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    War Diary: 151 Durham Infantry Brigade HQ

    Month and year: June 1944

    The extensive June 1944 151 Durham Infantry Brigade HQ covering their departure from Southampton and their fighting inland through Normandy.

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/670

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    NIGHTINGALE CAMP,SOUTHAMPTON1Marshalling of troops into craft loads proceeded and loading of vehicles
    and stores continued.
    31800Tac Bde HQ consisting of Bde IO, Bde Sigs Offr and Sigs personnel left
    marshalling area and later embarked on HMS ALBRIGHTON. Embarkation of
    battalions continued.
    41200Bde Comd, Brig R.H. SENIOR embarked on HMS ALBRIGHTON. Operation
    OVERLORD postponed 24 hours on account of weather.
    51930Convoys formed up in SOUTHAMPTON water preparatory to sailing.
    AT SEA5/6Voyage uneventful no interference from enemy attack. The weather which
    it was hoped would improve did not in fact do so and quite a strong wind
    caused a heavy swell.
    60615Anchorage positions reached off the coast of NORMANDY
    0720H hour for assault tps. By 0750 hrs news was received that the assaulting
    tps both 69 Bde and 231 Bde were ashore. 69 Bde going well. 231 Bde having
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    difficulty getting off the beach owing to enemy fire.
    0920Reported that 6 GREEN HOWARDS had reached a position between MONT FLEURY and
    VER - sur - MER with 7 GREEN HOWARDS in LARIVIERE. 5 EAST YORKS being passed
    1015News received that 1 HAMPS had not yet captured LE HAMEL but that both 1 DORSETS
    and 2 DEVONS had by-passed ASNELLES and were heading inland.
    1030Tac Bde HQ transferred from HMS ALBRIGHTON to a LCM for the voyage to the
    beach and touched down on KING RED at approx 1200 hrs.
    1245Bde HQ established in assembly area 910854 where they were joined by the
    Briggde Majors' party and staff Capts' party who had travelled on different
    13206 DLI ashore with HQ at 909854.
    13308 DLI ashore with HQ at 918855.
    9 DLI ashore in area MEUVAINE.
    1345Bde Comd visited HQ 69 Bde and discussed situation with Comd 69 Bde.
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    1530Mobile columns of both 6 and 9 DLI started to advance according to plan.
    15589 DLI SOUTH of MEUVAINE.
    16076 DLI approaching CREPON.
    16309 DLI one and a half miles SOUTH of MEUVAINE.
    17009 DLI reported to have reached line X rds 863824 - rd junc 885808.
    18008 DLI following up behind 9 DLI reported on line X rds 863824 - rd junc
    18209 DLI reported that forward tps in SOMMERVIEU.
    18309 DLI reported on line X rds 823811 - rd junc 847791.
    19109 DLI reported enemy opposition WEST of SOMMERVIEU,
    19456 DLI reported on line rd junc 839816 - rd junc 885805.
    19506 DLI Mobile Column reported on line of high ground from rd at 819808 -
    20009 DLI reported on line main rd BAYEUX - ST LEGER Bde HQ moved to area 836822.
    2100Bde HQ moved to area 842819. Earlier in the afternoon at approx 1500 hrs,
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    Bde Comd, Brig R.H. SENIOR, DSO, TD, accompanied by Liaison Offr, Capt R.S. JACK
    left Bde HQ to visit Mob Colns of 6 and 9 DLI. No information was subsequently
    received this day as to their whereabouts and it was feared that they had
    been made PW. Accordingly Lt-Col R.P. LIDWILL, DSO, CO 8 DLI assumed comd
    of the Bde. Div HQ was informed and GOC called at Bde HQ at 2200 hrs to
    discuss the situation. It was decided that no advance SOUTH of the main
    rd BAYEUX - ST LEGER would be made that night but that the advance would
    be continued at first light next morning. Orders were given to Bns to
    this effect.
    Situation at last light
    9 DLI RIGHT dispositions. Bn HQ 827798 A Coy 828804 B Coy 825796 C Coy 835794
    D Coy 823809. LEFT 6 DLI Bn HQ 852798 A Coy 849791 B Coy 857798 C Coy 851799
    D Coy area ESQUAY -sur-SEULLES, RESERVE 8 DLI Bn HQ 837817 A Coy 831814
    B Coy 835814 C Coy 840814 D Coy 842804.
    The advance from the beaches only met slight opposition, the enemy appearing
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    to be completely disorganised and not expecting a landing at that given point
    A total of 44 PW were captured. Identifications confirmed the Intelligence
    prior to D Day that 716 Coastal Div was holding defensive posns in that particular
    84281970430Situation at first light.
