War Diary: No 3 Commando

Month and year: July 1944

The No 3 Commando war diary for July 1944 follows the units continued fighting while based in Chateau d'Amfreville.

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Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
CHATEAU d'AMFRIOVILLE 1 0800 Low flying enemy plane sighted and fired on by our A.A.
0935 Message from Bde : 4 Commando snipers will operate all area LONGUEMARE FARM,
1030 1 Troop reports that 4 shells of doubtful origin have fallen in forward area.
1035 I.O. informs Bde of report. Reply says that we must assume shells are of
enemy origin and to report if further shells fall closer to our posns.
1100 Captain Gordon (6 Air Ldg Bde B.M.) calls to see C.O.
1120 Our A.A. opens fire again for two minutes.
1205 Message to Troops : A 6 Commando patrol to LONGUEMARE area leaving 1215 hours,
probably through our lines and probably with jeeps.
1455 Col Roberts (6 Air Ldg Bde) visits C.O.
1500 I.O. and Bde Provost Officer go to AMFREVILLE to search for suspected enemy
wireless transmitter.
1530 C.O. goes to 2 Troop.
1600 I.O. returns. No result
1908 Message from 1 Troop: 7 Shells have landed approx 300 yards in front of our
posn. There is a 2 or 3 second interval between report and landing of shell.
1935 ME 109 with bomb still slung flying over our lines. A.A. opens up.
2120 Enemy shells (16) fell in area of Church at LE PLEIN.
2 0131 Message from 1 Troop: Fire from 3 MGs. Mortar barrage and verey lights by
our friends. Fire coming from LONGUEMARE. Has been one red and two white
verey lights fired. Fire seems to be defensive.
0140 Message from Bde: Use wireless link for passing shell REPS to 4 SS Bde.
0150 From 1 Troop: The firing has died down. It seems the enemy was using all
his automatic weapons incl 20 mm AA gun firing on ground level. Think that
firing has died down because of ammunition shortage.
0230 Three casualties from 2 Troop evacuated. 2 Troop have been on Bde Mortar
shoot. Casualties are Sjt Saggers, Cpl Saggers and Cpl Binnie.
0250 Capt Kneeves (45 Cdo) calls to see if all our Mortar men have returned safely
from shoot. Casualties were due to energy mortar reply.
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1155 IO returns and states that there is nothing to report.
1730 Captain Watson (RAC) and Ned Russell (New York Herald Tribune) call.
1830 Snipers will be in area 145752 and 145759 from 0500 until 2000 hours on 3rd.
2100 Message to Troops: Support patrol of this Unit wi1l operate area LONGUEMARE
between 0130 and 0400 hours 3 Jul. Strength 20. Returning through
own lines.
2010 Message from Bde: Minefield Serial No 10307 M.R. 122756 has been lifted.
2020 Message to Troops: Recce patrol from 6 Commando (1 Officer and 2 ORs) is
proceeding to ORCHARD 147756 via LONGUEMARE FARM. Will cross our lines
at 2330 hours. Returning same way at 0230 hours on 3 Jul 44.
3 1045 C.O. states that 3 Troop snipers may operate in area GDE FME DU BUISSON
today. They must be careful not to shoot up 4 Commando snipers also in
this area.
1100 2 Oxfs & Bucks report on their activity 2/3 Jul. Fighting patrol of 3 officers
and 40 men. Task to inflict casualties on enemy in wood 147747. Mortar
and arty concentration as arranged. First 12 bombs fell short and one
officer was wounded. Bangalore party looking for wire bumped into enemy
section and were fired on by MG and small arms, Fire was returned by
throwing 77 and 36 grenades. Patrol then retired to BREVILLE.
1405 C.O. goes to Bde to meet Lieut-General Browning G.O.C. Airborne Forces.
1410 Message sent to Troops: Two snipers from this Unit will operate in area
of GDE FME DU BUISSON leaving 47 Cdo lines at approx 1500 hours today and
remaining out up to three hours.
1630 C.O. returns to CHATEAU after visiting Bde and FDLs.
1820 I.O. returns from BAYEUX,
1915 I.O. reports to Bde.
2100 Capt Ponsford and 3 men to GDE FME DU BUISSON with a view to sniping.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 3 2100 Message to Troops: Snipers from 4 Commando operating area LONGUEMARE 0430
hours and 2100 hours on 4 Jul 44
2200 IO Returns
2205 2 i/c and Provost Officer go to CHATEAU NIXON
2209 1 Troop reports that two Germans, observed by TSM approached our posns.
They were engaged with Bren and rifles. Withdrawal by enemy with haste.
4 0425 SITREP: Heavy small arms fire on right of LONGUEMARE area: Enemy sends
up red verey lights.
0440 5 Troop reports that their position came under fire from MGs about 400 to
500 yards away.
0800 Enemy mortar bombs falling in road in front of 1 Troop:
Spitfires fly over CHATEAU from direction enemy lines. About 30 seconds
later two enemy fighters come from same direction, circle over CHATEAU,
