Brigade HQ.

0500 Bttns reported no enemy activity during night.

0600 Sitrep. Patrols report enemy astride road half mile south east of San Salvo.

RE diversion now available for single file traffic.

1445 1 RIrF reported further points reached by patrols night 24/25 618821 and 627827. Enemy located on ridge 618823 but strength unknown. Cable winding heard area 622823. 6 A/Tk guns now in position, none west of river owing to diversion being only passable fro west to east.

1345 Orders for possible moves of Brigade units 26 October issued.

Lieut RD Room, OC Defence Platoon admitted to 152 Field Ambulance.

1800 6 Innisks reported patrol to pt176 (6075) in position and established two OPs.

2155 6 Innisks patrol to Mafalda returned 2115hrs with 4 PoWs identified 5 Coy 79 Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 2 more enemy wounded, one of whom escaped and the other Mafalda. 3 MG 42s and one M/pistol captured. Patrol commander’s patrol is attached.


1 RIrF.

During the day, there was considerable shelling of the Bttn area especially B Coy’s position.

2000 Heavy shelling.

2030 Patrol of NCO and 2 men from the Battle Patrol went to area Long Farm 620804.

RE began work on the bridge but had to give up owing to heavy shellfire.

F Coy of 2 LIR was put under command of CO.


6 Innisks – MONTENERO.

Day quiet, patrolling being the only activity. One patrol, strength 1 platoon was sent out at 1130hrs to find out enemy situation in Mafalda. Three escaped PoWs came through our lines, two from RASC and one 1st Sherwood.

1500 3 Sections made a sweep of farms in area H6173-6273-6174-6274. Montenero bombed by enemy aircraft. No casualties.


2 LIR.

1630 Eight enemy fighter bombers (FW 190s) bomb and strafe Brigade fwd areas and Battalion areas. No damage or casualties.

1930 Intelligence Sgt & 7 OR recce River Trigno north of bridge for possible crossing place. Returned at 0130 hrs. Nil result.

1930 E Company move from present location to cross River Trigno and establish themselves in area of wood 634810 under command of 1 RIrF. Eventually, the Company did not cross the Trigno and lay up in area of 1 RIrF Battalion HQ.