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|Army Form C.2118|
|Unit: 4th Tk Bn Grenadier Guards|
|Month and Year: March 1944||(Erase heading not required).||Commanding Officer: Lt.Col. H.R.H. Davies|
|WELBECK||1||1500||Normal Sqn training – there was a gunnery trade test at ECKINGTON. All ranks wore respirators for half an hour. A Field General Court Martial assembled to-day to try two Gdsn.|
|2||1500||Drill parade under the Adjutant, otherwise normal Sqn training. The Commanding Officer held a conference.|
|WARCOP||3||1530||The Bn moved to WARCOP to-day to carry out firing on the ranges.|
|4||1630||The Bn carried out firing on the ranges to-day.|
|5||1630||The Bn carried out firing on the ranges again to-day.|
|WELBECK||6||1700||The Bn moved back to WELBECK to-day, by train, an advance party returning with the Bn M.T.|
|7||1500||Sqns at the disposal of Sqn Leaders.|
|8||1500||Drill parade. A Bn wireless course began to-day. Sqns at the disposal of their Sqn Leaders. Training films were shown to the Bn in the afternoon. Intensive wireless activity. First Parade 0830 from to-day.|
|9||1530||Bn netting practise. Normal Sqn training and maintenance parades.|
|10||1500||No 1 Sqn carried out firing at TOTLEY ranges to-day. Other Sqns normal training and maintenance. Duties now mount at 1900 hrs daily.|
|11||1500||The Commanding Officer inspected all ‘B‘ vehicles of Nos 2 and 3 Sqns. Sqns otherwise at the disposal of Sqn Leaders. Intensive W/T stops to-day.|
|12||1500||Sunday. Bn paraded for church at CUCKNEY.|
|13||1500||Normal training and maintenance. Wireless silence.|
|14||1500||HQ Sqn fired on PLAIN PIECE ranges. Major J.C. Gascoigne and Major R.H. Heywood-Lonsdale are promoted Temporary Majors and WS/Captains to date 4 Mar 44.|
|15||1530||Drill parade under the Adjutant. The Commanding Officer lectured to to all tk crews to-day. 2/Lieut. Hon. M.R.V. Eliot promoted Lieut. to date 11 Mar 44.|
|16||1500||All dismounted personnel paraded under the Adjutant for drill. Tanks took part in rehearsal for Bde Exercise.|
|18||1500||Sqns at the disposal of Sqn Leaders for training and maintenance.|
|19||1500||Sunday. Voluntary church services.|
|20||1600||Demonstration by composite Sqn under Major Gascoigne, to 8 Royal Scots. No. 3 Sqn fired on TOTLEY Ranges. A Class III wireless course began to-day.|
|21||1500||Sqns carried out Tk/Inf co-operation. No. 2 Sqn fired at TOTLEY. 2/Lieut. J.B. Sumner is promoted Lieut. to date 12 Mar 44.|
|22||1530||The Bn took part in Exercise “Portland”. Wireless trade test.|
|23||1500||The Bn took part in Exercise “Tatler”.|
|25||1730||Bn returned from Exercise “Tatler”.|
|26||1500||Sunday. Voluntary church services.|
|27||1500||Class II Gunnery trade test. Composite Sqn carried out training with the 2nd Gordons. Sqns otherwise at disposal of Sqn Leaders. Training films shown in the afternoon.|
|28||1500||Sqns carried out Tk/Inf cooperation with the 2nd Gordon Highlanders. W/S Lieut P.A. Walker is promoted Temporary Capt to date 16 Mar 44. W/Lieut N.J. Mavrogordato and W/Lieut J.B. Sumner posted to the Bn to date 13 March and 19 Feb respectively.|
|29||1500||Bn Inf/Tk cooperation exercise with 2nd Gordon Highlanders.|
|30||1700||HQ Sqn and No 2 Sqn carried out firing at MIDLOPE Ranges to-day.|
|31||1530||No 1 Sqn and No 3 Sqn fired at MIDLOPE. Remainder at Sqn Leaders disposal.|
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Source: Jeroen Koppes, TracesOfWar.com, transcribing: Hans Houterman.
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.