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WAR DIARY
or
INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY
Army Form C.2118
Unit: 11th Bn Royal Tank Regt.
Month and Year: August 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt. Col. R. Dixon
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
TRENORGAN 1 0600 Exercise “Weakness II” continues.
2 0600 Exercise “Weakness II” continues.
3 0600 Exercise “Weakness II” continues.
3 1400 Warning Order “Cornelius”.
4 0600 Exercise “Weakness II” continues.
GOSPORT 5 0600 Exercise “Weakness II” ends. Appendix 1
5 1200 A.F. W3008 & W3009 submitted upto 5 Aug.
7 0400 Exercise “Overlord” starts.
8 0600 Exercise “Overlord”continues.
9 0600 Exercise “Overlord”continues.
10 0600 Exercise “Overlord”continues.
11 0600 Exercise “Overlord”continues.
MEUVAINES 12 1000 Exercise “Overlord” ends. In harbour Map Reference FRANCE 1:50000 Sheet 7E/5 875849.
13 0930 C.Os. conference for Sqn Commanders reference general layout. Appendix 2
13 1300 A.F. W3008 & W3009 submitted upto 12 Aug 44.
MONTILLY 14 0800 Unit in harbour at Map reference FRANCE 1:50,000 CAEN – Sheet 7F/1 842675.
14 1630 C.Os. conference for Squadron leaders reference layout of harbour area.
16 1030 C.Os. conference for Squadron leaders reference training in this area.
17 1700 C.O. to Bde Comd conference.
17 2000 Lecture by Bde I.O. to 42 all ranks total in escape & evasion.
19 0900 C.Os. conference for Squadron leaders reference training. Appendix 3
19 1500 A.F. Ws 3008 & Ws 3009 submitted upto 19 Aug 44. This includes a separate one on instructions of 1 Tk Bde for 1 Rft Sqn.
19 1800 Officer football match v 49 R Tanks. Won 6 – 0.
20 1500 Bn football match v 49 R. Tks. Won.
22 0900 C.O. to Bde Comds conference.
22 0900 Four senior N.C.Os. tried by F.G.C.M. for absence without leave.
22 1030 100 men per Sqn watched demonstration of Flails.
23 0900 C.Os. conference for Sqn leaders. – Co-operation Infantry.
23 2000 Bn exercise – Recce drill & procedure.
25 0900 C.Os. conference for Squadron leaders – Bn exercise, handing over of Shermans, promotions for Other Ranks.
25 1200 Mobile canteen from Church of Scotland visited unit.
25 1400 One senior N.C.O. tried by F.G.C.M. for absence without leave.
26 1500 8 Shermans 75 m/m handed to F Army Del Sqn (Cdn). Appendix 4
26 1630 AF W3008 & W3009 submitted upto 26 Aug.
26 1700 8 Shermans (75 mm) handed over to F Army Del Sqn (Cdn).
27 0715 Collection of 8 Shermans (76 mm) – Allotted to Sqns A 3 – B 2 – C 2 – HQ 1.
27 0900 O.C. A Sqn out on a recce for Bde Comd to endeavour to find a suitable area for 76 mm firing.
27 1400 8 Shermans (75 mm) handed over to F Army Del Sqn (Cdn).
27 1445 C.O. to Div Comds. conference on future training and employment.
28 0900 C.Os. conference for Sqn Comd. reference roles & training.
28 1400 15 Sherman (75 mm) handed over to 256 Army Del Sqn.
28 1500 2 Sherman (76 mm) collected – Allotted to B Sqn 1 – HQ Sqn 1.
30 0900 Bde Comds conference for all Sqn Comds. Subject Roles the Bde is likely to have to use.
30 0945 Collection of further 13 Shermans (76 mm). Allotted A Sqn 4 – B Sqn 4 – C Sqn 4 – HQ Sqn 1.
30 1400 C.Os. discussion on Bde Comds conference.
31 1300 Collection of further 5 Shermans (76 mm) A 1 – B 1 – C 2 – HQ 1.

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

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