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WAR DIARY
or
INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY
Army Form C.2118
Unit: 4th Tk Bn Grenadier Guards
Month and Year: June 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt.Col. H.R.H. Davies
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
OTTERDEN 1 1500 No 2 Sqn carried out training in the STONE STREET area to-day and there was a Battalion netting practise in the morning. Otherwise Sqns were at the disposal of Sqn Leaders for normal training and maintenance.
2 1730 All Majors, Captains and available subaltern officers attended a lecture at Bde HQ. Sqns were otherwise at the disposal of Sqn Leaders, there was a court of inquiry.
3 1500 Drill parade to-day, and the Commanding Officer held a conference this afternoon. There was a lecture by the Medical Officer on “diseases abroad”. Normal Sqn training continued.
4 1700 HQ and No 2 and 3 Sqns carried out firing all Bren guns at LOWER HALSTOWE Range to-day. Also a Battalion netting practise.
5 1500 Sqns at the disposal of Sqn Leaders to-day for normal training and maintenance.
6 1900 Wireless silence. Sqns at the disposal of Sqn Leaders as normally to-day, the first day of the invasion of the continent.
7 1500 Drill parade to-day. Normal Sqn training and maintenance.
8 1500 The Commanding Officer held a conference to-day, normal training continued.
9 1500 Usual training and maintenance. The[re] was a Court of Inquiry to inquire into damage to a Churchill tank No 172971 of No 3 Sqn, which sustained damage to one […] while on troop training.
10 1500 Sqns were at the disposal of Sqn Leaders for training.
11 1500 Bn paraded for church under the Adjutant. The service being held at EASTLING Church.
12 1500 Normal Sqn training and maintenance at the discretion of Sqn Leaders.
13 1500 Normal Squadron routine. The Bn began weighing its B vehicles to-day. A Field General Court Martial was held at SHORNCLIFFE to try No 2617664 Gdsm. Hill. Capt. Colville, Capt J.B. Currie, and Lieut. H.W. Wollaston attended.
14 1500 The Bn carried out loading trials to-day. The Bde Commander inspected vehicles in the afternoon. The Commander-in-Chief 21 Army Group has approved the award of his Certificate of good service to No 2612943 MQMS Oldfield J.
15 1500 Sqns were at the disposal of Sqn Leaders for training and maintenance to-day.
16 1500 Bn netting practise with de-tuned aerials this morning. Otherwise usual Sqn training continued. The Commanding Officer held a conference this afternoon.
17 1630 The Bn paraded for drill under the Adjutant to-day. There was a netting practise. Kit bags were sent home by train. Otherwise normal routine.
18 1500 Bn paraded for church at EASTLING and OTTERDEN place church. Recreational sports in the afternoon.
19 1500 Sqns at the disposal of Sqn Leaders for normal training and maintenance.
20 1500 Normal routine maintenance parades. Recreational sports & swimming.
21 1500 Normal Sqn training. Mobile gas chamber arrived. 1st half of the Bn has been through to-day, remainder tomorrow.
22 1630 Remainder of Bn been through gas chamber, otherwise Sqns at the disposal of Sqn Leaders for training and maintenance.
23 1500 Normal Sqn training. The Commanding Offier held a conference this afternoon. Leave not to exceed 25 miles from Battalion HQ. Reconnaissances of new area.
24 1500 Drill pde. The Commanding Officer inspected the billets. Sqns at the disposal of Sqn Leaders.
25 1500 Sunday. Sqns paraded for church at EASTLING Church. Recreational sports in the afternoon.
26 1500 Sqns at Sqn Leaders disposal for normal training and maintenance, some time being devoted to practise loading both the vehicles themselves inside, and actually loading the vehicles on “dummy” landing craft.
27 1500 HQ Sqn fired at CONYER ranges to-day. Other Sqns normal training. The Bn audit board assembled to-day. President Major C.M.F. Deakin.
28 1500 Sqns at the disposal of Sqn Leaders. Major C.O.M. Farrell 3rd Bn Scots Guards, lectured to all officers on his experiences with units and formations of the Second Army in NORMANDY. Personnel can now travel only 10 miles from Bn HQ. when proceeding on leave.
29 1500 Sqns at disposal of Sqn Leaders for interior economy.
30 1500 Sqns at disposal of Sqn Leaders, for normal training and maintenance parades.

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

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