    9 DLI reported that a patrol which had gone in the diroction of BAYEUX had
    been told by civilians that the town was held by a force of about 200 GERMANS.
    0530The advance continued.
    06309 DLI reported on line of rly BAYEUX - CONDE-sur-SEULLES.
    0715Mobile Coln 6 DLI reported approaching final objective.
    07556 DLI reported on final objective, X rds 875739 - CONDE-sur-SEULLESNote: pencil correction to 825739
    0800Brig R.H. SENIOR being still missing it was decided to send out a recce patrol
    to search for him, the patrol to consist of one pl of inf supported by one
    sec of carriers supplied by 8 DLI. Their task was to search the area NORTH
    of BAZANVILLE between PIERRE ARTUS and CREPON over which none of our tps had
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    passed the preceding day, and where it was suspected that a body of enemy inf
    was still hiding. The patrol carried out this task and later reported that
    the Jeep in which the Bde Comd Was riding at the time of his disappearance
    had been found together with the body of L/Cpl HORTON (MM),the wireless
    operator who had been shot. They reported no sign of the Bde Comd or Liaison
    Offr Capt R.S. JACK. This information was passed to Div HQ who subsequently
    issued orders to our flanking formation for one of their units to sweep the
    area. Later at approx 1500 hrs the Bde Comd returned to Bde HQ and from him
    it was learnt that his party had been ambushed both Capt JACK and L/Cpl HORTON
    being killed and himself wounded in the left arm. He had been taken prisoner
    but during the sweep of the area that afternoon whilst his captors were engaged
    in fighting he and a private soldier walked away from the scene and managed
    to find HQ 50(N) Div in SOMMERVIEU. The Bde Comd was subsequently evacuated
    to the UK leaving Lt-Col R.P. LIDWILL in comd of the Bde.
    08156. DLI reported their tps in posn at the joint post they were to occupy with tps
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    69 Bde at CONDE-sur-SEULLES. 9 DLI reported on final objective, line of
    high ground Pt 86 8076 to Pt 81 8074 linking up with 6 DLI.
    8167641035Bde HQ established at 816764. At this location personnel of Bde HQ captured
    5 offrs and 28 ORs identified as FESTUNG PIONEER ABTEILUNG attached 352 Inf Div.
    1210Locations as follows. 6 DLI Bn HQ 827846 A Coy 815739 B Coy 825739
    C Coy 833734 D Coy 825746 8 DLI HQ 828763 A Coy 818763 B Coy 828774
    Coy 815768 with one pl detached at 810775 D Coy 823777. 9 DLI HQ 806755/
    A Coy 806755 B Coy 805764 C Coy 803756 D Coy 804744. Carrier patrols of
    6 and 9 DLI wore pushed fwd to recce and make contact with the enemy.
    14009 DLI reported party of 50 enemy at X rds 786756 and 838709 which were
    engaged by arty fire.
    16006 DLI reported two enemy tks at LE PONT ROC moving WEST.
    16459 DLI despatched the small force which was to occupy the joint post with
    56 Bde at GUERON.
    8 DLI reported that they had linked up with 6 GREEN HOWARDS (169 Bde) on the
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    main BAYEUX - CAEN rd which was clear.
    17056 DLI reported that their carriers had recced as fas as CHOUAIN 8472.
    17458 DLI reported a party of approx 40 enemy inf moving SE from CANCAGNY 8475.
    5 EAST YORKS (69 Bde) were informed.
    18159 DLI reported at 803720.
    Situation at 1900 hrs
    6 DLI front patrolled no enemy penetration. A force of approx 200 enemy
    inf was reported approaching left flank astride the CAEN - BAYEUX rly. 8 DLI
    reported no contact with the enemy. 9 DLI reported the capture of 1 x 88mm
    intact at 808756 and an ambulance car at 805764.
    2030The outpost of 6 DLI were attacked at CONDE-sur-SEULLES by party of approx
    40 enemy inf supported by armd cars and after inflicting casualties during two
    engagements our tps withdrew to the main defensive posn.
    Situation at last light
    Locations unchanged. Total PsW today 5 offrs and 108 ORs. The advance today
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    was characterised by small parties of enemy inf being ongaged around the
    villages on axis of advance. These groups appeared to be out of communications
    with their main bodies and were surprised by the rapidity of our advance inland.
    No serious opposition was offered as apart from MGs the enemy inf had no
    supporting arms other than armd cars.
    80430Situation at first light. No change in dispositions 6 DLI reported a minor
    brush with the enemy in the area CONDE - sur - SEULLES, resulting in two
    enemy killed and and 5 PW.
