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    War Diary: 69th Infantry Brigade HQ

    Month and year: July 1944

    The 69th Infantry Brigade HQ July 1944 war diary covers the unit HQs action and movements in Normandy and the actions of the 6 & 7 Green Howards and 5 East Yorks including extensive patrolling.

    Transcription notes:
    Entry for 18th 1500 The grid reference has been corrected from 287660 to 787660 as in the 7 Green Howards war diary

    Entry for 17th 1800 The grid reference has been corrected from 264676 to 764676

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/651

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    Page 1 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    Sheet 7F/1 50,000 7696921Patrols Night 30 Jun/1 Jul report LA POTERIE 7865 held by
    enemy. LA TAILLE was reported clear but LMG posts at 777656 -
    783658 and 777656. Bde HQ Def Pl patrol located MG posts at
    797663 and 798663. These posns were engaged with grenades
    and Sten fire by the Def Pl.
    1000Bde B Ech moves to 783695.
    113015 Pl, B Coy, 2 CHESHIRE relieved 13 Pl, at 1130 hrs.
    Enemy mortaring and shelling continued during the day -
    170 bombs or shells falling in 6 GREEN HOWARDS area.
    Difficulty has been experienced in locating enemy disposns
    on the Bde front owing to the enemys use of roving MGs at
    night and evacuation of dug-in posns during the day.
    Detailed Appreciation of Enemy FDLs at Appx "A"1.
    Daily Information Bulletin No 8 at Appx "B" 1.
    Page 2 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    70969225 E YORKS fighting patrols clashed with enemy post,
    estimated str 8, at 784655. Cas probably inflicted on enemy.
    LA TAILLE 7966, ONCHY 7965 and LA POTERIE 7865 engaged by
    3" and 4.2" mortars and 90 Fd Regt RA during the day in
    accordance with timed programme.
    1725Approx 20 mortar bombs in 5 E YORKS area. Immediate
    counter mortar action by 90 Fd Regt RA.
    1905Enemy 75 mm SP gun believed firing from 784646. Arty
    conc put down in this area but result not known.
    Daily Information Bulletin No 9 at Appx B 2.
    7696923Summary of Patrol Reports at Appx A 2.
    Through the night the enemy was more aggressive than of
    late. Spandau fire was on an increased scale and enemy
    patrols unusually near our own FDLs. It is possible that
    this increased activity is designed to cover up a relief on
    Page 3 of 33
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    the enemy's front. RA with 3" and 4.2" mortars fired on
    ONCHY during the morning,
    1000Orders issued for the relief of 6 GREEN HOWARDS by 7 GREEN
    HOWARDS night 3/4 July, at Appx C.
    Approx 27 shells and bombs fell in 6 GREEN HOWARDS area
    during the morning. Slight activity on Bde front during
    afternoon.
    Daily Information Bulletin NO 10 at Appx B 3.
    76969240400Summary of patrol reports night 3/4 Jul att at Appx A 3.
    Locations:- 5 E YORKS Bn HQ 772663; A Coy 775665; B Coy
    778664; C Coy 777652; D Coy 772668.
    6 GREEN HOWARDS Bn HQ 779686; A Coy 784671; B Coy 784684;
    C Coy 778684; D Coy 778676.
    7 GREEN HOWARDS Bn HQ 795674; A Coy 795674; B Coy 793664;
    C Coy 793670: D Coy 797667.
    Page 4 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    1200Bde Comd inspected personnel of Bde HQ.
    132010 Enemy aircraft flew near Bde HQ and strafed the area to
    the WEST.
    1800GOC 50 (N) Div visited 5 E YORKS
    82 shells or bombs fell in 7 GREEN HOWARDS area between 0001
    hrs and 2100 hrs. Cas 2 killed 10 wounded.
    Daily Information Bulletin No 11 att at Appx B 4.
    2215Two enemy deserters surrendered to 5 E YORKS. Identification
    276 Inf Div.
    7696925Summary of patrol reports night 4/5 July 44Appx A 4
    0215RE minesweeping party reported rd GRANVILLE - LONGRAYE
    clear of mines for 100 yds both sides of X rds 776654.
    Snipers reported area 780653.
    0600Two enemy deserters surrendered to 7 GREEN HOWARDS.
