Sicily – 10th August 1943

(NA 5824): Sherman tanks of the 44th R.T.R. advance through Acireale. Copyright: © IWM.

Brigade HQ.

Brigade prepare to move from 1500hrs. Order of march as at Appendix.

1620  Move for night 10/11 cancelled.

1 RIrF.

CO called to 36 Brigade HQ for recce and conference for forthcoming operation. 38 Brigade to take Mt Albetto.

6 Innisks – ADRANO.

1400 R Group to 36 Brigade HQ (726084). Plan formed in which Innisks were to do right flanking on Maletto (later cancelled).

1430 Bttn marched across River Simeto to 705954, essential transport only.

2 LIR.

1400 Battalion warned to move and concentrate across River Simeto.

1430  Commanding Officer and Intelligence Officer report to 36 Brigade HQ for orders. Probable night attack on Maletto, advancing forward of 11 and 36 Brigades.

1600 Battalion HQ and S Company move across river.

Battalion HQ established 706960. E Company 707959. “B” Echelon remain present location.

Died on this Day:

Rifleman David McClatchey, London Irish Rifles.

(NA 5740): British troops try to get a bearing from a battered signpost in Adrano. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 5909): 25-pounder guns in action against the enemy near Zafferana. The rocky district around Mt. Etna with its walled in roads, left no alternative position but this narrow lane for this battery of guns : 91 Field Regiment, R.A. Copyright: © IWM.