War Diaries – 15th October 1943

Brigade HQ.

0800 Bttns reported quiet night.

1700 Situation on Brigade front and results of patrols see Sitrep.

1 RIrF.

A quiet day.

6 Innisks – SAN GIACOMO.

Another quiet day. Civilians began coming in great numbers requesting passes to visit their various farms. These civilian were checked but none were allowed to go forward of our positions. Another patrol, one platoon in strength went out at night.

2 LIR.

0130 Patrol ‘Cover’ returned. Sappers certified that road & verges clear of mines as far as 748784.

0300 Patrol ‘Pride’ of 2 Secs commanded by Capt Fitzgerald, plus 1 RA Officer to White Farm 750790. To dominate ground fwd to Petacciato and fight any enemy patrols. If possible obtain an identification.

0600 Patrol ‘Sweat’ returned. Report the enemy still hold Petacciato and have est a series of sentry posts just West of 72 Grid. Two were contacted at 713794 & 715802.

Report of Patrol ‘Sweat’. Road junction 723790 clear. Heard German voices in new village & a lot of movement including vehicles. Patrol preparing to attack bumped a sentry post on Sunken Track 713794. Sentry challenged in German and English. He ran off up road & Patrol fired on it. Patrol took up defensive positions on small ridge 200 yds South of Pt 235/7179 & fired in the direction of the enemy. This did not draw his fire.

0900 C O to Brigade for conference.

1000 Patrol ‘Pride’ in area of Oblong Farm 772787. In W/T/ contact with E Company.

1200 Brigadier & BM at Battalion HQ.

Ensa Cinema Show in Termoli. Battalion allotment 100 seats. Artillery Air O P up and

Down coast tonight. Companies informed.

1500 Patrol ‘Shephard’ of 15 Other Ranks commanded by Lieutenant O’Connor. To lie up for enemy relief party seen by Patrol ‘Blood’ in area 713800 between 2345 & 0030 hrs. Also to find out as much as possible of enemy dispositions in Petacciato. Obtain an identification.

7 Other Ranks joined the Battalion from 7th Battalion RUR (ROYAL IRISH RIFLES)

1940 Patrol ‘Pride’ returned. Deductions made. Enemy registering possible forming up areas with mortars.

Report of ‘Pride’ no movement between Pt 103/756788 & Petacciato. One German seen in area of Station de Montenero at 0800.

2000 Patrol ‘Cover 2’ briefed for 1900 hrs is cancelled owing to non arrival of Sappers.

Rifleman George Freshwater, London Irish Rifles.

Rifleman Basil Belmar, London Irish Rifles.