War Diary: 6th Green Howards

Month and year: July 1944

The 6th Green Howards July 1944 War Diary covers their actions and patrolling in the Longraye and Hottot area.

National Archive Reference: WO 171/1302

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794673Ref Maps 1/25000 Sheet 37/16 SW12000Bn still in occupation of the area NORTH of LA TAILLE. The
enemy continued to be active throughout the day and approx
250 shells and mortars fell within the Bn area.
TILLY-SUR-SUELLES 1/50000 Sheet 7E /1 CAEN22000Little to report along the Bn Front. Small groups of enemy
continued to harrass the fwd Coys without success. Further
shelling and mortaring of the Bn Area throughout the day.
30800Lt. Col. Cox Commanding 7th Green Howards visited the C.O. and
a recce of the Bn dispositions prior to the proposed
changeover was made.
1130Brig F Knox visited Bn. H.Q. and discussed details of the
changeover with the 2i/c (Major C Hull) in the absence of the C.O.
1530Relief of the Bn by 7th Green Howards commenced
2300Relief of the Bn by 7th G.H. almost complete and Command passed
to 7th G.H. at midnight.
The Bn moved into the reserve area of LA GALETTE(7768)
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and occupied fields astride the rd with Bn H.Q. 779685 S Coy
784671 B Coy 793693 C Coy 778686 D 778676.
77968541600Capt R.F. Barnes and Lieut B.J. Digweed joined the Bn as
reinforcements and were posted to D and C Coys respectively.
The RMO (Capt Jones RAMC.) rejoined the 186 Fd Amb and his
duties were taken over by Capt Wetherly-Mein RAMC.
5Active patrolling of the LONGRAYE area 7866) was Carried out by
A Coy during night 4/5 July.
1600Capt J. Milton (2i/c B Coy) assumed duties of Bn IO in place
.of Lieut. J. Clayton.
No contact with enemy along the Bn. front.
62000Active patrolling of the LONGRAYE area (7866) was again carried
out during night 5/6 July by D Coy. Daylight patrols were also
sent out to investigate suspected enemy activity in LONGRAYE
village .
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7796857Throughout the day a recce patrol and Mortar O.P. continued to
probe the area of LONGRAYE village.
8Further patrolling of the LONGRAYE area was continued throughout
the day. Very little enemy activity was observed.
91200Brigadier D.G. Gordon DSO Comd.151 Inf. Bde. visited the Bn.
to inspect Coy localities.
2000Daylight patrol continued to patrol the LONGRAYE area.
10D Coy patrolled the LONGRAYE area during night 9/10 JULY.
0915C.O. and I.O. proceeded to recce the area occupied by the 2 Essex
Regt. in sq 7675 prior to the relief of that Bn. by 6 G. H.
1200Bn moved out of the LA GALETTE area to take over from 2 Essex.
7656542030Relief Complete and Bn dispersed as follows: -Bn. H.Q. 765654
A Coy 773652 B Coy 767650 C Coy 767654 and D Coy 763652.
112000Slight enemy activity on the Bn Front throughout the day. At
2200 hrs Bn.H.Q. moved to new location at 766655.
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766655120800Active patrolling of the forward areas by C Coy during night 11/12.
2000Continues contact with small parties of enemy during day along
the Bn front. Mortar and MG positions located and engaged by
Arty with success.
130800Active patrolling of fwd areas by A and B Coy during night 12/13.
2000C Coy relieved by B Coy and moved into forward positions. Enemy
mortars which harrassed the fwd Coy during the day located
and engaged by Arty. one mortar Completely silenced.
2300C Coy engaged by enemy raiding party who came in shouting
"KAMERAD" - the forward section made ready to take PW's were
met with close range small arms fire. Casualties were inflicted
by the enemy and one man taken back by the enemy who appeared
to be badly in need of identification. D.F. tasks were called for.
140800Increased shelling and mortaring of fwd Coy during the night,
casualties reported. Active patrolling by D Coy during night 13/14
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At least four enemy patrols encountered. Enemy seemed very
much on the alert
7666552000Further shelling and mortaring of Bn area during th e day. The
result of the firing of Leaflets by 124 Fd Regt into enemy
lines, three PW's gave themselves up to C Coy.
150800C and D Coys heavilly shelled by enemy during night 14/15 -
no casualties.
1200B Coy relieved A Coy(fwd coy).
2000Slight shelling and mortaring of Bn area during day.
160800B Coy patrolled the fwd areas during night 15/16.
1600A Coy had one engagement with small party of enemy who crept
near to their fwd posns. Enemy engaged by S.A. fire and driven off.
