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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 8th Bn. The Rifle Brigade
Month and Year: June 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt. Col. E.D. Treneer-Michell
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
ALDERSHOT 6   Bn sports held at the Command Sports Ground all day. 'H' Coy won. The Band of the R.M.S.M. was in attendance in the afternoon by kind persmission of Lt.Col. A.T. Bignold-de-Cologen, R.B.
ALDERSHOT 7   All officers briefed by G.O.C. at 1030 hrs. Final packing up of vehs. Int. Summary No.1 issued. See Appx. 'A'
ALDERSHOT 8 0530 Bn (less residues and LOB) moves by rd to marshalling area PURFLEET near TILBURY.
PURFLEET 8 1100 Arrive, vehs marshalled, and men move into tented camp.
PURFLEET 9 0530 Vehs move to TILBURY Docks and start loading. Remainder of Bn. still in marshalling area.
PURFLEET 10 0930 Rest of Bn. driven to TILBURY in T.C.V.'s.
TILBURY 10 1200 All embarked. Bn. H.Q. and half Bn. in M.T.107 (Major McCrea i/c Ship). Rest of Bn. in M.T.88.
10 1530 Set off. SOUTHEND 1730 hrs. Joined rest of convoy and drop anchor for night.
SOUTHEND 12 0600 Convoy moves off. Uneventful voyage, fine weather; together with unlimited quantities of food, send morale up very high.
COURSEULLES 13 0700 Halted off shore.
13 1200 Started unloading into L.C.T.'s.
13 1505 First Rfn. stopped ashore.
CULLY 13 2330 Bn. H.Q. arrived in Bn. conc area CULLY 912765.
CULLY 14   Stragglers coming in, all day de-waterproofing.
CULLY 15/25   Bn. remains in conc area, less 'G' and 'H' Coys who move out to join Armd Regts in their conc areas. Once everyone is organised and ready for battle the time is spent in goint to sec enemy eqpt., paying visits to other units (a useful way of learning to read French maps) and in organised exercise and rest. Int.Summary Nos. 2-7 issued. Appxes 'B' 'G'
CULLY 25 1030 Orders given out for Op EPSOM. See Appx 'H'
CULLY 26 0730 'F' Coy left harbour under comd 2 FF Yeo.
26 1030 leading Armd Regt. 'H' left harbour
26 1200 under comd 23 H on the left. 'G' Coy left harbour under comd 3 RTR in reserve.
26 1315 Bn. less 3 Coys and 3 A/Tk pls with 119 Bty 75 A/Tk.Regt.R.A. under comd, left harbour behind Bde H.Q. During the day the Bn. was hardly engaged at all, and just continued the adv., Armd Regts moved slowly fwd behind 15(S) Div.
CHEUX 26 2020 8 Pl 'F' Coy puts in a successful attack to disengage leading sqn. 2 FF Yeo who were caught in close country at 904665.
26   Night The Bde harboured for the night (Units leaguering separately) in area NORTH of CHEUX 9167. Bn Cas. during day: Killed: 9, Wounded; 4, Vehs: 1 Scout Car.
CHEUX 27 0500 Bn. with 119 A/Tk Bty takes up posn. on right flank of Bde in sq. 9067.
27 0800 Bn. posn. attacked by 10 Panthers from area 892665. 119 Bty destroyed 5 and the remainder withdrew. Otherwise Bn.H.Q. Gp. had a quiet day, except that in our area were found some enemy hiding dug-outs. These were mopped up, and 6 PW were taken of Pi.Bn. 12 S.S.Pz.Div.
27 1200 'G' Coy took, and held, LA BYUDE 9366 as flank guard to 3 RTR, and took 2 PW of 26 S.S. P.G.R.
27 1400 6 Pl 'F' Coy sent patrol into wood 908657 which was holding up 2 FF Yeo. Enemy withdrew.
BARON 27 1800 'H' Coy with 23 H crossed the R.ODON and moved on to the high ground in sq. 9463. 'H' Coy set about the task of clearing BARON 9463 and TOURMAUVILLE 9363.
CHEUX 27   Night Bde. leaguers for the night in area sq. 9166, except 'H' Coy and 23 H who remain SOUTH of R.ODON. Bn. Cas. during day Killed: 4, Wounded: 13, Vehs: 1 half-track.