    0830GOC 50(N) Div arrived at Bde HQ and discussed the general situation with
    the acting Bde Comd.
    09409 DLI reported own tps having linked up with own tps of 56 Bde at GUERON.
    121530 Corps Comd Lieut General G.C. BUCKNALL and G.O.C. 50 (N) Div arrived
    at Bde HQ and discussed the situation with acting Bde Comd.
    18006 DLI reported coy dispositions unchanged and well established with rd blocks
    at 835736 and 837736 contact having been made during the day with 69 Bde on the
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    the left and 9 DLI on the right. As a result of minor clashes with the enemy
    during the day one armd car destroyed at 844732 and one Volkswagen destroyed
    as the result of a direct hit from a PIAT mortar at 816738, casualties inflicted
    on the enemy including 9 PW identifying 915 Gren Regt of 352 Inf Div and 902
    P.G.R. of 130 PZ Lehr Div. 8 DLI reported locations unchanged with a joint
    post established with 69 Bde on the main BAYEUX - CAEN rd. 9 DLI reported
    locations unchanged with one pl of inf supported by carriers and arty
    engaged on recceing ELLON 8073.
    Situation at last light. No change in dispositions. Two pls of 9 DLI
    sweeping area MONCEUX EN - BESSIN 794767 where enemy were reported.
    Standing patrols of 9 DLI at X rds 786756, rd junc 794743 and ELLON 8073.
    8 DLI patrolling from br 837767 SOUTH along R. SEULLES to br at 840730.
    6 DLI patrolling along the river from 837733 to rd junc 823721 thence NW
    to ELLON to contact 9 DLI standing patrol.
    90430Situation at first light. Patrols throughout the night had nothing to report,
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    no contact with the enemy. 8 DLI were placed under comd 8 Armd Bde and left
    their present location. They were to be used in an attack EAST of the R.SEULLES
    down the axis of the rd from the ST LEGER feature 8774 in the direction of TILLY-sur-SEULLES.
    During the morning patrolling programme was as follows, carrier patrol of 6 DLI to DOUET
    820726 thence JERUSALEM812719 thence to 823707 to 828707 and SOUTH towards
    TILLY-sur-SEULLES. 9 DLI carrier patrol to JUAYE - MONDAYE 7972 to
    795725 to 795721 to 798721 thence towards Pt 1127971.
    0700GOC 50(N) Div arrived at Bde HQ and gave orders for the day.
    1430Patrols of 9 DLI reported eneny AFVs and inf at LAULUE 7875.
    1500Information received that carrier patrols of 6 DLI had reached ST BAZIRE 8271
    and 9 DLI carrier patrols had reached JUAYE-MONDAYE.
    15306 DLI reported that A Coy who were in posn at X rds 815739 had destroyed an
    enemy tk which was advancing up the rd towards them.
    During the afternoon reports came in from both 6 and 9 DLI of enemy tks on
    their front, some in the vicinity of JUAYE-MONDAYE and others in the area
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    of BUCEEL 8270. These were engaged by our arty.
    18009 DLI reported enemy tks type unknown in the area of ELLON 8073 which were
    shelled by our arty. 6 DLI reported that the carrior patrol had returned
    with the information that the enemy was in posns on the high ground NORTH of
    BUCEEL 8270 and that tks supported by inf were approaching their posns on the
    right. A Coy 6 DLI engaged the leading tk and destroyed it, also causing
    casualties to enemy inf. B Coy 6 DLI was also attacked by enemy inf who were
    repulsed and subsequently dispersed by arty concentrations. The enemy
    withdrew SOUTH of rd DOUET - CONDE-sur-SEULLES.
    1930Another attack by enemy inf and tks against B Coy 6 DLI was mounted as a result
    of which two Mk IV Specials were destroyed and further casualties on enemy
    inf were caused. By 2200 hrs the situation was under control, all attacks
    having been repulsed without penetration of our posns. Owing to the absence of
    8 DLI and to counter the threat of further tk attacks one sqn 4 CLY was placed
    in support of the Bde in the area 817743 - 823747 and additional fire support
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    was provided by one bty of 73 A Tk Regt together with an extra pl of hy
    mortars and MMGs from C Coy 2 CHESHIRE Regt.
    9Situation at last light.
    Bde defensive posns maintained despite heavy counter attacks of the enemy along
    the axis of the main rd ST BIZIRE - BAYEUX. Additional tps in support as
    previously noted.
