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Army Form C.2118
Unit: H.Q.R.A., 11 Armd Division
Month and Year: December 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Brigadier B.J. Fowler, DSO, MC
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
KASTENRAAI 813224 1   11 Armd Div holding line of R. MAAS from incl GRUBBENVORST 8914 to excl BLITTERSWIJK 8727.
1   Arty policy ordered by 8 Corps to be silent - later laid down in writing. See Appendix 'C' folio 4
1   Amn expenditure restricted under 8 Corps letter 8C/408/G(0) dated 29 Nov 44 to 10 r.p.g. 25-pr per day.
1   151 (AY) Fd Regt R.A. are responsible for manning OPs along whole Div front, and for engaging opportunity tgts with one bty from alternative posns fwd of battle posns.
1   'A' Flt 659 AOP fly sortie morning and afternoon along whole river front with primary object of spotting enemy movement and changes in defences.
5   13 (HAC) Regt RHA take over OPs from 151 (AY) Fd Regt R.A. and assume responsibility for opportunity shooting.
5   6 ORs posted to CMO staff from 31 RHU.
9   63 Med Regt R.A. placed in direct support of 11 Armd Div.
9   One 'George' radar counter mortar machine under comd from 100 Radar Bty.
11   Lieut B.C. Roberts R.A. (LO) evacuated beyond RAP (sick) admitted to 11 Lt Fd Amb.
12   151 (AY) Fd Regt R.A. reassume responsibility for OPs and opportunity shooting.
12   2 ORs posted to CMO staff from 31 RHU.
15   Lieut B.C. Roberts R.A. (LO) rejoined HQ on discharge from 11 Lt Fd Amb.
16 0730 13 (HAC) Regt RHA took over OPs from 151 (AY) Fd Regt R.A.
17 0600 13 (HAC) Regt RHA passed under comd RA 3 Br Div on completion of take over of front by 185 Inf Bde from 159 Inf Bde and I.C.R.
17   11 Armd Div moved to new area.
17 1500 4 Armd Bde came under comd 11 Armd Div and assumed responsibility for whole div front until 159 Inf Bde were in position in left Bde sector.
ELL 646932 17 1530 This HQ arrived new location ELL 646932.
17   4 RHA came under comd.
17   Regts disposed as follows:-
17   4 RHA area HUNSEL 6789.
17   151 (AY) Fd Regt R.A. area VOGELS 6993.
17   6 Fd Regt R.A. in support in area 707927.
17   72 Med Regt R.A. in support in area 651915.
18   75 A. Tk Regt R.A. moved to ASTEN 6113.
18   Lieut T.H. Carline R.A. and one OR posted from 124 Fd Regt R.A. to CMO staff.
20 0900 6 Fd Regt R.A. moved fwd to area 6485 and 72 Med Regt moved to 6281 to give further support to 12 Corps on right.
20   Responsibility for arty support laid down in writing. See Appendix 'C' folio 6
20   O.P. layout. See Appendix 'C' folio 5 (messages issued)
20   Amn allotment still 10 r.p.g. for 25-pr.
20   8 ORs posted to CMO staff from 110 Fd Regt R.A.
21 1200 13 (HAC) Regt RHA reverted to comd and moved to take over gun areas and OPs from 6 Fd Regt R.A. who cease to be it support.
21   Plan for 11 Armd Div to take over section of R. MAAS opposite VENLO cancelled.
22   72 Med Regt R.A. change from in support to under comd.
24 1200 25-pr regts have all three btys in action.
25   Christmas Day. No sign of attack which PW had reported enemy planned for today.
25   338 Bty A. Tk under comd 159 Inf Bde in a ground role and relieve Coy 1 Hereford.
26   75 A. Tk Regt moved from ASTEN to BREE 5084.
27 1400 119 Bty A. Tk under comd 4 Armd Bde relieved Bty 63 A. Tk Regt. 119 Bty came under comd Inns of Court Regt to operate in a ground role.
28   Amn allotment unaltered.
29   11 ORs posted from CMO staff to X (IV) List, 31 RHU but remain att to this HQ.
31   119 Bty A. Tk changed to under comd 44 R. Tks when latter took over sector from Inns of Court Regt.
31   1 att OR evacuated beyond RAP (sick) admitted to 7 FDS.

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Source: Jeroen Koppes,, transcribing: Hans Houterman.

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