    Identification 276 Inf Div.
    Page 5 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    769692512153 enemy deserters surrendered to 5 E YORKS . Identification
    276 Inf Div 6 Coy II Bn 988 GR.
    152 shells or bombs fell in 7 GREEN HOWARDS area from 1130
    to 2130 hrs. Cas nil.
    Daily Information Bulletin No 12Appx B 5
    76969261430Summary of patrol reports night 5/6 Jul.Appx A 5
    Patrol to watch SOUTH end of LA POTERIE 7865 and to secure
    PW reports NMS. Bde area was generally quiet during day.
    Daily Information Bulletin No 13.Appx B 6
    7696927Summary of patrol reports night 6/7 Jul.Appx A 6
    Bde front quiet during morning. Active patrolling
    continued.
    Locations:- 7 GREEN HOWRDS B Coy 793670 C Coy 793664
    5 E YORKS D Coy relieved A Coy 2 ESSEX at 770659. Other
    locations unchanged.
    Page 6 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    7696927Daily Information Bulletin No 14, issuedAppx B 7
    7696928Summary of patrol reports night 7/8 Jul.Appx A 7
    Active patrolling continued with spasmodic enemy shelling
    and mortaring of Bde area.
    2 Enemy deserters were identified from 6 Coy 988 GR. 276
    Inf Div. The Bde Comd congratulate Sgt. Nattrass the leader of the O.P. Party for the excellent work
    during 7 July in the area of the orchard SOUTH of LONGRAYEAppx. F.
    Daily Information Bulletin No 15Appx B 8
    7696929Summary of patrols night 8/9.Appx A 8
    02206 GREEN HOWARDS reported that 2 enemy deserters had walked
    into their lines.
    04455 E YORKS reported that their pl of D Coy had arrived as
    ordered at the X rds of 776654. This move was carried out in
    view of the fact that the 2 ESSEX had reached last night the
    area 778644 and it was intended to move one coy 5 E YORKS
    0630eventually on to the X rds. 56 Bde reported 14 tks in area
    Page 7 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    76969290630779647
    0645Bde Comd ordered the remainder of D Coy 5 E YORKS not to
    join their pl on the X rds in view of this report.
    0700Comd 56 Bde visited the Bde Comd and reported that tks were
    believed to be in LONGRAYE 7866 and LA VARDERIE 7865.
    0720The two Polish deserters who came into 6 GREEN HOWARDS at
    0220 hrs were brought into Bde HQ. They were from II/988 GR
    and stated that they had 10 wounded and 10 killed in their pl.
    They had heard that other Poles had deserted to us and said
    they had no desire to fight for the Germans.
    07302 ESSEX reported they were being attacked by 20 tks and had
    KOd 3 at 768646.
    0750A recce patrol returning from LONGRAYE reported the situation
    normal.
    0815G1 50 (N) Div rang up to enquire about details of situation
    Page 8 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    76969290815and possibility of building up pl at X rds 7765.
    0845G 1 again rang up to state that it was possible that the
    enemy would attack between 2 GLOSTER and 2 SWB area 750630
    and asked that the remainder of D Coy 5 E YORKS be pushed fwd
    to area X rds .
    0905Bde Comd agreed and ordered 5 E YORKS to push D Coy fwd.
    0930GOC visited Bde Comd.
    13205 E YORKS report Coy now in posn on X rds 7265.
    1830Lt Col Richardson's raincoat and map case were brought into
    Bde HQ from area X rds 7765. Lt Col Richardson commanded
    7 GREEN HOWARDS and was reported missing on night 18 Jun,
    believed to be PW. His carrier was also found in good
    working order area X rds.
    1920What appeared to be a counter attack was reputed to be
    developing on 2 ESSEX, enemy mov SW across 5 E YORKS front.
    Page 9 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    76969291920Enemy subsequently shelled our posns but no attack took
    place and by 2055 hrs situation was again normal.
    2200Sitrep reported slight enemy shelling and mortaring of Bde
    area, throughout afternoon. Cas 1 wounded.
    2245Div informed us that there was some indication that the enemy
    might be pulling out on left of Div posn.
    23307 GREEN HOWARDS were ordered, in view of this, to put out a
    patrol to LA TAILLE and 6 GREEN HOWARDS were ordered to be
    ready to send patrol to ONCHY.