    Todays' fighting was characterised by a determined attempt on the part of the
    enemy to regain the high ground which formed the Bdes' firm base. Stiff fighting
    on 6 DLI front resulting in the destruction of three Mk IV Specials tks
    some soft skinned vehicles and casualties to enemy inf. Despite particularly
    severe mortaring of our posns which supported the attacks own casualties were
    comparatively light.
    9 DLI facing WEST were not seriously troubled today, patrols indicating the
    presence of enemy in small pockets in nearby villages but no major attack
    being launched.
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    Enemy. PW taken today numbered 27 with many new identifications including:
    30 Schnelle Brigade, 439 Ost Bn, 352 Inf Div, 726 Gren Regt, 352 Arty Regt.
    to0430Situation at first light
    Information was received from 6 DLI that yesterday their D Coy at joint post
    at CONDE-sur-SEULLES destroyed two enemy armd cars and took 2 PW as well as
    inflicting casualties. During the night patrols of 6 DLI bumped a party of
    some 40 enemy inf in area 8373. Five PW were takon and casualties inflicted.
    These PW were identified as the Pioneir Fortification Bn who had been enaged
    on constructing coast defences and who, pulled out when the assault began
    were attempting to rejoin their unit.
    D Coy 9 DLI moved to area 812740 to thicken up behind fwd coys of 6 DLI.
    0700GOC 50(N) Div visited Bde HQ and gave orders. The task of the bde was to
    cover the passing through of 7 Armd Div and to continue the mopping up of
    bodies of enemy in the various villages on the L of C of 7 Armd Div who were
    directed SOUTH towards VILLIERS-BOCAGE.
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    and was shelling and mortaring 8 DLI posns. Tks of 8 Armd Bde had recced fwd
    into TILLY but all attempts by our inf to follow up were met by extromely
    heavy fire from well concealed posns in the orchards and thickly wooded country
    betwoon ST PIERRE and TILLY.
    Bde Comd and IO visited HQ 8 Armd Bde at Pt 103 8570 and saw Brig CRACROFT
    and discussed the posn with him.
    Situation at last light
    All quiet, no engagement with the enemy during the day.
    120430Situation at first light.
    6 and 9 DLI dispositions unchanged no contact with the enemy during night.
    8 DLI still under comd 8 Armd Bde were heavily counter attacked during night
    11/12 in the area ST PIERRE with the result that their fwd coys were overrum
    by enemy inf supparted by tks some of which were believed to be MK VI Tiger.
    The situation was restored but 8 DLI had to re-organise in the area Pt 103
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    The day was spent quietly with Bns resting and reorganising.
    1800Orders were received for 8 DLI to revert to under comd night 12/13 and
    in for 9 DLI to pass to under comd 56 Bde with in addition all supporting
    arms less one mortar pl "A" Coy 2 CHESHIRE.
    Situation last light.
    Dispositions unchanged, no contact with the enemy throughout the day.
    130430Situation first light
    8 DLI reverted to under comd and took up posns previously held by 9 DLI.
    10009 DLI reverted to under comd.
    Confirmatory Notes of Verbal Orders Issued 13 June.Appx "A"
    1225Codeword VIGOROUS 1330 hrs issued to Bns. This indicated that the attack
    to secure the high ground and village of HOTTOT 8266 would take place,
    tps to cross start line at 1330 hrs.
    1400Both 6 and 9 DLI in contact with enemy, RIGHT 9 DLI, LEFT 6 DLI on the line
    of 71 NORTHING.
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    Situation at last light
    It was decided to attack the enemy on this line of the 14th with 231 Bde
    RIGHT and 151 Bde LEFT the attack to be supported by the whole af 30 Corps
    arty together with an air bombardment on certain specified targets. It was
    further decided so as to allow each Bde to have the benefit of the full weight
    of arty fire that the attack would be in two phases with 151 Bde attacking
    Phase I before 231 Bde started and similarly for the second phase.
    14Situation at first light - unchanged.
    Confirmatory Notes of Verbal Orders Issued.Appx B
    Zero for the attack was 1020 hrs.
    1000Air bombardment as arranged commenced.
    1020Inf advance began under cover of arty barrage.
    11309 DLI on RIGHT reached area LINGEVRES804684. 6 DLI on LEFT held up in area
    818697 with the eneny still in possesion of X rds at VERRIERES 815694.
    12209 DLI reported that their co Lt-Col H.R. WOODS, DSO, MC had been wounded
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    He subsequently died of wounds and Major J. MOGG assumed comd of the Bn.
    12456 DLI reached first objective and were disposed as follows. A Coy 816697,
    B Coy 813697, C Coy 815697, D Coy 815694.
