On a journey of discovery to historical sites? Download the TracesOfWar app directly on Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Instructions regarding War Diaries and Intelligence Summaries are contained in F.S. Regs., Vol. 1. and the Staff Manual respectively Title pages will be prepared in manuscript.

Army Form C.2118
Unit: 2nd Fife & Forfar Yeo., R.A.C.
Month and Year: November 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt.Col. A.B.J. Scott, M.C.
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
YSSELSTEYN 1-18   RHQ. with 2 Sqns. remained at YSSELSTEYN 7723, whilst 1 Sqn. was in support of a Bn of 159 Bde at VEULEN. This Sqn. being changed every 3 - 4 days. One Sqn. from YSSELSTEYN went out daily to patrol South of the raod from the barracks area 718200 - VEULEN and engaged any enemy movement seen in the HELENA HOEVE - ERIKA areas. Movement by tanks was extremely difficult owing to the boggy nature of the ground, many of the dykes were impassable except at crossing places on the tracks. There was considerable patrol activity by the Inf on both sides by night. VEULEN was under continual mortar and shell fire, and YSSELSTEYN received occasional 'stonks'.The following casualties occured during this period:- Lieut. G.R. Rix wounded and 6 O.R's wounded.We also had 1 tank casualty during this period.
DEURNE 19   The Regt moved to DEURNE 6520 in preparation for operation 'NUTCRACKER' which was the capture of AMERIKA and HORST. One Sqn. was to support 1 Hereford moving from HELNAWEEN to AMERIKA, whilst the remainder of the Regt. moved behind 15/19th H. and K.S.L.I. to GREENSVELD - AMERIKA and were then to continue the advance to HORST. Owing to the continuous rain that fell during the month it was quite impossible to go off the roads and these were already so bad, that the operation was finally carried out without tank support.
" 24   The Regt. came back under command 29 Armd Bde after a long time with 159 Inf Bde. Training was started on CROMWELL tanks and TEWTs were also done on the actions which had taken place in the VEULEN - ASTEN - BAKEL and HECHTEREN areas.During the month the following Officers joined the Regt: -Lieut. A. leah "C" Sqn., Lieut. S. Horsley "B" Sqn., Lieut. A. Gilchrist "B" Sqn., Lieut. P.J. McNamara "A" Sqn., Lieut. T.L. Scully "B" Sqn., Capt. L.B. Chapman "C" Sqn., Lieut. M.J. Payne "C" Sqn., Lieut. H.G. Wilkes "A" Sqn., Capt (QM) W.S. James DCM. "HQ" Sqn. and Lieut. H. Walker "C" Sqn.Lieut. P.R. Noakes also rejoined the Regt. during the month of Nov.The following Officer legt the Regt. during the month: -Lieut. J.C. Henderson - admitted hospital. " B.S. Phipps - posted.The following awards have been approved by the King to personnel of this unit.
24   Major J.D. Hutchison - M.C. (Imm).
Capt. W.S. Bromlie - M.C. (Imm).

7905503 Sgt. Baylis, R. - M.M. (Imm).
7891940 Sgt. Wann, R. - M.M. (Imm).
7892111 Sgt. Scott, W.M. - D.C.M. (Imm).
7894482 Cpl. Byrne, J.H. - M.M. (Imm).
7920727 Cpl. Creighton, F.G. - M.M. (Imm).
7912413 Sgt. Beecroft, K. - M.M. (Imm).
24   B.L.A. 12th Dec. 44ABJS/WF. Lieut. Colonel,Comdg. 2nd Fife & Forfar Yeomanry, R.A.C.

previous month | next month

Source: 11th Armoured Division.

Disclaimer: This War Diary is based on its original, but typos might be corrected. Locations are calculated, so might not be in the correct place. For historical research, always check the originals.