    Today is the eve of the anniversary of the landing by 50 (N)
    Div in Sicily. One year ago today at 2345 hrs the Div was
    lying off the island and last-minute preparations were being
    made for the first assault on Europe.
    Daily Information Bulletin No 16, issuedAppx B 9
    Page 10 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    76969210Summary of patrols night 9/10 Jul.Appx A 9
    05002 deserters one a Pole one a German, came into D Coy 5
    E YORKS from 7/987 GR 276 Inf Div.
    For details of enemy intentions and movements see PW
    statement contained in Information Bulletin 17Appx B 11.
    1300The re-shuffling of 6 and 7 GREEN HOWARDS began.
    7 GREEN HOWARDS are being relieved by 8 DLI and 6 GREEN
    HOWARDS are being relieved by 7 GREEN HOWARDS. 6 GREEN
    HOWARDS are mov into 2 ESSEX area, and 2 ESSEX are withdrawing
    slightly.
    1720The relief of 6 and 7 GREEN HOWARDS was completed. New
    posns are 7 GREEN HOWARDS Bn HQ 779686 A Coy 784671 B Coy
    778676 C Coy 778684 D Coy 784684. 6 GREEN HOWARDS Bn HQ
    767652 A Coy 773655 B Coy 774648 C Coy 772652 D Coy
    773649.
    Page 11 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    769692101030to 2030 hrs. 14 shells or bombs fell in old 7 GREEN HOWARDS
    area. No cas were suffered.
    Today is the first anniversary of the landing of 50 (N) Div
    in SICILY. The Div landed between 2359 to 0800 hrs, 10 Jul
    43, and by nightfall 69 Inf Bde had reached a pt 15 miles
    along the rd from AVOLA (where the landing took place) to
    MESSINA. Now, after exactly one year 50 (N) Div has completed
    34 days' of the second invasion of Europe, again as an Assault
    Div.
    Information Bulletin No 17 issued.Appx B 11
    76969211Account of patrols in Information Bulletin No 17" B 12
    0627A munition worker of Dutch nationality, who had
    escaped from SAARBRUCKEN walked into 6 GREEN HOWARDS lines.
    Full details in Information Bulletin No 17" B 12
    0700231 Bde began an attack on HOTTOT 9266. This attack was
    Page 12 of 33
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    769692110700aided by harassing fire put down throughout the day by 69 Bde
    in order to make the enemy think an attack as being put in
    from our front aswell, at the same time.
    769692110730Pl of C Coy 5 E YORKS took up posn on X rds 776654.
    1800Bn HQ 6 GREEN HOWARDS moved to 766655, as it was outside the
    Bde bdy in its last location.
    Information Bulletin No 17 issued.B 12
    2300231 Bde ended its attack short of HOTTOT. Heavy opposition
    was encountered in HOTTOT area. One pl of A Coy 6 GREEN HOWARDS
    was est in area of house 774652.
    76969212Summary of patrols night 11/12 Jul.A 10
    0737231 Bde FDLs reported as 813662 - 818662 - 824664 - 827667.
    1200A party from 233 Fd Coy RE lifted 2 Tellermines patt 42
    from the verge of the rd at 775655; the rd from 773657 to X
    rds 776654 was reported clear of mines.
    Page 13 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    769692121230 - 1530.During this period the NAAFI canteen visited the fwd
    Bns of the Bde, and Bde HQ.
    2050Relief of A Coy 7 GREEN HOWARDS was carried out by a coy of
    9 DLI. The line of the Bde bdy has not been fixed to cover
    this move.
    Information Bulletin No 18 issued.B 13
    769692131100Summary of patrols night 12/13 Jul.A 11
    1100GOC visited Bde HQ to discuss regrouping of bde with Comd.
    61 Recce Regt less one sqn are to take over area held by 7
    GREEN HOWARDS, 7 GREEN HOWARDS are to relieve 5 E YORKS, who
    are to go into Bde res area LA SENAUDERIE X rds 7868. C Sqn
    61 Recce Regt to take over fwd posns 7 GREEN HOWARDS this
    evening.
    Throughout the day enemy activity was slight.
    Page 14 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    769692131645RAF took oblique photos in front of 6 GREEN HOWARDS and 5
    E YORKS area.