    15159 DLI reported reforming and reorganising in area LINGEVRES with patrols fwd.
    During the advance to this objective one coy of 9 DLI suffered rather heavy
    casualties from enemy MG and mortar fire and the Bn was organise into three
    rifle coys.
    16309 DLI reported counter attack from the direction SE of LINGVERES 812682.
    This counter attack proved to be extremely heavy, being launched by enemy inf
    supported by heavy tks. For the next two and a half hours an extremely fierce
    battle raged as a result of which 9 DLI aided by 4/7 DRAGOON GUARDS of 8 Armd Bde
    destroyed nine enemy tks.
    1900Dispositions as follows - 6 DLI A Coy 818692, B Coy 818691, C Coy 818694,
    D Coy 815690. 9 DLI Tac HQ 808700, B Coy 810686, C Coy 805688, D Coy 803684.
    6 DLI reported heavy mortar and spandau fire on their two fwd coys and three
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    enemy tks dug in between the bridge 826683 and X rds 815683. 9 DLI reported
    a great deal of discarded equipment in VERRIERES from which the enemy had
    rithdrawn hurriedly.
    Situation at last light.
    2 GLOSTERS (56 Bde) relieved 9 DLI who concentrated in the area 815695 and were
    placed under comd 6 DLL. As a result of the fighting today PW taken amounted to
    1 offr and 104 ORs.
    Confirmatory Notes of Verbal Orders Issued.Appx c
    Location of 2 GLOSTERS HQ 802705, A Coy 808682, B Coy 810686, C Coy 805688,
    D Coy 803684.
    As a result of the engagement today on the Bde front, 6 DLI reported two tp
    carriers, one half tracked vehicle and two armd cars destroyed, the nine enemy
    tks previously referred to were a mixed bag of Mk VI Tigers, Mk V Panther and
    Mk IV Specials identified as belonging to 130 Pz LEHR Div. Own casualties
    approx 100. PW on interrogation stated that their casualties had been particularly
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    severe from our arty and mortars as many as 50% in one coy.
    15Situation at first light.
    8 DLI having reorgenised after their battle at ST PIERRE rejoined the
    Bde and took up posns in LINGEVRES from 2 GLOSTERS who reverted to comd
    56 Bde. 2 ESSEX (56 Bde) were placed under comd and took up positions
    in area BUCEELS and wood at 821703. 6 DLI remained in the centre in the area
    VERRIERES whilst 9 DLI went into Bde reserve to reorganise in area ST BIZIRE.
    For Confirmatory Notes of Verbal Orders issued and additional tps under comd see Appx D.
    830GOC 50(N) Div visited Bde HQ. Programme for today to reorganise on the defensive
    positions already won from incl LINGEVRES to R. SEULLES at 835700 and patrol
    vigorously to the SOUTH.
    Patrols during the day reported movement of MT from 818683 to TILLY-sur-SEULLES 8468
    and enemy posns being dug in area 827687. Other patrols reported enemy in area
    8269 incl tks.
    14008 DLI locations HQ 806687, A Coy 804684, B Coy 807689, c Coy 803689, D Coy 806683
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    During the afternoon patrols of 8 DLI made contact on their right with
    1 Hampshire Regt (231 Bde) at 793691 and also contact with 6 DLI on their left.
    Civilian reports believed to be reliable stated that there was a body of 200
    GERMANS and 19 Tks in LONGRAYE 7866.
    2 ESSEX reported a small enemy Patrol seen near PONT de la GUILLETTE.
    Situation at last light.
    at Locations and dispositions unchanged with 2 ESSEX under comd HQ at 830702,
    A Coy 822704, B Coy 833702, C Coy 833699, D Coy 828701. General impression
    gained by our fwd tps that the enemy was holding outposts thinly from the line
    of the track LES LE GALLOIS 8168 to PONT de la GIILLETTE 8369 but that the main
    posns would be SOUTH of that line based on TILLY-sur-SEULLES running WEST
    along the high ground.
    Two enemy inf surrendered to 8 DLI identified as 5 Coy 902 PG LEHR Regt.
    16Situation at first light
    Dispositions unchanged. Local patrolling only. 8 DLI reported one eneny killed
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    one wounded and one captured at 803681. These soldiers identified as
    901 Pz LEHR Regt.
    08006 DLI were ordered to advance from VERRIERES to line of LINGEVRES - TILLY rd
    and take up posns around the X rds at LES LE GALLOIS 8168.
    During the morning this advance was made and the enemy cleared from this area
    Locations as follows 6 DLI HQ 813697, B Coy 815683, C Coy 817682, D Coy 815683.
