War Diaries – 16th October 1943

Brigade HQ.

0800 Bttns reported quiet night.

1000 Situation on Brigade front see Sitrep.

1125 Brigade informed by Division following troops under command wef 0900 18th October:

One battery 17 Field Regiment, one battery 64 A/Tk Regiment, one squadron 46 RTR, 56 Recce less two squadrons.

1200 Patrol 2 LIR captured 3 PoWs area 748784. Identified I Bttn 64 Panzer Grenadier Regiment.

1220 RA 78 Division informed 17 Field Regiment and 64 A/Tk Regiment that 13 Battery 17 Field Regiment and 254 Battery 64 A/Tk Regiment troops u/c 38 Brigade 0900 18th October.

1900 2 LIR reported large numbers of civilians coming through Bttn lines from Petacciato. Civilians were sent to Brigade HQ for interrogation and not allowed to return through lines. RE section clearing and sweeping road of mines from Termoli – Petacciato.

1 RIrF.

Nothing outstanding to report.

6 Innisks – SAN GIACOMO.

Numbers of Italian soldiers were now beginning to come through our lines – any that had good information was sent immediately to Brigade HQ and the remainder were directed to the authorities at Termoli or San Severo.

Patrolling continued at night with another patrol of a platoon in strength.

2 LIR.

During the morning the enemy mortared area Pt 150/732787. From Pt 150 the ground falls away to the sea. There is little cover fwd until the slope is reached on the right of Petacciato.

0300 Patrol ‘John’ of 1 Platoon commanded by Capt St Maur Shiel accompanied by 2 officers of the RTR. To establish a base at O P Fm 750790 and dominate ground to Petacciato and fight enemy patrols.

0650 One enemy plane over Termoli. No bombs dropped.

0700 Patrol ‘Shepards’ return. (see sheet 13 for report). Report of Shepards. Met Patrol ‘Pride’ at O P Fm at 1730 hrs. Moved to area 727794 to lie up for enemy. Lay up from 2345 to 0300 hrs. Moved fwd West of main rd to 720793, then right along secondary rd to 710797. At 0420 hrs man ran out of house below them at 713798. Patrol moved through thick undergrowth to attack house. About 25 men brought from Petacciato by man engaged ‘Pride’ with ….

0830 C O holds “O” Group at Battalion HQ.

0900 C O reports to Brigade HQ for conference.

1230 3 German P O W captured by Patrol ‘John’ arrive at Battalion HQ. Identified as 1 Battalion Panzer Grenadier Regt.

1400 C O accompanied by O Cs F, G & H Companies on recce.

1500 Patrol ‘Raider’ of 8 OTHER RANKs commanded by Lieutenant Seymour. To locate MMGs reported west of Tri Petacciato and Stn De Montenero. To bring back an identification. Patrol contacted ‘John’ at O P Fm 749787 as previously arranged.

1700 C O at Brigade HQ.

1900 Patrol ‘John’ returns. (see sheet 14 for report). Report of Patrol ‘John’ 3 prisoners of war taken at Road Fm 748784 at 1000 hrs. Movement seen in tower in Petacciato. Civilians report/3-4 gun positions near road at 715802. 2 MGs in Petacciato in houses. Enemy strength 100-200. MG posts in Tower. No tanks. They left few days previously. Enemy withdrawn to behind River Trigno, except for a few infantry & some guns in town.

1930 Patrol ‘Cover 2’ of 1 Platoon commanded by Capt Woods MC. To cover Sappers clearing road of mines as far fwd as Pt 150/731787.