    1800C Sqn 61 RECCE REGT came under comd 69 Inf Bde.
    20106 GREEN HOWARDS completed the mutual relief of their B and
    C Coys.
    2150C Sqn 61 Recce Regt relieved A Coy 7 GREEN HOWARDS. Troop
    locations are 780668786664788668786664. A Coy 7 GREEN
    HOWARDS now at 778684.
    2307Fwd sec 6 GREEN HOWARDS attacked by enemy patrol. Our cas
    3 killed.
    Information Bulletin No 19 issued.B 14
    76969214Summary of patrols night 13/14 Jul.A 12
    0100Minefd was laid from 790669 to 792666 as protection to our
    front and in order to make it possible for fewer tps to hold
    this front and thus give one Bn chance to go into res.
    Page 15 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    769692140200It was learned that the Sec of 6 GREEN HOWARDS who were
    attacked at 2250 hrs, were approached by several enemy who
    pretended to give themselves up. When the sec came out of
    their slit trenches to bring the enemy in, they were fired on.
    Cas now reported to be 3 killed, 1 missing.
    09004 deserters from I/988 GR and 2/988 GR gave themselves up
    to 61 RECCE REGT, C Sqn. See Information Bulletin No 20.B 15
    1230Relief of 5 E YORKS by 7 GREEN HOWARDS less one pl at X rds
    776654 (which is being relieved at 2300 hrs) completed.
    Locations as follows: 5 E YORKS Bn HQ 779664 A Coy 782689
    B Coy 778683 C Coy 784682 D Coy 778684. 7 GREEN HOWARDS
    Bn HQ 772662 A Coy 774667 B Coy 775665 C Coy 777663 D Coy
    777656. 61 RECCE REGT is at 795684. D Sqn at 782679.
    Information Bulletin No 20 issuedB 15
    2300Relief of pl 5 E YORKS on X rds 778654 by a pl 7 GREEN
    Page 16 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    769692142300HOWARDS was completed without incident.
    2359Minefd at 788664 laid to protect the front held by 61 RECCE
    REGT, was completed.
    76969215
    0830Recce party sent by 61 RECCE REGT to investigate farm at
    786668 saw movement and some enemy. They opened fire and
    this was returned in the form of single shots. A Cpl then
    appeared from the buildings waving a "Safe-Conduct" pamphlet,
    which had been shot over the enemy by the Fd arty on the
    previous evening. 1 Cpl 4 ptes from 7/988 GR were thus
    captured. See Information Bulletin No 21B 16
    1440PW from 2/988 GR brought in by 61 RECCE REGT, taken from
    area 788668. PW was drunk, so interrogation was not possible.
    1635Regrouping of Coys of 6 GREEN HOWARDS. Coy locations are
    now A Coy 773646 B Coy 774655 C Coy 768663.
    Page 17 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    76969216Summary of patrols 15/16 Jul .A 14
    0121A V1 Flying bomb was heard by various members of the Bde,
    passing overhead. It exploded a few miles SOUTH of BAYEUX.
    0910GOC 50 (N) Div visited Bde Comd and later 5 E YORKS & 7
    GREEN HOWARDS.
    102061 RECCE REGT reported enemy with approx 20 vehs on rd X rds
    7765 to LONGRAYE at approx 782658. This report was investigated
    throughout the afternoon by 7 GREEN HOWARDS whose patrols
    penetrated to LA POTERIE and saw no movement of enemy.
    Eventually at approx 1610 hrs it was conformed that NO met
    were in that area, but that parties of men from 7 GREEN HOWARDS
    had been moving in that area during the day.
    19306 GREEN HOWARDS relieved D Coy 2 GLOSTERS at 769649.
    1815A conical shaped frame like a kite covered with silver paper
    and suspended from a red balloon floated to the ground at 777664.
    Page 18 of 33
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    769692161815This is believed to ba an anti radar device dropped by
    either own or enemy aircraft. It has been sent to GSI Div
    and a report requested.
    Some mortar fire fell in the LONGRAYE area during the
    afternoon.
    Information Bulletin No 22 issued.B 17
    76969217Summary of patrols 16/17 July.A 1.5
    10505 E YORKS moved to new location astride rd LA BELLE EPINE
    7669 - LES ORAILLES 7666 in order to conc the Bde preparatory
    to an adv on the axis LES ORAILLES 7666 - LE LION VERT 7964.
