War Diaries – 12th October 1943

Brigade HQ – TERMOLI.

0245 6 Innisks’ patrol reported enemy standing patrol at farm 760730 and another one suspected at pt 68 (7472).

0700 Bttns reported quiet night and no enemy activity.

1700 Bttns’ quiet day. 2 LIR established standing patrol at bridge 788771.

2200 Situation of Brigade front and patrol results see Sitrep.

Summary of enemy movement on Brigade front 9-12 October issued

1 RIrF.

Eleven Reinforcements joined the Bttn including some slightly injured during our last action.

Fusilier Thomas Rourke, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

6 Innisks – SAN GIACOMO.

Heavy rain fell during the night and conditions in the coy areas were extremely unpleasant. More patrolling was carried out by night.

2 LIR.

0300 Patrol ‘Destruction’ 1 Platoon commanded by Lieutenant Bird, To patrol high ground in front of Battalion, to dominate it and capture or kill any enemy that appear.

0500 Commanding Officer visited Company areas.

0930 2/ic & Lieutenant Leigh (Essex Regiment) visited Company areas.

T/Captain AD Woods MC & 2/Lieutenant Marmonstein posted to the Battalion.

W/Lieutenant C W L Bird admitted to hospital.

1800 Patrol ‘Snoop’ of 10 other ranks commanded by Sergeant Donaghy. MM To find guns reported in areas 7577 7477. To locate them accurately with view of destroying them later.

1900 Patrol ‘Destruction’ returned. Report of Patrol: at 0630 while lying up in area Farm 773783 A German Patrol of 6 men approached from the South. Ambush was laid but they turned NW in dead ground about 600 yards short of Farm. A section was sent off in pursuit but the Germans moved quickly and contact was lost in wooded area. Farms in area were searched. Owner of Farm 771781 said 7 Germans visited his Farm at 1330.

Apart from one enemy Air Burst shell in area 796763, there was no other enemy artillery activity during past 24 hours.