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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 5 E Yorks
Month and Year: September 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt.Col. T.L.G. Charles
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
1   Holland Ref Map 1/100000 Sheet 5
1   Bn remaining same locations, 3 coy strength, conducting inter-coy reliefs every two days. Enemy in close contact but generally speaking not so aggressive as of last month. B.1, 2. C.1.
2-3   Active patrolling carried out by both Bn and enemy. Weather turning very wintery with some very wet days. Movement in fwd areas almost nil owing to the trees shedding their leaves. B.3, 4. C.2. B 5, 6. C.3. D.
4-6   Propaganda leaflet shoot by 124 Fd Regt on Bde front and 6 Nov broadcast by Pyschological Warfare Dept from Bn area. No deserters forthcoming. B.7, 8. C.4. E. B.9, 10, 11, 12. C.5, 6. F.
7   Bn relieved by 2 Devons after last light and moved to area NIJMEGEN 708607 for period of rest and training. B.13. C.7.
8-9   Bn remained in NIJMEGEN. Trg, adm and entertainment.
10-11   Bn moved 1500 hrs to take over posn in BEMMEL 7367 in Bde res. Relieving 3 Bn 508 RCT. B14, 15, 16.
12   Carrier pl less two secs moved to relieve pl of 7 Green Howards in area of factory 746659. B17, 18.
13   Evacuation of civilians from BEMMEL carried out. Those authorised to remain by the Burgomaster were issued passes. B19, 20.
14-15   Skeleton tpt only remains in BEMMEL area owing to high water conditions in the rivers WAAL and NEDER RIJN making it possible for the enemy to flood the “Island” by breaching the dyke towards the Eastern end. B.21, 22. G.
16   A Coy moved 2015 hrs to relieve a coy of 6 HLI in the area HEUVEL 740695 in contact with the enemy. B.25, 26.
17   Minefield laid in A Coy's area by 233 Fd Coy RE in order to reduce the personnel engaged in the defence of the Iocality. B.27, 28.
18-20   No active patrolling carried out owing to coy front being heavily mined. Conditions in area improved by duck-boards lean- to sheds and barrels. B.31, 32, 33, 34.
21   Advance party moved to area ROULERS H6670 prior to bn move. B.35, 36.
22-23   Conducting inter-coy change every 2 days in the area of HEUVEL. B.37, 38, 39, 40.
24-26   Enemy generally very quiet except for spasmodic harrassing fire in the area of BEMMEL church. B.41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46.
27   Bn relieved by 1 Dorset and moved to rest area RESSEN 7167. B.47, 48.
28   BELGIUM and NE FRANCE Ref Map 1/100000 Sheets 4, 8, 7
28   Bn made further move by night to ISEGHEM H8266 for the purpose of rest and re-org of 50 (N) Div.
29-30   Bn est at ISEGHEM with personnel in civilian billets.

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

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