War Diaries – 25th September 1943

Brigade HQ – ITALY.

38 Brigade marching personnel embarked at Milazzo  (D0859).

0830 MT column resumed journey via Marcellinara (Z1740), Tirioli (Z1742), Catanzaro (Z2436) coast road to Crotone (Z7057).

1000 Brigade Commander and IO visited 78 Division TAC HQ at Barletta (J9104).

1700 MT column harboured for night Crotone (Z7057). Total mileage for day 69 miles.

2000 Brigade Commander and IO returned to 5 Corps HQ. Marching personnel arrived Taranto. Carriers arriving slowly from various ships.

1 RIrF.

1000 Taranto reached after smooth crossing and started to disembark immediately.

1400 Disembarkation completed and Bttn marched to Divisional concentration area 3 miles outside of the town. 2/Lieut RGE Glennie and 2/Lieut HL Hutchinson were both promoted Lieut.

6 Innisks – ITALY.

MT reached Cariati by night where halt was called.

Bttn reached Taranto. Disembarkation began 1000hrs and completed by 1515hrs.

Bttn left dock area for Divisional concentration area. Marching personnel concentrated by 1615hrs. MT reached a point 8 miles from Taranto after a hard journey over unfinished roads. M/Cs suffered on this road.

2 LIR.

(MT) Continued by road to Crotone Staging Area 6957 (Sheet 48)

1200 Battalion started disembarking at Taranto Inner Harbour by TLCs.

1400 Battalion marched from dock area on to main Taranto-Brindisi road and arrived in the Bde Area 4 miles North of Taranto.