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WAR DIARY
or
INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY
Army Form C.2118
Unit: 171 Company RASC
Month and Year: January 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Major Everingham, RASC
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
COTTINGHAM 1   Strength of Unit 13 Officiers 482. O.Rs. Normal Platoon Training.
2   Normal Platoon Training. 1 O.R. admitted hospital.
3   1 O.R. transferred to Class W.T. Reserve. Normal Platoon Training.
4   Lieut. D.R. George posted to unit from 18 Lt. Fd. Amb. 1 O.R. posted to unit from 18 Lt. Fd. Amb. R.A.M.C. Normal Platoon Training.
5   Normal Platoon Training.
6   1 O.R. posted to unit from 908 (Orkney) G.T. Coy. R.A.S.C. H.Q. and R.D.I. Platoons firing on Willerby Range. Otherwise normal platoon training.
7   Company move out of unit location for 11 Arm. Div. Exercise “Frederick Uncle III” Appendix “A”
8   Exercise Frederick Uncle III. 1 O.R. posted to unit from K. 31 R.H.U. A.F.W. 3088 and A.F.W. 3009 (f) serial No. 1. rendered to 2nd Echelon. Appendix “B” (Original only)
COTTINGHAM 8   Strength of Unit 14 Officers 484 O.R.s
8 1800 Unit returns from Exercise “Frederick Uncle III”
9   Normal Platoon Training.
10 0900 Typhus inoculations commence for whole unit. Normal Platoon Training. 1. O.R. posted to H.Q. 11 Armd. Div.
11   All personnel passed through Gas Chamber – D.M. in new type respirators. Normal Training.
12   Normal training under Platoon arrangements.
12 1000 O.C. and 2 i/c attend 1 day R.T. Extercise.
12 1430 Training Films – Scabies, Gas, Treatment of casualties.
13   1 O.R. posted to No. 1 Holding Bn. R.A.S.C. 1 O.R. S.O.S. unit having been in hospital 21 days. Normal Platoon Training.
14   2 Officers report to H.Q. 11 Armd. Div. for Field Cooking Demonstration. All Platoons on vehicle Maintenance. 2 O.Rs (perm attached posted to 17 BN RAOC).
COTTINGHAM 15 1200 A.F.W. 3008 and A.F.W. 3009 (f) Serial No. 2 rendered to GHQ 2nd Echelon. Appendix “C” (Original only)
15   Strength of unit 14 Officers 479 O.Rs. Intensive Vehicle Maintenance.
16   Vehicle Maintenance.
17 0945 H.Q. Platoon complete with Headquarters Composite Platoon and skeleton Workshops proceed on Exercise “Tally Ho” – 8 Corps. Appendix “D” en “E”
17   Normal Platoon Training.
18   Exercise “Tally Ho”. Normal Platoon Training.
19   Exercise “Tally Ho”. Normal Platoon Training.
20 1300 H.Q. Composite and Workshops returned from Exercise “Tally Ho”.
20   Wireless training for all Officers and Senior N.C.Os. Normal Platoon Training.
21   Wireless training for all Officers and Senior N.C.Os. Normal Platoon Training.
22   A.F.W. 3008 and 3009 (f) Serial No. 3 rendered to G.H.Q. 2nd Echelon. Appendix “F” (original only)
COTTINGHAM 22   Strength 14 Officers 479 O.Rs
23   Vehicle Maintenance. 24 O.Rs. proceed to CRC Dundonald on Course – Sea Wading and disembarking from Landing Craft. 1 O.R. S.O.S. having been in hospital 21 days.
24   Normal Platoon Training.
25 0830 32 vehicles conveying R.E. Stores fro Exercise “Eagle” Appendix “G”
25   Normal Platoon Training. 2 O.Rs posted to D.D.S.T. 8 Corps.
26   Pre “Eagle” details – 32 vehicles R.E. Stores. Normal Platoon Training.
26 1430 Training Films – Security.
27 1030 180 personnel attend Training Film at Tower Cinema HULL “Combined Operations” and “Beach Organisation”
27 1400 Normal Platoon Training. 1 O.R. S.O.S. on posting to No. 1 Holding Bn. R.A.S.C.
COTTINGHAM 27   3. O.Rs S.O.S. on posting to 715 Gen. Tpt. Coy. R.A.S.C.
27   1. O.R. S.O.S. on posting to 710 Gen. Tpt. Coy. R.A.S.C.
27   1. O.R. T.O.S. from No. 1 Holding Bn. R.A.S.C.
27   Normal Platoon Training.
28 0001 Company Reverts from Commodity Coy. To Composite Coy. Comp. Platoon and detachment “C” Platoon proceed to bulk breaking point at BRIDLINGTON.
28   Vehicle Maintenance. 1. O.R. Posted to 715. Gen. Tpt. Coy. R.A.S.C.
29   Capt. J.K.Munger S.O.S. on posting to H.Q. R.A.S.C. 11 Armd. Div. Capt. A.P. Gainsford posted to unit from 173 Armd. Div. Tps. Coy. R.A.S.C. Capt. C.C. Walker S.O.S. on posting to 174 Inf. Bde. Coy. R.A.S.C. 1 O.R. posted to 715 Gen. Tpt. Coy. R.A.S.C.
29   A.F.W. 3008 and 3009 (f) Serial No. 4 rendered to GHQ 2nd Echelon. Appendix “H” (original only)
29   Strength 13 Officers 470 O.Rs. Normal Platoon Training. 24 O.Rs. return from Sea Wading Course at CTC Dundonald.
COTTINGHAM 30   Vehicle Maintenance.
31   All personnel spotted with Liquid Blister Gas. Normal Platoon Training.

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Source: Jeroen Koppes, TracesOfWar.com.

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