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    War Diary: 5th-bn-duke-cornwall-light-infantry

    Month and year: July 1944

    The 5th Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI) July 1944 War Diary covers the units actions in the area around Colleville and Canteloup

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/1280

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    COLLEVILLE10430The Bn was firmly established in the
    village The only contact with the
    enemy was by our night patrols. There
    was considerable enemy shelling and mortaringAppx A. Patrol reports
    of our posns, which did no material
    damage but caused the following cas:
    4 ORs killed, 13 ORs wounded, 1 OR missing.
    There was a contact patrol to 4 WELCH.
    The Bn had by now learnt from
    experience the need for digging deep slit
    trenches, if possible with overhead cover
    as protection against enemy shelling and
    mortaring Orders were issued by Lt Col
    James that all ranks would stay by
    their slit trenches at all times unless
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    COLLEVILLE1they had some special task
    2If was a quiet day for the Bn. Mortar
    was rather less than of late Divine
    services were held in the Coys areas
    and at Bn H.Q. during the morning,
    conducted by our own Padre and the Corps
    padre. Our casualties today were 1 Offcr
    (Capt J.B.B. aimers) killed, 1 OR wounded
    and 8 other causes???.
    During the day streams of refugees
    passed through COLLEVILLE, many of them
    with carts containing their few precious
    belongings. They were mostly aged or very
    young and in many cases were able
    to supply valuable inform about strengths
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    COLLEVILLE2and dispositions in the area VERSON-JUMEAUX
    and ROCREUIL. Some gave vivid accounts of
    the RAF bombing of BARON. all This inform
    was passed to Bde.
    The roads at this time were extremely
    dusty and it points all along the roads
    one could see signs : "DUST BRINGS
    SHELLS" etc. The weather was extremely hot
    and the resultant smell from dead animals
    was most unpleasant This, together
    with immeasurable flies, caused the
    medical authorities some concern, but
    all ranks kept remarkably fit. Many
    of us tasted for the first time the
    famous Normandy cider of which there was
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    COLLEVILLE2plenty in the village COLLEVILLE.
    A German "Beetle" tank which
    had not exploded was found by B Coy
    near the railway.
    3During the day the C.O. received
    orders from the Bde Comd that the Bn
    would proceed night 3/4 July to occupy
    FONTAINE - ETOUPEFOUR, a village just
    South of the ODON, as a preliminary to
    a 2 Bde (129 & 130) attack. The following
    day. This attack would proceed as soon
    as the Cdn attack on CARPIQUET
    aerodrome was successful the C.O. with
    the aid of excellent air photos made an
    outline plan and issued orders to his "O" Gp
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    COLLEVILLE3showing proposed Coy areas, in FONTAINE
    ETOUPEFOUR which would be subject to
    alteration on the ground.
    On Bn Orders in the field No 1 the following
    promotions were announced.
    62185 T/maj Rw James :- promoted A/Lt Col
    w.e.f. 28 June 1944, vice
    T/Lt Col G Atherton T.D. killed
    in action Appointed C.O.
    187779 WS/Lt P.J.P. Luget: :- promoted A/Capt wef
    29 June 44, vice T/Capt
    P.E.G. Coode, killed in
    action. Assumes comd
    of HQ. Coy.
    172244 WS/Lt D.V. Willcocks :- promoted A/Capt wef
    2 Jul 1944 vice T/Capt JBB Aimers
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    COLLEVILLE3killed in action.
    Todays cas were 1 OR killed, 50 ORs wounded
    and 4 ORs from other causes.
    4130The Bn moved in brilliant moonlight
    to FONTAINEETOUPEFOUR. B, C, Bn HQ went
    along the rly line, thence via VERSON,
    whilst D and A Coys went by the road
    South of the rly. The Bn was subjected to
    considerable mortar fire along the line of
    its route. It was not known when
    the Bn set out whether FONTAINE
    ETOUPEFOUR was held by the enemy,
    so a high degree of alertness was
    necessary throughout the whole night
    330On arrival at the new area
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    4there were no signs of the enemy, but Coys
    dug in immediately and the C.O. visited
    all Coy areas before and during first
    light to coordinate the defensive layout,
    which needed no alteration from the prev.
    plan as decided from the air photos
    the C.O. issued strict orders that all
    ranks would remain concealed during
    the day as there was no reason to
    suppose that the enemy was aware that
    the Bn had moved into the area.
    It was a bold move as the Bn formed
    a salient, being the only British tps South
    of the ODON.
    The Bn task was to hold the road
    running SW.
