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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 2nd Bn R.U. Rifles
Month and Year: January 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer:
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
HAWICK 3   Bn Route March
4-5   Bn move to MUIR OF ORD for Ex “Grab”
MUIR OF ORD 6-9   Bn in Concentration & Assembly Area – Orders – briefing – waterproofing of vehs.
9   March to “Hards” Bn embarked.
10/11   Bde landed & practiced role of follow up Bde, moving to assembly area, reforming and moving inland to take up a def posn. Bde dug in night of 10/11. Exercise finished noon on 11th.
11   Bn entrained at Crook of Alvis for HAWICK.
12   Bn arrived HAWICK
17   C.Os. Lecture on “Ex Grab” to all who took part in Ex. Officers Day.
19   Maj. B.J. FitzG Donlea assumes comd of Bn vice Lt. Col. I.C. Harris on leave.
24/25   German weapons circus visits bn. D Coy on street fighting course EDINBOROUGH & GLASGOW 25 to 29.
29/31   Lectures and Arty 18 set practise for offrs with R.A.
31   Summary
31   “Ex Grab” was main event of month, it was found that time given for waterproofing of vehs not sufficient, 7 days considered adviseable. Beach org failed completely, A U.L.O. is considered necessary. A harbouring area for vehs should be laid down. Compiling AFWs 5169 need more careful compiling.

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Source: Jeroen Koppes, TracesOfWar.com.

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