    Recce patrols were sent fwd from these posns in the direction of HOTTOT and
    contact made with 8 DLI on the right.
    8 DLI during the morning engaged a party of eneny inf, strength one pl
    approaching their posns with their axis of advance the main rd LONGRAYE 7866 -
    LINGEVRES. D.F. task was called down and the enemy were dispersed
    1335The Bde Comd, Brig B.B. WALTON then at HQ 2 ESSEX was wounded by shellfire
    the Liaison Offr, Lieut I. SPAIN and the wireless operator of his recce jeep
    were killed. Brig WALTON was evacuated to UK through 149 Fd Amb.
    1415Lieut-Col R.P. LIDWILL, 8 DLI arrived at Bde HQ to assume temporary comd
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    of the Bde.
    1430Lieut-Col A E.GREEN, 6 DLI arrived from UK to re-assume comd 6 DLL.
    During the afternoon heavy shelling was brought down on the Bde front from
    enemy Btys on the high ground SOUTH and EAST of TILLY.
    Situation at last light
    Locations unchanged No contact with the enemy during the afternoon apart from
    some sniping and rather heavier mortaring and shelling.
    It was noticeable that since the advance from the posns occupied on D plus 1
    the quality of enemy tps became appreciably better than those met on D Day.
    Extremely good use of ground with well sited and well constructed posns was the
    feature of the defensive tactics of the enemy. In addition he was using his
    tanks as strong points in defence and not as a mobile counter attack force.
    Many cases were observed of tanks either being dug into the ground or fighting
    from inside buildings thus making it extremely difficult for them to be destroyed.
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    Further the type of country in which our troops were operating lent itself to
    inf defence and not to tank warfare as many of the roads were sunk below the level
    of the adjoining fields with grass banks and trees or hedges on top. It was the
    exception rather then the rule to get vision or field of fire in excess of 200 yds.
    17Situation at first light.
    Locations unchanged, Patrols reported enemy in the buildings at 813674, at the
    bridge 807677 and enemy in farmhouses 814674.
    0600One offr, Lieut THOMPSON and four ORs of 4 CLY (22Armd Bde) entered our lines.
    They had been engaged in 7 Armd Div battle at VILLIERS-BOCAGE and after their
    tank had had a direct hit, they escaped and aided by local population had
    evaded capture. On questioning Lieut THOMPSON although unable to be precise as to
    dispositions stated that he had formed the impression that an enemy armd div
    was concentrating between VILLIERS-BOCAGE - TILLY-sur-SEULLES.
    0930Lieut-Col R.P. LIDWILL accompanied by GSO III attended conference at Main HQ
    50(N) Div to discuss plans for the attack on TILLY-sur-SEULLES at 1600 hrs today.
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    Locations unchanged. No enemy counter attack during the night.
    0715GOC 50(N) Div arrived at Bde HQ to see Bde Comd.
    1000Conference of 'O' Groups when plan for further attack on TILLY discussed,
    See Confirmatory Notes of Verbal Orders issued.Appx F
    The attack was to begin at 1430 hrs with RIGHT 6 DLI LEFT 2 ESSEX 8 and 9 DLI
    to hold a firm base. 8 DLI to move during the morning to area 815674.
    10308 DLI began move to new posns, leading coys encountered opposition from enemy
    Spandau fire, snipers and a few tks in the area of the Parc de la Mere 815674
    The A Tk Pl endeavoured to engage the tks but owing to the nature of the country
    it was impossible to get into posn for a shoot. The crews of the tks who were
    apperently outside their vehicles were engaged by small arms fire.
    1430Further advance on TILLY began.
    15056 DLI reached 833684 having captured some prisoners.
    15126 DLI reached posn 832682.
    15308 DLI reported in posn locations as follows, Bn HQ 814675, A Coy 817670
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    9 DLI occupied posns with HQ 818682, B Coy 820678, C Coy 822680, D Coy 817683
    2 ESSEX HQ 838692, A Coy 837689, B Coy 841685, C Coy 838692, D Coy 842687.
    Four tanks were destroyed during the afternoon and evening by 4/7 D.G.
    PM taken today numbered 7.
    19Situation at first light. - Locations unchanged,
    During the morning 2 ESSEX advanced with two coys up to secure Tilly and
    by 1400 hrs they reported the capture of TILLY having met with little
    opposition, locations of coys as follows - A Cay 841681, B Coy 839684,
    C Coy 842685, D Coy 844682.
    14306 DLI carrier patrols located enemy in the area 842673 with an enemy OP
    at 839674.