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    4from FONTAINEETOUPEFOUR which was to be a
    Start Line for a two bde attack. One
    Coy 7 Som Ll. was sent to VERSON to
    protect our left flank. Just after daybreak
    our fwd Coys spotted some Bosche and
    4 P.W. were brought in. An O.P. was
    established and a great deal of useful
    infm was obtained, also targets for our
    arty. We were also able to see
    Some of the Battle of CARPIQUET. This
    battle was slower than had been
    expected due to stiff German
    resistance ,so owing to a rather
    dangerous flank the Bn was withdrawn
    during the evening under orders from Bde,
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    FONTAINEmoving off at 2330 hrs. The march back
    ECOUPEFOURwas quiet, and a contrast to that
    of the previous night. During the day
    one OR was wounded.
    COLLEVILLE5100Bn arrived at COLLEVILLE and
    carried on normal activities in a
    counter-attack role.
    During the evening the mortar pls of
    the three Bns of the Bde put down
    a concentrations on targets near VERSON,
    with the object of inducing the enemy
    to believe that VERSON was still
    occupied.
    A draft of 6 offs and 68 ORs
    arrived to replace Bn casualties.
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    COLLEVILLE5the names of the Offers were:-
    CDN/298 Capt J.H.J. Gauthier DCLI. Canada
    CDN/290 Lt B.D.J. Comolli " "
    CDN/300 Lt m. Hardy " "
    251282 Lt M. Michavid " - ???
    CDN/279 Lt. M.C.P. Rush " Canada. ???
    156503 w/Lt T.J.J. Aylwyn R.Sussex
    Once again cas were light 1 OR wounded.
    6The area was again quiet apart
    from occasional shelling which continued
    throughout the day. Shellreps were sent to
    Bde. Contact patrols were sent out at
    night to liaise with various units:
    1 Worcs and units of 53 Div
    7Spasmodic shelling throughout the
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    7day, otherwise no enemy activity
    1900We were very pleased to witness the RAF
    bombing of CAEN by a strong force of
    heavy bombers which passed over us
    on their return journey. Lt was learnt
    next morning that a message of thanks
    had been sent from the 2ad Army to
    the bomber crews who took part in
    the raid.
    COLLEVILLE8The day was quiet except for slight
    mortar and anty fire and the Bn
    was preparing to move again to
    FONTAINEETOUPEFOUR to take up our
    previous posns. Bn moved off at dusk
    and this time all went by the road
    route.
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    8One casualty today 1 OR wounded
    FONTAINE90015On arrived at new locns with Coys
    ETOUPEFOURin original posns, but Bn Hq was
    established in a large house with
    slit trenches in the garden. An OP.
    was established at first light, in the
    attic, from which enemy movement
    was observed. Patrols were sent out. There
    was considerable mortar and arty fire
    on our area and some cas. including
    some in one of the patrols which
    ran into shellfire.
    The following Offrs were casualties
    today: CDN/279 W/Lt Rush m.e.p.
    killed in action.
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    FONTAINE9124845 T/maj A.F.C. Kitchen was wounded
    ETOUPEFOURand 1 O.R. was killed, 21 wounded.
    100530130 and 129 Bdes of 43 Div passed
    through us to attack Hill 112 and
    high ground to right and left
    and met with considerable enemy
    opposition. The first objectives were captured
    and many P.W. sent back 4 Som L.l.
    came up against such strong opposition
    that the Bn was ordered to attack
    Hill 112 to ease the pressure. The
    1800Bn moved up, the attack being
    scheduled for 1930 hrs.
    HILL 112PMThe attack progressed during the eveningAppx B.
    and fwd coys came to grips with the
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    HILL 11210enemy in a wood just this side of pt112
    the enemy had this to assist his
    inf and during fierce fighting we
    suffered considerable cas, but held
    the wood during the night. There was
    heavy mortar and arty fire on
    our posns but our own arty fire
    on the enemy was even heavier.
    Cas known up to midnight were
    9 wounded, 1 died of wounds, 2 exhaustion.
    /11During the morning the fwd coys
    withdrew from the wood and reorganised
    as best they could, and once again
    entered the wood which they held for
    several hours but again had to withdraw.
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    HILL 11211and this time the Bn was only a coy
    Group, took up a position our side of
    the wood and remained there until relieved.
    In the early hours of the morning, whilst
    still in the wood, the Bn had the misfortune
    of loosing its second Commanding officer
    Since we had been been in action whilst
    directing arty fine from a posn in a
    tree, an action which made the any fire
    particularly accurate and caused many
    casualties amongst the enemy.
