War Diaries – 2nd October 1943

Brigade HQ –ANDRIA.

0700 Brigade Group parties left Brigade HQ for new Brigade area.

1415 Brigade Support Group column left Andria (O9293) for new area via Barletta (J9004), Cerignola (O5897), Foggia (J2919).

1815 Brigade Group Motor Transport (MT) column harboured for night off rd Foggia – San Severo at J1839. Total mileage for day 68.

1 RIrF.

Bttn 20 mile route march during which the Colonel received a warning order to move to Termoli. The end of the march was accomplished in a sharp downpour of rain.

0700 Advance party under command of Captain JK Brown left for Termoli.

1500 Transport under command of Captain EL Gibbon left for its journey by road to Termoli.

The night was uncomfortable a each had only his ground sheet and blanket to cover them from the rain.

6 Innisks – BARLETTA.

0715 Bttn route march (less S Coy). Bathe on route in sea near Barletta. CO and Adjutant recalled from the march, and MT received orders to move at 1500hrs.

1830 March finished in rainstorm, and hasty packing for MT move was done during violent rainstorm. Transport moved off at 1500hrs to Foggia area. Clothes dried out in the late afternoon.  

2 LIR.

One Sergeant and 30 other ranks on Route Piquet as for 1st.

One Sergeant and 30 other ranks traffic control on Andria-Barletta road.

0730 Battalion Route March. Approx 17 miles (78 Div order).

1030 Brigade orders motor transport to be prepared to move from 1200 hrs.

1600 Motor transport left Battalion area by road to area Torremaggiore (30/0743).