    120061 Recce Regt less one sqn reverted from command, 61 Recce
    Regt is now grouped to operate on right flank of 50 (N) Div.
    C Coy 6 DLI took over their posn in area LONGRAYE.
    During the morning the enemy mortard LONGRAYE and LA VARDERIE
    without inflicting any casualties.
    Page 19 of 33
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    7696921718005 E Yorks completed their move to new locations. Their
    posns are now Bn HQ 764676, A Coy 759676, B Coy 763675, C Coy
    766676, D Coy 765681.
    One pl of 7 Green Howards moved to 783666.
    Information Bulletin No. 23 issued.B 18
    76969218Summary of patrols 17/18 Jul 44 see Inf Bulletin No. 24.B 19
    05303 Polish PW from 7/987 GR surrendered to D Coy of 7 Green
    Howards.
    07302 more Polish PW came into 7 Green Howards posns, also from
    7/987 GR. This Coy holds posns astride the road running SE
    from 777653. Statements from them indicated that the enemy
    were pulling out and leaving behind mines and covering parties.
    0900A patrol from 6 Green Howards (to verify above statement)
    to 773646 and 774644 reached the wood at 773646 and fired
    Brens into it; this was answered by strong Spandau fire.
    Page 20 of 33
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    769692181200A similar patrol to 781652 by 7 Green Howards collected 3
    deserters from 7/987 GR, on its way out and failed to contact
    the enemy.
    14007 Green Howards patrol to POTERIE FARM at 784656 reported
    buildings clear.
    1500A further patrol by 7 Green Howards to orchards at 787660
    saw no movement.
    1600A patrol by 7 Green Howards to est standing patrol with R/T
    in orchard 787660 contacted 3 enemy advancing from SW to
    orchard. Fire was exchanged and our patrol suffered cas
    one killed. One enemy believed wounded.
    1730A patrol by 7 Green Howards to the buildings at 788655 re-
    ported the area clear.
    A Thunderbolt fighter No.36583 burnt out, was found in the
    area immediately SOUTH of the buildings.
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    769692181730The patrol then moved EAST to 789656 and was fired on from
    789655 by a Spandau.
    19006 Green Howards sent a patrol to copse at 779649 and engaged
    it with Brens, no enemy fire was returned.
    Information Bulletin No.24 issued.B 19
    76969219During today the Bde has moved fwd to occupy posns vacated
    by II/987 GR and I/988 GR to a depth of approx two miles.
    When it became clear that the enemy was pulling out, fwd
    bodies of 6 and 7 Green Howards moved to occupy this ground.
    These were of Coy strength with supporting arms and were in
    constant touch with Bns.
    The main body of each of fwd Bns remained still.
    This was done to avoid ambushing of large bodies by the
    enemy in view of the extreme closeness of the country. When
    the fwd bodies reached the second report line, which was the
    Page 22 of 33
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    76969219main rd.
    LE LION VERT 7964 - rd june at 785643 the fwd bodies halted
    and their respective bns came up to them. This occured at
    approx 1600 hrs.
    See Inf Bulletin No. 25 Section A for summary of periodB 20
    19 Jul 44,
    7746572130The Bde is now located as follows Bde HQ 774657
    5 E Yorks Bn HQ 778651 A Coy 781645 B Coy 782650 C Coy 782653
    D Coy 777650. Two secs carriers at 770647.
    6 Green Howards Bn HQ 785646 A Coy 784638 B Coy 788643 C Coy
    789641 D Coy 784642.
    7 Green Howards Bn HQ 797644 A Coy 798647 B Coy 795647 C Coy
    795638 D Coy 798639
    Bde HQ moved to new location after last Bns F Echelon tpt had
    moved fwd, thus leaving the roads clear for Bde HQ vehicles.
    Page 23 of 33
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    77465719This was at approx 2015 hrs.
    2315An enemy aircraft flew over the Bde area in an easterly
    direction and straffed the area to the EAST of the Bde area.
    77465720Details of patrols night 19/20 Jul contained in Information
    Bulletin No. 25 Section BB 20
    0930A Recce patrol reported a Spandau at 785634, which fired on
    patrol when it opproached.
