War Diaries – 31st October 1943

Brigade HQ.

0050 2 LIR reported all well and nothing to report.

0240 6 Innisks reported all well and nothing to report.

0600 Brigade reported to Division changeover of 2 LIR and 6 Innisks completed satisfactorily and without enemy interference. Locations as before.

0745 2 LIR patrol reported two enemy MG area 615815 and another area 620815.

1200 CO 2 LIR reported enemy patrol on recce last flank of bridgehead yesterday. CO expressed himself very disquieted at the vulnerability of the left flank of the bridgehead and of his own inability with troops under his command to maintain the bridgehead should the enemy launch a determined attack.

1600 Brigadier N Russell DSO MC returned to Brigade HQ from CCS Termoli.

1700 Situation on Brigade front. See Sitrep.

1 RIrF.

Reorganisation continued.

Lance Sergeant Forbes Gilberg, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

6 Innisks – RIVER TRIGNO.

Weather definitely improved and ground drying out; Bttn rests and dries, and starts getting the mud of equipment and clothing.

The casualties during the time the battalion held the bridgehead was as follows:

1 officer wounded.

3 ORs killed.

21 ORs wounded.

2 ORs missing.

Fusilier Peter Awcock, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.