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Army Form C.2118
Unit: HQ 32 Gde Bde
Month and Year: September 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer:
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
FROISSY 1 0500 Left at first light to cross R SOMME.
1 2100 Harboured just short of ARRAS, which was occupied by 1 WG.
ARRAS 2 1400 Moved round ARRAS to harbour area in orchard just West of DOUAI.
DOUAI 2 1730 Bde Comd attended Orders Gp at Div HQ.
2 2000 Orders Gp at Bde HQ, where details for forthcoming advance on BRUSSELS were given out. Coldm Gds Gp was transferred to 5 Bde while I.G. Gp came under comd 32 Bde.
3 0630 Left for BRUSSELS, with WG Gp leading. 32 Bde on right CL while 5 Bde was on left CL.
BRUSSELS 3 2030 After three small-scale battles on the way, WG Gp entered BRUSSELS, winning race with 5 Bde by 40 mins.
3 2230 Bde HQ harboured with WG Gp on BOULEVARD DE WATERLOO, I.G. Gp having been directed round South of City to block approaches from FORET DE SOIGNES.
4 1300 Bde Order Gp in sumptuous apartment in BOULEVARD DE WATERLOO.
4 1430 Bde HQ to PARC DE WOLUWE.
4 2000 -2130 Shelled by 88 mm guns using AP shot from WOLUWE airfield, but no damage or casualties.
5 2100 Bde Comd, BM and IO attended Conference at Div HQ when ACV 1 and ACV 3 were burnt through talc accidentally catching fire.
5 2300 Bde Orders Gp.
6 1000 Left for CANAL ALBERT, passing through LOUVAIN and DIEST.
BEERINGEN 7 0400 Bridge over CANAL successfully built, but first vehs across were severely counter-attacked and rd approaching it heavily shelled. Bde HQ which was preparing to cross , moved to 201737.
7 1000 Joined by HQ 2 HCR.
7 1700 HRH Prince Jean of Luxembourg left to make official entry into LUXEMBOURG with the Prince Consort.
HEUSDEN 8 1900 Bde HQ moved across canal and harboured at 304746.
9 2100 Bde Orders Gp.
HECHTEL Area 10 0930 Bde HQ moved to 324800. HQ 2 HCR returned to Div HQ.
10 2130 Br over ESCAUT-MEUSE canal captured by I.G. Gp.
11 0930 Bde HQ moved to 314833.
12 1330 HECHTEL captured by WG Gp with 575 P/W and 150 dead counted.
OVERPELT 12 1400 Bde HQ moved to 350942.
12 2100 Bde Orders Gp. Own armour drawn South of CANAL and 15/19 came under comd in local counter-attack role.
14   Unsuccessful counter-attack on bridgehead. Much shelling of br and main rd near Bde HQ but none within 200 yds.
14 1700 Bde Comd attends Conference at Div HQ.
15 0900 -1200 Bridgehead taken over by 231 Bde. 15/19 H leave us.
HOEVEN 15 1200 Bde HQ moves to 3893.
15 1800 Conference at Bde HQ. Operation “Garden” explained.
BOURG LEOPOLD 16 1030 Bde Comd and Bde Major attend lecture by Corps Comd.
HOEVEN 16 1500 Bde Comd attends Orders Gp at Div HQ.
16 1800 Bde Orders Gp. Coldm Gds Gp come to 32 Bde, I.G. Gp go to 5 Bde.
17   I.G. Gp in lead of 5 Bde have hard battle to break out.
18 0700 Bde HQ leaves.
VALKENSWAARD 18 2100 Bde HQ harbours on Sports Ground. WG Gp have been badly held up on L CL so decided to follow 5 Bde on main axis.
19 0930 Left VALKENSWAARD.
NEDERASSELT 19 2200 Harboured at 660572 after uneventful journey except for some shelling of ST OEDENRODE as we passed through. Coldm Gp under comd 82 U.S. Div. WG Gp to defend GRAVE br.
20   Dets of 1 Armd Coldm Gds and 21 A Tk Regt are first tps to enter GERMANY in WYLER area. Bde HQ attacked by six FW 190. Camp Comdt’s servant wounded and his truck riddled. Capture of NIJMEGEN br by Gren Gds Gp.
NIJMEGEN 21   Bde HQ moved to 692592. Lieut B.S.M. Kent arrived as LO. WG Gp transferred to 5 Bde in place of Gren Gp who come to us. Decided to send 43 Div across R WAAL.
GRAVE 22 1600 News comes of cutting of CL between UDEN and VEGHEL. Gren Gp ordered forthwith to UDEN. Remainder of Bde conc South of GRAVE with HQ at 581495.
UDEN 23 0800 Coldm Gp move SE of UDEN.
23 1400 Bde HQ moves to 539439. Ordered to co-operate closely with 101 U.S. Div and 44 R.T.R. Gren Gp to clear DL and Coldm Gp to clear VEGHEL. These ops complete by dark.
24   231 Bde takes over VEGHEL, BOEKEL, and ERP, but meanwhile CL is again cut, this time between VEGHEL and ST OEDENRODE and from the West.
25   Gdsm Wade accidentally wounded by Bren gun discharged by L.A.D. man.
GRAVE 26 1430 Bde HQ moves to 583507.
26   Coldm Gp take over OSS, Gren Gp move to NISTELRODE and attack HEESCH, which they capture with 170 P/W.
27   Whole Gren Gp move into HEESCH area after beating off night counter-attack.
29   Lieut P.D. Bowen-Davies rejoins as IO.
NIJMEGEN 30 1600 Placed under comd 82 U.S. Div in counter-attack role, with Coldm Gp South of NIJMEGEN and Gren Gp area GRAVE. Bde HQ moved back to 692592.

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

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