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WAR DIARY
or
INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY
Army Form C.2118
Unit: Inns of Court Regt, RAC
Month and Year: December 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt.Col. R.A.G. Bingley
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
Field 1   'B' Sqn in area METERIK E.810190
1   'C' Sqn in reserve
1   'A' & 'D' Sqns moved to HELMOND
2   'B' Sqn in area METERIK
2   'A', 'C' & 'D' Sqns in reserve
3   'B' Sqn moved to HELMOND
3   'A' 'C' & 'D' Sqns in reserve
4   'A' 'B' 'C' & 'D' Sqns in reserve
5   'A' 'B' 'C' & 'D' Sqns in reserve
6   'B' Sqn took over line in area SWOLGEN E.877228
6   'C' Sqn took over line in area area GUN E.875245 LEGERT E.886239
6   'A' & 'D' Sqns in reserve
7   'B' Sqn area SWOLGEN holding west bank of R. MAAS
7   'C' Sqn area GUN LEGERT holding west bank of R. MAAS
7   'A' & 'D' Sqns in reserve
8   'B' Sqn area SWOLGEN
8   'C' Sqn area GUN LEGERT
8   'A' & 'D' Sqns in reserve
9   'A' Sqn area SWOLGEN
9   'D' Sqn area GUN LEGERT
9   'B' & 'C' Sqns in reserve
10   'A' Sqn area SWOLGEN
10   'D' Sqn area GUN LEGERT
10   'B' & 'C' Sqns in reserve
11   'A' Sqn area SWOLGEN
11   'D' Sqn area GUN LEGERT
11   'B' & 'C' Sqns in reserve
12   'A' Sqn area SWOLGEN
12   'D' Sqn area GUN LEGERT
12   'B' & 'C' Sqns in reserve
13   'B' Sqn area SWOLGEN
13   'C' Sqn area GUN
13   'A' & 'D' Sqns in reserve
14   'B' Sqn area SWOLGEN
14   'C' Sqn area GUN
14   'A' & 'D' Sqns in reserve
15   'B' Sqn area SWOLGEN
15   'C' Sqn releieved by 1 R. Norfolks and moved to HELMOND
16   'B' Sqn relieved by 1 R. Norfolks and returned to HELMOND
16   'A' 'C' & 'D' Sqn representatives recced posns north of MAESYCK 6379
17   'A' Sqn took over line in area OPHOVEN 6482 GEISTINGEN 6583
17   'D'Sqn took over line in area ALDENEIJK 649799
17   'B' Sqn in reserve
17   'C' Sqn carried out security patrols in area MAESYCK KINROY. Had guard on MAESYCK BRIDGE.
18   'A' Sqn area OPHOVEN GEISTINGEN holding west bank of R. MAAS.
18   'D' Sqn area ALDEN EIJK holding west bank of R. MAAS
18   'C' Sqn area MAESYCK KINROY.
18   'B' Sqn in reserve.
19   'A' Sqn area OPHOVEN GEISTINGEN
19   'D' Sqn area ALDEN EIJK
19   'C' Sqn area MAESYCK KINROY
19   'B' Sqn in reserve
20   As above
21   As above
22   As above
23   'B' Sqn area OPHOVEN GEISTINGEN
23   'C' Sqn area ALDEN EIJK
23   'D' Sqn area MAESYCK KINROY
23   'A' Sqn in reserve
24   As above
25   As above
26   As above
27   As above
28   As above
29   'A' Sqn area OPHOVEN GEISTINGEN
29   'D' Sqn area ALDEN EIJK
29   'B' Sqn area KINROY MAESYCK
29   'C' Sqn in reserve
30   As above
31   Regiment relieved by 44 RTR, taken out of line and sent to HELMOND for rest.
31   Early in the month the Regiment took over a new area of the west bank of the R. MAAS which it held with two squadrons, the other two being in reserve in HELMOND. OPs and defensive positions were maintained during the day and stronger defensive measures were taken at night. 4 & 5 Dutch Patriot Coys were under command and Liaison officers from the Regiment were detached to platoon HQs (Operational Order at Appx 'A'). One troop posn was attacked by an enemy paratroop patrol on the night of the 14th but the attack was beaten off, casualties being inflicted on the enemy but none were incurred on our side. Apart from the usual shelling and considerable minor movements by the enemy there was nothing to report. All the enemy activity at this period was of a purely domestic nature i.e. washing plates in the R. MAAS, carrying bedding from one billet to another and courting the village belle who wore a white pinafore and was the possessor of considerable attractions for the Luftwaffe. On the 16th the Regiment was relieved by the 1 R. Norfolks. On the 17th the Regiment came under command of the 4th Armd Bde and took over a stretch of the R. MAAS from MAESYCK GEISTINGEN from the 43rd Recce Regt. Our task consisted of holding the line of the R. MAAS from GEISTINGEN MAESYCK with two sqns with a battery of A/Tk gunners from 6 A/Tk Regt under command of the northern squadron. One squadron carried out security patrols in the area MAESEYCK KINROY STAMPRIOJ. The fourth squadron was in reserve.
31   Very little of note occurred and the whole period was remarkably quiet and shell-free.
31   No casualties were suffered during the month.
31   REINFORCEMENTS
31   The following officers joined the Regiment during the month:-
31   2/Lieut. D.S. Sorrell
31   2/Lieut. P.E. Johnson
31   AWARDS
31   Lieut. F.J. Thomas. Military Cross.

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Source: Jeroen Koppes, TracesOfWar.com, transcribing: Hans Houterman.

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