2030B Coy fighting patrol went to the Copse at 779649 and engaged
8 enemy with Brens and 2"Mortar. Casualties inflicted on enemy.
Patrol returned intact.
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171015C Coy Completed move to new location in area 766655 so as to
maintain contact with 2 SWB's on our right.
2000A quiet day within the Bn area. No enemy movement seen or heard.
180700Much enemy tracked vehicle movement heard during night 17/18
in front of Bn positions
1200Daylight patrols into fwd areas discovered enemy in small numbers
occupying the Copse at 779649, they were engaged by Arty and MG fire.
2130Warning order issued to Bn to be ready to move forward from 2359 hrs.
190600During the night 18/19 B Coy was moved fwd to occupy positions
from 781641 to 785643 following the road SW of LE LION VERT
(7964). This was accomplished without incident. No enemy were
seen but numerous booby traps and mines were encountered.
7666550630D and C Coy ordered to move fwd
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D Coy moved fwd and took; up posns along the track NORTH of the
BOIS DE ST GERMAIN (7764) and SE to; the main HOTTOT (8266) -LA CROIX
DES LANSES (7763) road, to cover the right flank of the Bn advance.
This was Completed by 0800 hrs. Both B and D Coys reported enemy
AFV's in front of their posns and mines and booby traps were
encountered. By 1200 hrs Bn had approached the HOTTOT - LE LION VERE
rd at 783643 and progress towards the wood at 7963 was good.
At 1300 hrs 56 Bde on our right encountered stiff enemy resistance
NW od ST GERMAIN DECTOT (7762) and it was decided to withdraw the Bn
into posns N LE LANDES in area 7864. By 2300 hrs Bn was dispersed
as follows:- Bn.H.Q. at 785645, A Coy 784637, B Coy 787643, C Coy
789642, D Coy 781642, Throughout the day the Bn was accurately
shelled and mortared. A Coy encountered stiff enemy resistance
in the orchards at 784637; but with the aid of one Trp of 24
Lancers Cleared the place of spandaus which had held up the advance.
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785645200700Active patrolling of Bn LES LANDES area was carried out during
the day and enemy spandaus and mortar posns were located and
these were engaged by Bn mortars.
21Further recce parties were sent to the wood at 7963 and to LES LANDES
area, and gradually a clear picture was built up of enemy fwd
outpost line in front of the Bn posns. Whenever possible Bn
mortars engaged enemy spandaus and mortar positions. Coy areas
were subject to much enemy harrassing fire from shells and mortars.
785645Casualties were slight.
220700A Coy laid 2" mortar smoke screen on LES LANDES (785634) and also
:fired 2" mortar H.E. This op was successful in drawing enemy
spandau and mortar fire. These were difficult to locate.
Throughout the day there slight enemy activity along the Bn front.
230700C Coy patrolled the LES LANDES area during night 22/23. Slight
enemy shelling of Bn area during day otherwise the situation was quiet.
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24The area of LES LANDES was again patrolled by A and B coys during
night of 23/24. A quiet day was experienced with little interference
by the enemy.
251900A sudden concentration of enemy shell into the Bn area brought
a quiet day to a noisy end? Casualties were sustained.
2200Air burst barrage was put down over enemy fwd posns prior to
a propoganda broadcast which told the enemy of their awkward position
and assured them of honourable treatment as PW's if they surrendered.
2359Further concentration of enemy shells fell in C Coy area,
where further Casualties resulted.
261030The Div Commander S Maj.Gen.Graham, DSO. MC. ) visited Bn.H.Q.
and conferred with the Adjt in the absence of the CO who was
in the coy areas.
2100The enemy commenced to shell heavily the Bn area especially
area of cross-roads at 785643. This was kept up till midnight.
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785645270700Spasmodic shelling of Bn area during the night 26/27.
0800C.O. and I.O. of 1 Devons visited Bn. H.Q. and discussed with the
C.O. details of the relief of the Bn. By 1030 hrs the relieving
C.O. was on possession of complete details necessary for the
changeover.
2100Relief of the Bn commenced and was complete by 2330 hrs.
Bn marched to a rest area S of BAYEUX at LES FIETTLES(7773)
777328 )The Bn dispersed in the rest area as follows: - Bn.H.Q. 767728,
29 )A Coy 767727, B Coy 772726, C Coy 768729, D Coy 766729,S Coy
30 )766728. Bath parades were organised and various entertainments
31 )were provided including a visit from George and Beryl Formby.