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    War Diary: 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles

    Month and year: May 1944

    The 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles May 1944 War diary covers the units time in Droxford camp (A9) and practising LCI(L) embarkation and disembarkation.

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/1384

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    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    Grenville Hall,DROXFORD. Camp A97thField Firing Exercise at Kithurst Field Firing Range for Headquarters
    and Support Companies.
    8thB & D Companies at Southampten on Street Fighting Exercise.
    Anti-Tank Platoon shoot at Herdle House A tk range.
    9thSenior Officer for Physical Training arrived and stayed with the Battalion
    until 10th May.
    10thTEWT for Company Commanders at East Riding Yeomanry HQ
    11thS Company at old Winchester Hill 3" Mortar Range carrying out 3" Mortar shoot.
    16thVisit by major Generals Evetts, Steele and Brunskill.
    17thA & C Companies on Field Firing Exercise at Butser Hill Field Firing Range
    in morning, B & D Companies in the afternoon.
    Landing Craft Infantry leading practice carried out by Battalion.
    Testing of Respirators carried out in mobile gas chamber.
    18th1030The 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.
    1600Visit by Major General RH Lorie.
    19thVisit by General Sir Bernard Montgomery. He arrived at 1100hrs and spoke
    to the Bn on parade. He stayed for lunch in the Officers Mess and left at
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    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    19thOfficers and members of the Serjeant's MESS visited 1st Bn of the Regiment
    at Bulford.
    20thPractice LCI(L) loading at SOUTHSEA and disembarkation at GOSPORT.
    Visit by General EISENHOWER to 3 Br Inf Div. 100 All Ranks represented
    the Bn.
    21stBde Comds briefing for Operation "OVERLORD"
    22ndInspection by H.M. The King of the 9 Br Inf Bde at HAMBLEDON - 500 All Ranks
    represented the Bn.
    25thCamp sealed in preparation for briefing.
    26thBriefing commenced.
    30thBattalion moved to concentration area at Camp A7, WATERLOOVILLE