Irish Brigade

The story of the 38th (Irish) Brigade in the Second World War

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1 RIrF – September 1944

1st September – SIDI BISHR.

Continue training


2nd September – SIDI BISHR.

Officers and Sergeants’ Mess parties.


3rd September – SIDI BISHR.

Brigade Church Parade. Divisional Dance Band in Camp Area.


4th September – SIDI BISHR.

Lecture by Captain B Kentish on PRI.


5th September – SIDI BISHR.

Sgt KB Hanssen rejoined unit.


6th September – SIDI BISHR.

Captain BDH Clark to hospital. Bttn rifle shoot.


7th September – SIDI BISHR.

Lieut KB Payne rejoined unit from ITD.


8th September – SIDI BISHR.

Struck canvas preparatory to move.


9th September – SIDI BISHR.

Bttn by lorry to dock embark Durban Castle at 1200.


10th September – ALEXANDRIA.

Inspection by ship and shore authorities.


11th September – AT SEA.

Sailed at 0630.


12th/13th September – AT SEA.

Study navigation by stars. Inter unit tug of war won by RIrF.


14th September – AT SEA.

Boxing show. Orders for disembarkation.


15th September – TARANTO.

Bttn disembark 1500 hrs. By TCV to Divisional concentration.


16th September – TARANTO.

Reinforcements from Salerno. Captain Titterton and Lieut Robinson joined unit.


17th September – TARANTO.

Recce training areas. Prepare for schools.


18th September – TARANTO.

A/Tk platoon off for shoot. Lecture on R/T procedure.

Major Morris joined unit.


19th September – TARANTO.

Record promotion list of NCOs. Talk of CO on night problems in the line. Wireless exercise.


20th September – TARANTO.

Start I school. CO lecture on patrols. Carriers left for Bari.


21st September – TARANTO.

Major J Clarke MC, lecture and demonstration of patrols.


22nd September – TARANTO.

CO lecture – Battle Procedure. Captain Richards joined unit. Brigade play Retreat in LIR lines.


23rd September – TARANTO.

R Coy moved off. CO and IO move in advance. Move Order No 9 issued.


24th September – TARANTO.

Pack in preparation for move.


25th September – SAN SEVERO.

Possible SP at 0500 hrs. San Severo at 1700 hrs.


26th September – GUILLIANOVA

Stage at Gullianova 1720 hrs.


27th September – FANO.

Arrive at Fano area 1250 hrs.


28th September – FANO.

CO talked to bttn putting them in the picture.


29th September – FANO.

Brigade O Group.


30th September – FANO.

Farewell party for Major Holmes.

Mines encountered in training areas.