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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 2nd Bn. The Royal Ulster Rifles
Month and Year: May 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt. Col. I.C. Harris
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
Grenville Hall, DROXFORD. Camp A9 7   Field Firing Exercise at Kithurst Field Firing Range for Headquarters and Support Companies.
8   B & D Companies at SOUTHAMPTON on Street Fighting Exercise. Anti-Tank Platoon shoot at Hardle House A tk range.
9   Senior Officer for Physical Training arrived and stayed with the Battalion until 10th May.
10   TEWT for Company Commanders at East Riding Yeomanry HQ.
11   S Company at Old Winchester Hill 3” Mortar Range carrying out 3” Mortar shoot.
16   Visit by Major Generals Evetts, Steele and Brunskill.
17   A & C Companies on Field Firing Exercise at Butser Hill Field Firing Range in morning, B & D Companies in the afternoon. Landing Craft Infantry loading practice carried out by Battalion. Testing of Respirators carried out in mobile gas chamber.
18 1030 The Commanding Officer attended a conference at HQ 3 Br Inf Division. Rifle Companies at Sullington Classification Range. Inter-Company sports meeting held in camp which proved very popular, the whole Bn entering into the spirit of the occasion.
18 1600 Visit by Major General RH Lorie.
19   Visit by General Sir Bernard Montgomery. He arrived at 1100 hrs and spoke to the Bn on parade. He stayed for lunch in the Officers Mess and left at 1415 hrs.
19   Officers and members of the Serjeant’s Mess visited 1st Bn of the Regiment at BULFORD.
20   Practice LCI(L) loading at SOUTHSEA and disembarkation at GOSPORT. Visit by General Eisenhower to 3 Br Inf Div. 100 All Ranks represented the Bn.
21   Bde Comds briefing for Operation "Overlord".
22   Inspection by H.M. the King of the 9 Br Inf Bde at HAMBLEDON – 500 All Ranks represented the Bn.
25   Camp sealed in preparation for briefing.
26   Briefing commenced.
30   Battalion moved to concentration area at Camp A7, WATERLOOVILLE.

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

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