War Diary: 6th Airborne Armoured Recce Regt

Month and year: July 1944

The July 1944 War Diary for the 6th Airborne Recce Regiment covering their actions in July around Le Mesnil, ending with them taking taking responsibility for defence of bridges.

National Archive Reference: WO 171/435

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Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
118758 1 2 Troops A Sqn and Sqn HQ plus 4 M.M.G.HQ Sqn at LE MESNIL 1372, Remainder
in Rest Area.
2 0700 Mortar Troop sent up to LE MESNIL to support attack by 8 Para Bn.; Attack
not put in and Mortar Troop returned.
3 2000 Tpr Lammell was sent up to LE MESNIL to participate in a POLISH broadcast;
owing to technical difficulties broadcast was not made, but Tpr Lammell
acted as interrogator of two POLISH deserters.
4 1830 Two ME 109 over Regimental area engaged by captured German AA Gun, and One,
unconfirmed, claimed shot down.
5 0200 Tpr Lammell participated in POLISH broadcast in the area LONGUEMARE 1475.
0900 M.M.Gs moved forward to positions in orchards area 144728.
-- Proposal for Tanks to operate in support of attack on LE MESNIL not
carried out.
6 2100 At 142726 12 Russian deserters identified as 642 Bn OST came in through
forward left M.G. post.
7 1330 During the course of a patrol by 12 Para Bn., at approx 145730, party were caught
by M.G. fire from enemy posts supposed to be empty; Lt O'Hanlon went forward
alone to give covering fire and received a bullet wound in the thigh.
8/9 Nothing to Report.
10 1200 F.W. 190 shot down by Unit AA Gun crew (unconfirmed).
11 First issue of bread 4oz per man.
12 Nothing to report.
13 2200 Tpr Lammell participated in POLISH broadcast oin LE MESNIL area.
14 1445 Approx 10 M.E. 109 crossed Regimental area from EAST to WEST and were
engaged by AA Fire.
15 Road making begun across the Regimental area from Rd Junc 118757 to Bridge
at 115761.
16/17 Nothing to Report.
18 0630 In connection with operation GOODWOOD 1 Jeep with 22 Set sent to
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
118758 18 cont co-operate with B.B.C. Recording van at BREVILLE 1374
1100 Regiment placed at 1 hours notice to move to Recce forward in the event of
an Enemy withdrawl toward CABOURG.
2245 Enemy aircraft attacking vehicle movements in area 1175 dropped A/P Bombs
in quarries adjacent to Regimental area.
19 Under Divisional arrangements Regiment provided listening sets on 11 Armd
Guards Armd and 3 British Div nets.
20 0900/1230 Listening on 11 Armd Div net.
1230 on Listening on Guards Armd and 7 Armd Div nets.
21 Very heavy rain flooded area, R.H.Q. dugout evacuated.
22 Nothing to report.
23 Recce of disabled tank (knocked out on June 7th) carried out.See attached report Appendix 'A'
24 Observer from forward M.G. post saw Enemy party of four men wearing red
berets at 145730; two were killed by snipers.
25/26 Nothing to report
27 0130/0200 Raid by Enemy Aircraft in area 1175. 2 Canisters of A/P Bombs fell in
Regimental area, and 1 Canister in area A Sqn HQ at 135726. 3 Large craters
from H.E. Bombs in right forward troop area.
28/29/30 Nothing to Report.
31 Placed under command 5 Para Bde with responsibility for defence of Bridges
in 1074