    10007 Green Howards Recce patrol to ORBOIS reported N.M.S.
    but a further patrol at 1105 hrs reported sound of movement
    and wireless oscillations at 795636.
    12005 E Yorks reported booby traps located on the track at
    781/651 and in the hedges at 778652 and 779652. Two of the
    booby traps were prepared 3 Kg charges and one was a grenade.
    All were operated by pull igniters and trip wires.
    One sec of the 5 E Yorks carrier pl is now at 775652 and one
    Page 24 of 33
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    774657201200at 773656.
    One pl of 6 Green Howards is now at rd junc 779640.
    1245Subsequently eight booby traps were removed from the same
    field. Four consisted of 3 Kg charges three of a pair of
    stick grenades and one of an egg grenade all operated by pull
    igniters attached to trip wires leading to slit trenches.
    Throughout the afternoon enemy shelling and mortaring of Bde
    area continued intermediately, particular in the area of the
    X rds at 796647.
    Information Bulletin No. 25 issuedB 20
    2155One Polish deserter came in through 6 Green Howards Lines
    from 7/987 GR.
    Results of this mans examination are incl in Inf Bulletin
    No. 26 para 4 sections (a) and (c)B 21
    Page 25 of 33
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    774657210630A Recce patrol from 6 Green Howards reported movement heard
    in LES LANDES785634.
    1000A Recce patrol from 7 Green Howards to ORBOIS CHATEAU 801637
    reported the CHATEAU as clear of enemy. Spandaus opened
    fire on the patrol from 803634 and 805636 and a section was
    identified as being located in the hedge row NORTH of the
    orchard at 803635.
    1100A patrol from 7 Green Howards located enemy at 804635.
    1435The GOC visited Bde Comd.
    1650On receiving a message from Div that enemy agents are tapping
    phone wires within area bounded by FDLS and Div HQ, the BM
    issued an order that R/T proceedure and security measures will
    in future be used when talking on telephones throughout the
    Bde.
    1730Bde Comd attended a conference at Div HQ. Subject -
    Page 26 of 33
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    774657211730future ops and intentions.
    Information Bulletin No. 26 issuedB 21
    Heavy rain throughout the day made living conditions most
    unpleasant.
    During the night 21/22 heavy mortar fire was put down by the
    enemy in area 5 E Yorks. No cas.
    7746572207306 Green Howards fired 12 rds 2" mortar into LES LANDES 7863
    to draw enemy fire. Spandau and small mortar fire from LES
    LANDES resulted.
    0835Enemy aircraft flew over Bde area, NW direction; smoking and
    losing height.
    The aircraft had previously been heard straffing rds in the
    area and was engaged by 25 LAA Regt RA.
    1400A carrier of 7 Green Howards was blown up the carrier appeared
    to have detonated a double teller mine laid at a depth of
    Page 27 of 33
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    7746572214002 to 21/2 ft. Thus the mines escaped detection when the rd
    was checked by REs. The mines had probably been driven
    over by many vehs before the shear wires was sufficiently
    worn through to allow detonation.
    Information Bulletin No 27 issuedB 22
    77465723Report on patrols for period 22 Jul - 23 Jul see Information
    Bulletin No 28.B 23
    07306 Green Howards carried out a small operation to draw enemy
    fire and ascertain if they were still holding LES LANDES. For
    details see Information Bulletin No 28.B 23
    1130Suspected enemy mortar posns at 801626 and 790626 engaged
    by 15 Hy Mortar Pl 2 Cheshire and 3" mortars of 7 Green
    Howards.
    19455 E Yorks readjusted their Coy who are now in posn as follows.
    A Coy has pls at 779649, 781651, 779652 B Coy has pls at
    Page 28 of 33
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    774657231945779649, 781651, 779652, C and D Coys posns unchanged.
    Inf Bulletin No. 28 IssuedB 23
    77465724Patrols for period 23/24 Jul see Inf Bulletin No. 29B 24
    06452 German PW from 7/987 GR gave themselves up to 6 Green
    Howards.
    Information obtained - see Inf Bulletin No. 29 para 3.
    11207 Green Howards sent out a patrol to deal with a German
    patrol seen in area of house 795637.
    12157 Green Howards patrol fired on house 795637 with PIATS.
    Enemy patrol withdrew towards LES LANDES.
