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|Army Form C.2118|
|Unit: 4th Bn Somerset LI|
|Month and Year: September 1944||(Erase heading not required).||Commanding Officer: Lt.Col. C.G. Lipscombe|
|LE MESNIL MILON (France)||1-14||Re-organisation and training.|
|14||1115||Leading veh crossed Bn SP. Bn lifted on TCVs, covered 176 miles and reached CANTEAU (Belgium) at approx 0330 hrs on 15 Sep.|
|15||1115||Bn lifted as previous day covered another 80 miles approx to LINKHOUT (Belgium) amidst cheers and the gifts of grapes, apples, pears, tomatoes etc of the populace.|
|18||1630||Left LINKHOUT, marching personnel in DUKWs.|
|18||1900||Arrived 368790 – DE GROOK HEILE on a bare “blasted heath”.||43 Div Grouping Op Garden. 4 Som LI Gping & Mov Order. 129 Bde Mov. Order No.2.|
|21||1012||Crossed into Holland.|
|22||0400||Arrived at 617562 near GRAVE.|
|22||0800||Left location. During course of last night a DUKW carrying personnel of C Coy overturned killing 7 and injured others.|
|22||1200||Arrived at NIJMEGEN spent night in large school.|
|23||1200||Left NIJMEGEN and crossed R.Waal.|
|23||1400||'O' Gp called at 695655.|
|24||Bn moved and arrived at 694685, where the night was spent. 7 PWs passed back to Bde. One SS man dressed in civilians was dealt with by local Dutch.|
|26||Moved to ELST (691709) by march route. 1 PW passed back to Bde.||43 Div Op Instr No.2.|
|27||3 PWs (Flak Regt). One Sgt speaks good English and gave useful infm.|
|28||Static. During night 28/29 br at NIJMEGEN put out of action by desperadoes (thought to be 2 man submarine).|
|29||Bn static. NIJMEGEN br out of use. Rations etc brought over in DUKWs.|
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Source: Jeroen Koppes, TracesOfWar.com.
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.