    The casualties were as follows:-
    62185 A/Lt Col R.W. James killed in action
    292132 W/Lt Greenacre G.P. Hill 112
    189368 W/Lt King G.S.
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    HILL 1121166135 T/Maj Vandrey G.A.L. }killed in action
    CDN/10 W/Lt Arthurs R.B. }Hill 112
    57029 T/Maj Roberts A.W.U }
    95618 T/Capt Jobson T.H. }Wounded in action Hill 112
    138757 T/Capt Nunn J.H. S. }
    273645 W/Lt Riches. C.F. }
    145869 T/Capt Portrait. A.D. }
    286411 W/Lt Gibson J.G. }
    63927 T/Maj Fry. J.E.E. wounded but remained
    on duty and commanded the Bn until
    Lt. Col. G. Taylor assumed comd.
    149793 T/Capt C.L. Blackwell }missing believed killed.
    CDN/290 W/Lt Comolli B.D.J. }
    25 O.Rs. were Killed
    152 " " wounded
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    HILL 1121127 O.Rs. missing
    other casualties:- 26 shell-shock, 9 exhaustion
    2 PoW and 1 died of wounds. 56 graves were
    later found on Hill 112.
    12The day was quiet as for as action
    was concerned but there was almost
    continuous arty and mortar fire. There
    was no counter attack by the enemy but
    some came back into the wood and
    remained there. Our own arty was in
    action almost continuously. There was an
    O.P. on the left flank all day. No
    signs of enemy. Standing carrier patrol
    nearby.
    13We were told that we were to be relieved
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    HILL 11213today and then we were to go back some
    distance and reform as quickly as possible.
    1500The Bn left Hill 112 and marched to
    Bas de mouen and there remained for
    several days. Immediately on arrival the
    order was "dig in", wash and get a good
    sleep," this was carried out, the latter
    being much needed by all.
    BAS de MOUEN14The day was spent in Kit check and
    replacement of losses etc., and the good
    weather assisted a great deal as there was
    much to be done.
    The following offrs were posted to us from
    33. R.H.U. w.e.f. 14th July 44 :-
    52651 T/Capt Hingston. F.B. DEVONS.
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    BAS de MOUEN.14104622 W/Lt Owen. C.E. BEDS and HERTS
    308484 2/Lt Bishop J.P.A. SUFFOLK.
    311474 2/Lt Goudge . L.P. NORFOLK.
    32461 T/maj Taylor. G. (W. YORK.R.) posted to
    the Bn and assumes the
    appointment of Commanding officer with
    rank of A/Lt Col.
    63607 T/maj Martin R.A. St. G (OXF and BUCKS)
    posted to this Bn from 2/7 Royal Warwickshire
    Regt w.e.f. 14 July 44 and assumes appointment
    of 2i/c. Over a period 14th 15th and 16th
    received the following drafts :-
    From 32 R.H.U. w.e.f. 12th July
    53 O.Rs. LANCS FUS.
    From 33 R.H.U. w.e.f. 12th July
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    BAS de MOUEN144 O.Rs. WARWICKS.
    3 O.Rs. QUEENS
    6 O.Rs NORFOLK
    14 O.Rs. R.W.K.
    1 O.R DEVON.
    26 O.Rs. BEDS and HERTS.
    1 O.R. R.F.
    4 O.Rs. BUFFS.
    From 105 Corps Reception Camp w.e.f.
    14 July 44 :-
    3 O.Rs. LOYALS.
    1 " 9 D.L.I.
    1 " 10 D.L.l.
    1 " 11 D.L.l.
    37 " LEICESTERS.
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    BAS de MOUEN14190 O.Rs. 1st and 4th D.C.L.I. w.e.f.
    15 July 44.
    The following officers were posted to the Bn
    w.e.f. 16 July 44 :-
    100027 T/maj Colwill. D.C.L.I.
    149837 T/Capt Morrish. V.O.
    1224104 Lt. Proctor. H.
    276377 Lt. Scott. G.R.C. argyll + Sutherland Highlanders
    258044 Lt. Durden. F.P.
    106477 T/Capt. Marrian. F.P.
    303343 Lt. Olding J.
    311374 2/Lt. Williams B.M.
    The Order of Battle - offrs is attached to
    this Diary as appendix Z.
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    BAS de MOUEN15The reforming of the Bn continued at fall
    speed today and the reinforcement were
    absorbed into their respective Coys, or to
    specialist appointments. The area was very
    quiet and no shelling occurred in our lines.
    On Battalion Orders in the field No 6, the
    new Commanding Officer gave this message as
    an 'order of the Day:-
    "On taking over command of this fine Bn,
    I would like all Ranks to Know how
    honoured I feel. Our immediate task is
    now to reorganise, absorb our new commades
    and then go forward to destroy finally the
    enemies of our Country and of all decent
    men."