    13001 Pole deserter from 987 GR came into 6 Green Howards.
    details of his statement are given in Inf Bulletin No. 29
    para 3.
    18007 Green Howards saw about 10 enemy NORTH Of CHATEAU ORBOIS and
    opened fire; one enemy cas was seen.
    Page 29 of 33
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    774657242100Corps Comd Lieut Gen G.C. Bucknall CB MC, visited Bde Comd.
    77465725Patrols for period 24/25 Jul see Inf Bulletin No. 30B 25
    During the night approx 20 shells fell in the area 7765-
    7760. 1 cas (wounded) in Bde HQ, 1 cas (Wounded) 99 A/tk
    Bty.
    05302 German deserters from 3/988 GR came into 7 Green Howards
    lines at 795637. For details of their statements see Inf
    Bulletin No. 30B 25
    1140GOC visited Bde HQ.
    18007 Green Howards moved C Coy to 795645 and B Coy to 795638.
    2000Broadcast by 21 A. Group team, assisted by Div IO to out-
    post line of 7/987 GR was carried out in front of 6 Green
    Howards.
    Details of broadcast in Inf Bulletin No. 31B 26
    77465726An uneventful morning.
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    774657261100GOC visited Brig and subsequently went on to visit 6 and
    7 Green Howards.
    1500Bde Comd 231 visited Brig Comd to discuss take over tomorrow.
    Information Bulletin No. 31 IssuedB 26
    6 Green Howards patrol during night went out to 790637 where
    they saw no movement but were mortared They then moved to
    pt 136 and saw no enemy in the house there. On investigation
    however enemy were observed approaching the house from LES
    LANDES. Two grenades were thrown at the enemy and spandau
    and rifle fire were encountered in reply. The patrol then
    returned to their own lines.
    This evening the Bde is to move into rest in the area 7972
    7917261600Bde HQ moved into the location vacated by 231 Bde HQ at
    791726
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    7917262617405 E Yorks relieved by 1 Hamps. 5 E Yorks now at 771721.
    2100Comd passes from 69 Inf Bde to 231 Inf Bde.
    23006 and 7 Green Howards relieved by 2 Devons and 1 Dorsets
    7 Green Howards now at 770733.
    6 Green Howards now at 769729.
    The situation remained generally quiet and there was little
    enemy activity during the relief.
    79172628The Bde spent the day in resting and administration of which
    it was much in need since this is its first day out of action
    since D Day. Bathing parties were sent to Bayeux. Full
    advantage was taken of the fine weather, and washing and gen-
    eral cleaning up was carried out, all day.
    Sports and games were also on the programme.
    79172629The rest period continues, and so mercifully does the fine
    weather. In the afternoon the bde attended a concert party
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    79172629given by George Formby and a small supporting cast, in the
    rear of the CHATEAU in Bde HQ area. This was much enjoyed
    and appreciated by all.
    After the performance the Bde Comd entertained George Formby,
    his wife and the rest of their party to tea in the mess.
    Soccer matches were played later in the afternoon between
    5 E Yorks and 6 Green Howards and 7 Green Howards and Bde HQ.
    79172630The Bde continues to enjoy its rest.
    In the morning there were church parades for all denominations.
    The final of the Bde Soccer tournament was played in the
    afternoon between 5 E Yorks and 6 Green Howards. Result
    6 Green Howards 3 5 E Yorks 2.
    Another sunny day much appreciated by everybody.
    56 and 231 Bdes today put in an attack on the enemy on their
    respective fronts. It is possible that 69 Bde may shortly
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    79172630have to pass through 56 Bde if the enemy withdraws, which he
    may be forced to do owing to the successful attacks by the
    American Forces and 8 Corps on our right flank.
    31Bde remains in rest area. Bde Comd visits 56 Bde from which
    69 Bde may have to take over on 1 Aug.
    Bde HQ played a football match against 50 Div Sigs. 50 Div
    team won.
    In the evening the officers of Bde HQ were invited to the
    CHATEAU the grounds of which formed the Bde rest area.
    The following O.O. were issued during the month
    69 Inf Bde. O.O. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9appx D, D1, D2, D3, D4
    69 Inf Bde. ADM. INSTR. Nos 9.10.appx E, E1.