War Diaries – 30th September 1943

Brigade HQ – ITALY.

Marching personnel arrived in Brigade concentration area by rail.

Extract from 78 Division draft: Admin Order No 7 dated 29 Sept 43 issued.

1 RIrF.

1700 Main party arrives Barletta after an uncomfortable train journey lasting 26 hours.

6 Innisks – ITALY.

Uncomfortable night spent on train. Breakfast at 0700hrs – monotonous journey. Detrained at Barletta at 1500hrs, orders for Trani having been cancelled. Hot tea served to Bttn, who then marched to Andria, where camp was sited. Water facilities were very bad.

Coy commanders’ conference at 1730hrs.

CO attends conference at Brigade.

2 LIR.

1730 Marching Personnel arrive at Barletta Station and march to new area arriving at 1845.

During the month until embarkation to Italy the Battalion trained under Company arrangements.