    1600Fwd coy of 9 DLI reported small counter attack by enemy inf supported by a
    few tks as a result of which one enemy MK V Panther tk was destroyed at 813667,
    two of the crew being taken prisoner,
    19008 DLI reported enemy infiltration from 807670 and at approx the same time the
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    enemy launched a countor attack between 6 and 9 DLI supported by heavy mortar
    and shellfire. Both these attacks were beaten off with casualties to the enemy.
    Situation at last light,
    Posns held in contact with the enemy. PW taken today numbered seven identifying
    7 and 8 Coys II Bn Pz LEHR Regt 130. These PW on interrogation gave valuable
    information as to the order of battle of Pz LEHR Div 130 and strengths and types
    of tks. They confirmed that the defensive policy of the enemy was to form a
    series of strong posts on suitable ground with one coy of inf supported by four
    or six tks.
    Today the weather which had previously been reasonable, broke with heavy rainstorns
    and high winds. Our tps who had been constantly in action since D Day with very
    little rest had this additional hardship to bear. The constant strain of battle
    together with daily casualties was beginning to have its effect upon the troops.
    8 DLI passed to under comd 231 Bde but remained in same locations. This step
    was taken as the other bns of 231 Bde were disposed in and around the same
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    area, preparatory for an attack on HOTTOT and it was decided that 8 DLI should
    form a firm base.
    20Situation first light - unchanged.
    Patrols of 6 DLI located enemy outposts on the line of HOTTOT - JUVIGNY rd.
    12009 DLI relieved 2 ESSEX who reverted to comd 56 Bde. Locations of 9 DLI
    HQ 837688, B Coy 841683, C Coy 840686, D Coy 839681.
    Throughout the day no contact was had with the enemy but a fair amount of
    mortaring and shelling fell on the fwd areas.
    21A quiet day with local patrolling only.
    221000Conference held at Bde HQ and Confirmatory Notes of Verbal Orders issued.Appx G
    Throughout the day Bns concentrated on vigorous offensive patrolling to harass
    the enemy.
    23Situation at first light.
    No enemy penetration of the Bde front. Patrols of 6 DLI to the buildings at
    845675 reported no enemy seen or heard but movement of tracked vehicles on the
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    main rd HOTTOT - JUVIGNY. 9 DLI patrols confirmed enemy posns at edge of
    the orchard near MONTILLY845676.
    No advance today but local vigorous patrolling to find out the exact enemy
    dispositions on the Bde front.
    24Last nights patrols reported noise of track vehicles heard area X rds 835665.
    This target was engaged by our own arty. Other patrols found enemy at 846674
    and other posns dug but not occupied along the NORTH edge of the MONTILLY wood
    and also on the WEST of the main rd.
    1000Bde Comd held a conference for CO's 6 and 9 DLI, A Coy 2 CHESHIRE Regt and
    rep 74 Fd Regt. Orders were issued for harassing fire to be put down in the
    area JUVIGNY to support the advance of 49 Div whose right fwd elements were
    disposed on the EAST bank of the R. SEULLES. 6 and 9 DLI to send out fighting
    patrols night 24/25. Confirmatory Notes of Verbal Orders issued . See -Appx H
    250600Move fwd of two fighting patrols began.
    06459 DLI reported spandau fire from the right flank from the direction of the X rds
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    835665 whilst an OP reported an enemy tank moving WEST to EAST along the main rd.
    08309 DLI reported the tp of tanks of 4/7 D.G. operating with 6 DLI destroyed
    one Mk IV tank at 837666. Three or four others were observed moving away
    from the X rds NW towards the positions of 231 Bde.
    1030Right patrol of 6 DLI reported that they were pinned to the ground by spandau
    fire and also MG fire from the tanks. Left patrol engaged the enemy at the track
    junc 834668 which fired upon them heavily.
    One pl B Coy 6 DLI reached 834667 and one pl. of C Coy 9 DLI reached the main
    rd at PONT de JUVIGNY at 843677.
    In addition to these strong fighting patrols the enemy in the MONTILLY area was
    engaged all day by our arty supported by by mortars and MMG of A Coy 2 CHESHIRE Regt,
    26Situation at first light,
    Patrols of 6 DLI engaged the enemy at 834667 and located one tk in the farm
    buildings in the area, 835667. This tank was one of those engaged yestarday
    which had halted the fighting patrols with MG fire, Three tanks were
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    heard moving during the night on the main rd towards HOTTOT.
    During the morning three enemy tks were seen leaving the MONTILLY wood in a
    S to SW direction and information was received from flanking formations that the
    enemy might be withdrawing slightly. Even more vigorous patrolling ordered
    with a view to keeping contact and harassing fire by arty, MMG and mortars was
    ordered to be put down in the area of the rd running SOUTH from JUVIGNY.