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    BAS de MOUENIt was arranged for a certain percentage
    of the Bn., to go to Bayeux, one party at
    1500 hrs. and another at 1700 hrs. The first
    party left as arranged but the second
    party was unable to go due to the fact
    that all ranks were ordered to their slit
    trenches for operational reasons, as a
    terrific arty barrage was to be put onto
    the enemy, and retaliation was expected,
    However, it did not come in our area.
    16The Bn area remained very quiet as far
    as enemy interference was concerned, but
    refitting went on at full speed and was
    nearly completed by evening. There was
    almost continuous arty fire from our nearby gun areas.
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    BAS de MOUEN.16a "Special Service" (S.S.) Pl was formedSee appx K
    17The Bn was completely reorganised this morning
    and orders were received to move fwd to
    relieve the 4 Som. L.l. in the area of GOURNAY.
    The day was spent preparing for the move.
    The move was to be carried out with the
    minimum tpt. Battle Cadre and drafts were
    moved back to 'B' Ech at 2200 hrs. Later
    in the evening there was some activity by
    German planes which caused 10 Casualties.
    1 O.R. killed, 9 O. Rs. Wounded. "B" Ech Tpt
    and marching tps passed through a bombing
    attack on our guns.
    2330at this hour leading troops of the Bn.,appx. "E"
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    BAS de MOUEN17moved off for GOURNAY in "false moonlight"
    by Searchlights There was very little shelling
    or mortaring.
    GOURNAY180230all the Bn, were in new posns.
    0530The Bn., had the pleasure of watching the
    R.A.F's. bombing attack on targets near CAEN.
    afterwards we found out that a big attack
    had been started by 7th, 11th and Gds armd
    Divs.
    1100The Bde Comd ordered all the Bn to
    their slits because our arty was to pound
    HILL 112 area and retaliation was expected
    11055 D.C.L.I. Op. Order issuedappx "C"
    2330Patrols sent out for contact andappx "A"
    ambush
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    GOURNAY19The day was spent quietly except for
    some shell and mortar fire. During the
    night patrols were again sent out -
    ambush recce and contactAppx "A"
    20Today, as yesterday was a quiet one
    for the Bn. Our arty has been very
    active also our 3 inch mortars.
    21This morning it is very wet and at
    0900 hrs the commanding officer decided to
    move his HQ to a house at 958643
    about 150 yds from here. The old
    Comd. Post had 1 ft 6 inches of water
    in it at 1045 hrs. During the afternoon
    orders were received to the effect that
    5 D.C.L.I. would relieve 7 Sem??? L.l. on HILL 112.appx"D"
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    GOT TO HERE - PAGE WAS MISSING
    GOURNAY212300The Bn started to take over HILL 112 and was in
    posn at 0200 hrs July. There was some shelling
    but no casualties.
    HILLL 112220430100% "Stand To" during which time the Commanding
    Officer toured Cots and on his return expressed
    his pleasure at the quietness of "Stand to". However
    at first light reports showed that enemy snipers were
    active. During the day 5 Snipers were shot and
    1 of our O.Rs was wounded.
    2355The Bn had to create a diversion by firing
    its mortars and MGs while 1 Worcs attacked to try
    to link up with 129 Bde who had attacked MALTOT.
    Enemy sent over a few mortar bombs but this was
    a very feeble effort compared with ours.
    230830It was a great shock to all the Bn when it
    was learnt that 100027 Major F.J.Colwill had
    been killed by an enemy sniper. The C.O.
    immediately sent out a patrol to carry out
    reprisals on the enemy. The patrols reported
    back with good results.
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    HILL 112231100A German dog was shot by Capt HOLLAND, the first to be
    shot by 5 DCLI.
    1200another sniper was shot, by Cpl SMITH of "A" Coy. Cpl Smith
    got him with third shot at good range.
    1400Good work was done by Pte HONES who went fwd alone
    through enemy lines and found the posns of two enemy
    mortars. The C.O. considered this fine work and awarded
    him 48 hours "Left out of Battle" at B Ech.
    1530L/Cpl BOLT did a fine recce alone and brought back
    valuable infm, from which our arty did some good shooting.
    2240The Bn was heavily shelled and we were sorry to
    heat that 106477 Capt F.P. MARRIAN had been very wounded.
    This officer was completely fearless in the execution of his
    duty. Capt Marrian died of wounds soon after leaving the
    RAP. for C.C.S. There were also 4 ORs wounded. Our arty
    put down a very heavy barrage on the enemy which
    caused one of his vehicles to catch fire.