BARON 28 1000 'H' Coy with 23 H moves to left flank covering br.head 930630. 23 H takes up posn in area CALVARY 958619 known by codeword 'COUNTESS' (See Appx J attached). and 'H' Coy moves fwd: into wood 962617. There they dug in, but were hy shelled and suffered approx. 20 cas.
28 1100 'G' Coy with 3 RTR cross ODON and take up posn in centre. 'G' Coy patrols in area WEST of TOURMAUVILLE run into stiff opposition. Major M. McCrea and Lieut. M. Lane were both wounded, the latter has since died of wounds, 2 6-pdrs lost with approx. 20 cas. Lieut. K.N.O. Chabot takes comd of the Coy.
28 1230 'F' Coy with 2 FF Yeo cross ODON and take up posn on right flank on high ground SOUTH WEST of TOURMAUVILLE, 8 Pl clearing wood in area LES VILAINS 928624 takes 15 PW, identifications 141 Flak Regt and 12 S.S. Arty Regt.
28 1330 Bn.H.Q. Gp. arrives SOUTH of ODON and reinforces Bde right flank guard in area LES VILAINS.
28 1400 3 RTR and 23 H change role, 'H' Coy moves back to TOURMAUVILLE to reorganise while 'G' Coy goes fwd to COUNTESS posn, but stays in the field instead of pushing out to the wood.
28 1930 Orders received for Motor Coys to revert to comd and the Bn. to put in a night attack on the wood 962617. C.O. and Coy Comds go uphill on recce and Bn. is ordered to conc 954635.
COUNTESS 28 2145 Just as 'G' Coy is coming back to conc with the rest of the Bn. an enemy force incl. Tigers appears over the hill from the SOUTH, causing some confusion. 'G' Coy suffers some cas. in moving to assembly area incl. Lieut-Oxley-Boyle wounded, and the Tigers came up on top of the ridge and shelled the Bn. conc area at 954635.
28 2245 The Bn. attack is called off and Coys rejoin Arm Regts to leaguer for the night. Cas. Killed: 9, Wounded: 35, Missing: 1, Vehs: 2 Carriers, 5 Loyds, 1 15-cwt truck. 6 pdrs: 3.
COUNTESS 29 0200 Lieut. Stileman leads a recce patrol up to the wood 962617, sounds of digging are heard in it.
29 0630 'H' Coy under-comd 23 H are sent fwd into the field 958621.
29 0800 'H' and 'G' Coys revert to Bn. comd. 'H' Coy pushes on again to the wood with 2 pls of 'G' Coy while the rest of 'G' Coy takes over the field and Bn.H.Q. Gp. (less 119 Bty) moves up to area 958624. This posn was held all day without charge, being all the time under observed fire from 88mm's in the area CARPIQUET 9767, as well as mortars from the EAST, SOUTH and WEST. Major K.O. Mackenzie, Lieuts. B.T. Neill, M.R. Ireland Blackburne and G.B.S. Osborne were wounded and evacuated.
29 1630 'F' Coy reverts to comd and takes up posn in area 959623.
29 2115 Enemy patrols seen moving towards our posn from WEST and SOUTH.
29 2200 Bde warns us that we may be ordered to withdraw during the night to NORTH of R.ODON. From then on shelling continues spasmodically. The expected attack on our posn is not launched, though enemy patrols remain active.
29   Bn.cas. Killed: 6, Wounded: 71. Vehs: 7 Loyds, 5 Carriers, 1 Scout Car, 4 6-pdrs.
COUNTESS 30 0100 Bn. receives order to withdraw covered by 3 RTR.
30 0115 Withdrawal commences in order 'H', 'F', 'G' Coys. Bn. R.V. at 954635.
30 0115 - 0230 Bn. moves into R.V.
30 0300 Message received from Bde that it is vital that Bn moves off at once.
30 0310 Bn. moves off and crosses R.ODON by Br. at TOURMAUVILLE. Withdrawal completed without further action or enemy interference.
NOREY-EN-BESSAN 30 0630 Bn. arrives in Bn. conc area and leaguers at 912705. Rest of day spent in reorganisation.

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Source: Jeroen Koppes,

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