    1200Fwd coy Of 6 DLI established at 833672. Fwd coy of 9 DLI established at 844675.
    1400Patrols of 9 DLI reached PONT de JUVIGNY.
    1600Fwd coy 9 DLI in posn WEST of the main TILLY - JUVIGNY rd covering the junc of
    those rds at 844668.
    Situation at last light.
    During the day active patrolling by 6 and 9 DLI established that the eneny had
    withdrawn from MONTILLY wood but was still in posn with spandau posts supported by
    up to four Mk IV tks in the area 836668 in front of 6 DLL.
    Patrolling for night 26/27 was ordered as follows - one fighting patrol
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    6 DLI to 835666 with the task of engaging the enemy there with a recce patrol
    to X tracks at 838661 SOUTH of the main rd. 9. DLI to complete clearance of
    MONTILLY wood with another recce patrol to corner of wood 844663.
    27Nights patrolling found no enemy but an enemy tk was seen in area of X rds 834665
    which was fired upon by a P.I.A.T. Results not known. The day was spent
    active patrolling by both 6 and 9 DLI. One patrol of 6 DLI stalked a Mk IV tk in
    area 835666 for several hours but were unable to get within range for a shot from
    the P.I.A.T. mortar. One of the crew however who was seen standing on the tk
    apparently observing enemy shelling of our posns was shot at from 150 yds by two
    Bren guns and was seen to fall. This offensive action brought down spandau fire
    upon the patrol who were forced to withdraw.
    28A fighting patrol of 9 DLI to the church at JUVIGNY848665 met no enemy but another
    patrol to some houses at 843667 found them occupied by enemy firing spandaus and schmeisers
    0900A daylight patrol of 9 DLI in the direction of the JUVIGNY church and buildings in that
    area drew fire from spandaus. This area had previously been reported clear by night.
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    10308 DLI reverted to under comd, located as follows HQ 828694, A Coy 821685,
    B Coy 826696, C Coy 825686, D Coy 829684. 8 DLI were given a counter attack
    role in the event of enemy penetration of the front of 6 DLI or 1 Hampshire (231 Bde).
    For Confirmatory Notes of Orders Issued Verbally See Appx IAppx I
    Situation at last light
    Patrols during the day realised the following information. Enemy supported by
    one or two tks were found in the orchard 839666 with spandau posns EAST of the
    track along the hedgerow between 839665 and 843667. Two burnt out tks were observod
    at 841667 and 837667, type unknown. Enemy inf were engaged and one killed. Enemy
    posts were also located in the houses at 849667.
    29During night 28/29 a fighting patrol of 9 DLI was sent out to investigate the area
    of JUVIGNY church and building 848665. On arrival at objective two enemy soldiers
    were found near the buildings, one was captured the other escaped. There were also
    more enemy in that general area. PW identified as 1 Coy 192 PGR of 21 Pz Div.
    A patrol of 6 DLI set out to investigate the enemy post in orchard at 835665 and also
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    the wood SOUTH of the road 838665. During the course of the patrol two enemy
    tks were heard driving in the direction of HOTTOT and sentries seen in both the
    patrolled areas.
    Local patrolling throughout the day and harassing fire by arty, MMG and mortars
    was carried out.
    30Patrols 29/30 June set out to attack the buildings at 838667. On arrival on the
    objective grenades were flung through the doorway and building spayed with fire from
    Sten guns. As a result of this action two spandaus opened fire, one situated in each
    corner of the outhouses of the building. The patrol threw a bottle of petrol and
    more grenades and set the building on fire.
    Another patrol heard movement of heavy vehicles possibly tanks in the area of the
    wood 843663 but no enemy were seen.
    06458 DLI established a standing patrol in front of 9 DLI at 843667. Hawkins mines
    were laid across the main road.
    Patrolling activity continued throughout the day as a result of which 6 DII
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    6 DLI reported one enemy killed at 836666.
    1945Patrol progremme for night 30 June/1 July issued.Appx J.
    For the month of June since the invasion of France began casualties within
    the Brigade were as follows 1.
    Killed Wounded Missing
    Officers 13 50 8
    ORs 79 549 165
    The Brigade was in action constantly since D Day without a relief in the
    front line and the tps suffered considerable hardship from inclement weather.
    Heavy casualties were inflicted on the enemy in the course of various
    engagements and a total of 7 offrs and 351 PW were taken.
    D.S. Gordon Brig
    Comd 151 (Durham) Inf Bde