Brigade HQ.

0200 First party MT column disembarked Reggio and proceeded to staging area D4453.

0330 Second party of MT column embarked on ferry Messina for Reggio.

0600 Recce parties left Crotone (Z7057) for Taranto. Second party of MT column disembarked at Reggio (D4547).

0900 MT column assembled in staging area (D4453).

1015 MT column left staging area D4453 for Catanzaro (Z2537) via Scilla (D5063), Bagnara ((5867), Palmi (D6714), Rosarno ((D7289).

1430 MT column halted for lunch between Rosarno and Mileto.

1515 Column resumed journey via Mileto (Y7903), Vibo Valentia (8310), Pizzo (Y8717).

1730 Recce parties arrived at 5 Corps HQ Taranto.

1830 Owing to bad diversions and darkness over River Amato (R0636), CMP control stopped further progress and column harboured for night approximately 5 miles west of Marcellinara at Z0837. Total mileage for day 94 miles.


1 RIrF.

1000 Bttn embarked on HMS Prince Leopold at West Beach.

1400 Ship sailed.


6 Innisks.

0400 Reveille

0430 Moved off to Milazzo arriving here at Milazzo – majority of personnel bathed before breakfast (0830hrs).

Embarked on Ulster Monarch and Royal Ulsterman at 1030hrs. Sailed at 1400hrs. Sea calm during voyage, which was without incident. MT reached Crotone at 1000hrs, refuelled and left again at 1110hrs. Roads became bad and in some cases were unfinished.


2 LIR.

Motor transport crossed the Straights of Messina by LCMs and disembarked at Catona, joined Bde Convoy. Moved off at 1030 and halted for night at Canova 7177 (Sheets 52/53)

1400 Convoy left Milazzo for Taranto via Messina Straights.