    240400B Coy reported 2 enemy tanks about 200 x fwd of their
    posns. They were quickly dispersed by our arty fire which
    was quickly ordered by the C.O. on receiving the infm.
    0600B Coy fwd platoon was amazed to see the Germans
    parading under some trees fwd of their posns.
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    HILL12224A runner was dispatched to Coy HQ with an urgent request
    for arty fire. One Coy Comd immediately phoned the adjt,
    Capt W.a.R. GORMAN who was having breakfast. Although it
    meant ruining Compo Sausage he rushed to the wireless
    to order fire. Meanwhile B Coy who were watching the
    Germans were very sorry to see the parade fall out for
    a few minutes, but as if to coincide with the arty they
    fell in again and were once and for all dismissed by
    6 - 25 pr shells.
    1028Another Sniper was shot by B Coy before he did harm.
    During the day the Bn was shelled and mortared and
    7 ORs were wounded. Our arty shelled the enemy almost
    continuously, which was believed to have caused great
    damage in men and material.
    2345Patrols were sent out for various reasons : recceAppx A
    250500Enemy again mortared us and 104622 Lt C.E. OWEN
    was wounded also 8 ORs.
    0600We were informed this morning that we were to
    be relieved from HILL 112 by a Bn of the MONMOUTHSHIRE
    Regt. Instructions were issued by the C.O. that relief
    would be carred out a pl at a time and when
    marching, tps would keep 20 yards between men to
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    avoid casualties. On being relieved the Bn was to move to
    the MOUEN area, where it would stay the night before
    going back to CHOUAIN, a rest area.
    1200The handover began, for a change it was extremely
    quiet except for a few shells falling near the tanks on
    our right. The Commanding Officer and a small party
    were the last to leave at about 1500 hrs. A board now
    stands on Hill 112 marked "CORNWALL HILL 1944." This
    was an idea of the Bde comd.
    MOUEN251700The Bn was in its new area.Appx "F" and "G"
    During the evening the Commanding Officer issued orders
    for the following day also his intentions for the rest
    period. The night was not a peaceful one for there
    was enemy air activity, also we were very near the 5.5s
    which were supporting the Canadians in the CAEN area
    and were firing almost continuously.
    26The Bn passed the Bn Start Point at 0855 hrs where
    the Bde Comd watched them go by. a little further
    along the road the Div. Comd. Stood and was extremely
    pleased with the Bns Marching and turn-out. He stated
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    26the best in the Div.
    CHOUAIN.1400Bn HQ was set up in the school.Appx "J"
    During the day each man received a
    pint bottle of beer, 40 cigarettes and 2
    bars of chocolate. Orders were given for
    each man to have a bath and to
    put on clean clothing.
    Maj Foy wrote " Lessons learned recently"
    27Today was spent on Kit check and
    rifle inspections. Soap was issued for
    men to their launday. In the
    afternoon and evening the were ENSA
    Shows and two Cinemas which a
    certain number of the Bn were able
    to visit.
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    CHOUAIN.28During the morning 27 O.Rs., leaded by
    the Pnr Offr Lt Birchenall, went to
    Bayeux to a mines exhibition.
    During the afternoon there were further
    Cinema and ENSA Shows, this time
    some of the Bn enjoyed witnessing
    George Formby and his wife Beryl.
    2330The Bn received orders to the effect
    that they would move into the line
    again tomorrow 29 July. He would
    be near the American Sector near
    St LO :- LA PAUMIERE near CAUMONT.
    29This morning the Commanding officer
    made his recce and on return
    issued his orders. There was much
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    CHOUAIN.29work done by the Bn in preparing to
    1255move and at 1255 hrs marching
    tps left for the res area. On the
    line of march the Commanding officer
    spoke to each Pl in town, and told
    them that they were moving to take
    part in the decisive Battle of the
    1700War. Tpt left at this time: A &
    F Echelons fwd, B Echelon back to
    43 Div admin area.
    La PAUMIERE1800The Bn arrived at its new location
    awaiting orders to move forwardAppx "M"
    30During the early hours of the morning
    there was some enemy air activity
    in which 2 O.Rs. were wounded by
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    La PAUMIERE30AP Bombs.
    The rest of the day was spent in
    preparing for the move forward.
    31The Bn remained at LA PAUMIERE
    for most of the day, but in the
    evening orders were received to move
    to the area of CANTELOUP, as CAHAGNES
    which was expected to bar new progress,
    was reported clear of enemy. Bn
    concentrated 709598 outside CAUMONT,
    then quicklift to CANTELOUP.