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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 7th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders
Month and Year: June 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt. Col. E.H.G. Grant, M.C.
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
HOVE 1 1800 O Gp personnel at Bn HQ Conference
HOVE 2   Pipes and Drums played RETREAT.
HOVE 3   Routine.
HOVE 4   Routine and I.O. at Bde Conference.
HOVE 5   Routine Normal.
HOVE 6   C.O. held Coy Comds Conference.
HOVE 7   Bde River Crossing Ex. Bde Pipes and Drums played RETREAT.
HOVE 8   Routine Normal.
HOVE 9   Corps Commander at Bn HQ. Div Comd at Bn HQ. Bde Comd at Bn HQ.
HOVE 10   Routine Normal.
HOVE 11 1140 Vehicle Party left for Marshalling Area. Bde Church Parade.
12 1000 Vehicle Party arrived Marshalling Area.
HOVE 12   Marching Party left for Marshalling Area. Marching Party arrived at Marshalling Area 1300 hrs at FAIMAR.
13   Vehicle Party at 30 minutes notice to move to London.
FAIMAR 14   Marching Party of Bn in Marshalling Area.
15   Vehicle Party left London for embarkation area. Marching Party at Marshalling Area.
SHOEBURYNESS 16 1800 Veh Party sailed for France 1400 hrs. C.O. held conference on ship. Marching Troops sailed from Newhaven at 2330 hrs.
FRANCE 17   Marching Party of Bn disembarked and marched to Concentration Area at St Gabriele.
St. GABRIELE 18   Marching Troops of Bn in Concentration Area.
St. GABRIELE 19   Marching Troops of Bn in Concentration Area.
St. GABRIELE 20   Marching Troops of Bn in Concentration Area.
St. GABRIELE 21   Marching Troops of Bn in Concentration Area.
St. GABRIELE 22 0225 Marching Troops of Bn in Concentration Area. C.O. left ship for Conc. Area.
St. GABRIELE 23 1100 C.O. arrived at Bn HQ. Veh Party commenced disembarkation.
St. GABRIELE 24   Vehicle Party arrived at Bn Area.
St. GABRIELE 25 2230 C.O. held O Gp on Operation Gaunt.
25 0730 Bn left Concentration Area for night march up to front line.
26   Bn went into action near Secqueville en Bessin and advanced during day to Cheux. Main objective not reached. See Appdx 'A'
26   Casualties: Killed 1 Offr, 6 ORs. Wounded: 3 Offr, 40 ORs.
CHEUX 27 1900 'D' Coy attacked main objective successfully. See Appdx 'B'
27   Bn relieved and moved to rear of Cheux to reorganise. At 2300 hrs Bn received orders to advance at 0500 hrs on 28-6-44.
27 0500 Casualties: Killed 2 O.Rs. Wounded: 14 O.Rs.
CHEUX 28   Bn moved up into action. 1100 hrs 'A' Coy gained their objective. See Appdx 'C'
28 1230 Casualties: Killed: 2 Offrs, 10 ORs. Wounded: 1 Offrs, 61 ORs. Missing: 2 ORs.
29   Enemy attacked strength approx 1 Coy supported by 4 Mark IV Tanks. Three of the tanks were knocked out of action with P.I.A.T. fire and the fourth was destroyed by 6 Pdr A/Tk Gun. Enemy Infantry were driven off successfully. C.O. and 2 i/c wounded. Major C. Blair, M.C. took over Command. See Appdx 'D'
29   Casualties: Wounded: 4 Offrs, 10 ORs. Missing: 2 Offrs, 4 ORs.
30   Enemy section seen but did not attack also 1 enemy tank seen about 700 yards distant. The type of tank could not be identified. Enemy Inf strength approx. 2 sections attacked Bn position but were driven off and casualties inflicted. See Appdx 'E'
30   Casualties: Killed: 9 ORs. Wounded: 14 ORs. Missing: 14 ORs.

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Source: The War Diaries of the 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division June 1944 - May 1945.

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.