remaining platoon, MMGs and Mortars were billeted in house 998272. Arrangements were made for Bttn HQ to move to Casa Caniglio 990267.

This led to some disorganization as the billets were being taken over from 2 Innisks and the Command Post and Exchange Post were at Trevelato. Signal Platoon and Battle Patrol were therefore left in Travelato. Remainder of Bttn HQ moved to Caniglio.



14th November

Brigade HQ.

Generally a quiet night.

1210 Slight mortaring area 028263.

1600 GOC visits Brigade Commander.

1720 MMGs fired on Mulineto 051280.

1900 MMGs fired on house at 054289.

2000 MMGs fired on Casetta 061276.

2200 MMGs fired on Boschi di Olivia 042272.

Local protection only during the night. Night was uneventful.


1 RIrF – CASONE 022258.

1210 B Coy had 35 mortar bombs at Spaduro.

1740 Eight 170s in Spaduro. 2 hits.


2 Innisks – TRAVELATO.

0900 Lt Col DM Shaw MC arrives at B Echelon and proceeds to main Brigade HQ prior to assuming command of the battalion.

1200 The Adjutant and IO proceed to La Strada to recce area for battalion moving in tonight.

1900 Bttn arrive La Strada in Brigade Reserve and are located: Bttn HQ and A Coy at La Strada, C Coy at Sassatello, B Coy and Mortar Platoon at Casa Salara under command of 1 RIrF.


2 LIR – ITALY.

0330 CO, Adjutant, IO and H Coy MMGs arrive in area Trevelato.

0700 Signal laid line between the two Bttn HQ farms.

E Coy now established in farm Casa Selva di Sotto 007264.

1000 Remainder of day spent resting.



15th November

Brigade HQ.

0900 Brigade Commander visits 1 RIrF.

Quiet morning.

Enemy movement engaged by our artillery.

There was considerable enemy artillery and mortar DF on 1 RIrF bttn area and the anti tank gun position at 023243.

1700 G3 camouflage, 13 Corps, commences to erect a false skyline at Ca Vignia 009237. When this is erected – by means of camouflage nets and poles – it will enable mule convoys and troops to move down to the FDLs by daylight. This will considerably lessen the supply problem.

1 officer and 3 men were wounded on our own mines in 1 RIrF area.

Generally a quiet night.


1 RIrF – CASONE 022258.

Mortaring and shelling on bttn area. Lt Hanssen and 3 ORs wounded by one of our own mines.


2 Innisks – LA STRADA.

1000 The Brigade Commander visits Bttn HQ and Lt Col DM Shaw MC arrives at Bttn HQ to take over bttn


2 LIR – ITALY.

Bttn still in 11 Brigade reserve area.