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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 2nd Bn The Royal Ulster Rifles
Month and Year: March 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer:
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
HAWICK 6   “S” Coy street figting Glasgow.
6   Ex “Buzz” Sig & Bn HQ sig exercise.
7   HQ Coy street fighting Glasgow.
8   T/Maj CRP Sweeney MC posted to Bn, assumes comd of “S” Coy.
13-16   Bn drill parades, rehearsals for St Patricks Day.
14   Bn at trg films. Capt MD Ryan posted to Bn, and assumed comd of HQ Coy. Capt KG Perona Wright posted to comd of R Coy.
14-18   Visit of regtl band, programme incl Bn drill parades. Bn & Bde dinners. “Retreat” in town. Cottage Hospital & Drumlaig House. ENSA concert. Offrs & Sgts dance. All ranks dance. Church parades. St Patricks Day parade.
15   Pay lecture for all offrs.
17   Presentation of Shamrock, inspection of the Bn and march past of the Bn by the Col of the Regt.
20-24   Offrs study periods, lectures: Pz Div German Army, Combined Ops.
21   Adm tpt left for Ex “Leap Year”.
22   Lecture to Bn by C.O. Tracked vehs left for Ex Leap Year.
25   M/Cs left for Ex Leap Year.
BLACK ISLE 26   Bn left for conc area for Ex “Leap Year”.
27   “Ex Leap Year”. Bn spent night in conc area – under canvas.
28   Bn embarked.
29   Bn on board various craft.
BURGHEAD 29-31   Bn landed p.m. & moved to ass area then to conc area.
30   D Day.
31   Bn ‘attack’ on final objective. Ex finished & Bn moved in TCVs to Crook of Alvis Sta to entrain for Hawick.
31   Weather: 1-4 dry warm; 5-6 snow; 7-10 dry cold; 11-12 dry warm; 13-19 dry cold; 20-22 wet; 23-27 dry cold; 28 wet; 29 dry; 30 snow; 31 snow & rain

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

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