and then fly back to own territory.
0900 C.O. goes to Bde HQ.
Large formations of Mitchells and Liberators observed crossing the coast
and then splitting up and proceeding to different points
1210 I.O. reports that Last night's broadcast was complete failure owing to
speakers being engaged from van and taken 2 to 300 yards in front of FDLs,
1215 C.O. returns.
1350 B.M. comes to HQ to see C.O.
1500 C.O. and party go to area GDE FME DU BUISSON for sniping tasks.
1640 C.O. returns to CHATEAU leaving party in BUISSON area.
1810 4 enemy aircraft seen from CHATEAU in direction of CAEN. A.A. open up but
no aircraft seen to be hit Aircraft fly out of observation into cloud.
Message to Troops: Two pairs of snipers from this Unit will operate in
area LONGUMARE until 2300 hours today. Out and in through this Units ines.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 4 1822 A.A. opens fire again on four enemy aircraft. Presumably same aircraft as
seen at 1810 hours: None seemed to be hit but fire was close to targets.
2000 Message to Troops: Party from 6 Commando crossing our lines approx 2300 hrs
today. Returning same route at 0200 hrs 5 Jul. Proceeding by LONGUEMARE
to attack orchard 147755.
2015 Message from Bde: Patrol and propaganda activity in areas 1375 and 1475
between 2300 hours and 0500 hours. Naval fire an areas 155760 - 160758 -
155744 - 155747 - 148753 - 150757 between 0300 hours and 0400 hours 5 Jul 44
5 0130 1 Troop reports that casualty is coming in. One of 6 Commando.
0135 Casualty arrives. Wounds in face. Belongs to 6 Cdo patrol. Another man,
L/C May hit in stomach and now lying in hedgerow opposite wood. Casualty
reports that on reaching wood and enemy lines a mine or grenade exploded in
front of him, wounding him in the face and also injuring L/C May. Cpl
Wraith (casualty) then returned and was picked up by out troops.
0200 Adjutant informs 6 Commando who are taking necessary action.
0410 Tanks heard moving in our rear areas.
Cpl Wraith despite his injuries has a good hold on himself. He is blind and
had been unable to see when he made his way back to own lines.
0415 Adjutant on phone to 6 Troop. Bomb or shell falls and line goes dead.
Jeep sent to 6 Troop to ascertain cause of this.
0425 Man from 6 Commando (with, stomach wound) is brought in to F.A.P.
0430 Adjutant inspects HQ at Stand-to. Contacts Adjutant of 6 Commando and learns
that rest of their patrol have returned safely.
6 Troop report that shell has landed in garden at CHATEAU NIXON
1020 Message to Bde and Troops: Our Vickers will fire maximum range at 1100 hours.
1050 C.O. and 2 i/c visit FDLs.
1100 IO from 6 Cdo calls and reports that their patrol of last night had several
casualties (10 wounded 1 missing). Cause was enemy booby traps.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 5 1105 I.O to goes to FDLs.
1235 I.O. returns to CHATEAU.
1245 C.O. and 2i/c returns from FDLs .
Message to Troops: 4 Commando testing weapons at 1600 hours today.
1330 Captain Ponsford calls and reports that 3 Troop snipers have returned and
have nothing to report.
1350 Message to Bde and Troops: 5 Snipers will operate GDE FME DU BUISSON area
between 1500 and 1800 hours today.
1630 Message from Bde: Please forward 8 figure Map Ref of all arty O.Ps in your
1740 Message to Bde: Arty O.P. located 13257555. This O.P. manned by Unit.
1815 Message to Troops:- Patrol from 3 Troop (1 officer and 9 ORs) will operate
in area GDE FME DU BUISSON 1900 hours to 2200 hours today. Out and in
through own lines.
1850 Message to Troops: Forward trace of proposed wire defences or of such
defences already existing.
2330 Shells passing over head and falling in our rear towards beaches.
6 0800 Our bombers are attacking targets in area of CAEN.
1130 C.O. goes out to visit FDLs ,
1240 3 shells pass overhead and landed somewhere in area of quarries in rear.
Interval between shells approximately 5 minutes.
1845 Shells again passing overhead and landing in rear areas.
1900 Liberators observed crossing coast and flying due SOUTH
1945 Message from Bde: Password may be compromised for tonight. Caution
advised in challenging.
7 0945 C.O: goes to Bde HQ.
1032 Lt-Col Palmer (CO 41 Cdo) calls to see C.O.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 7 1040 Three ME 109's machine gunning our area from 30 feet. Fly directly over
CHATEAU in direction of quarries. No casualties reported Pall of smoke
and flame observed in rear of Bde HQ.
1100 2 i/c and I.O to BREVILLE
Oil Truck at Bde was hit by aircraft.
1240 2 i/c and I.O. return.
1445 Message to Bde and Troops: 2 Recce patrols of 1 officer and 3 ORs each to
Orchards 142745 - 145746.
1530 Patrols out.
See Appx 1B: No 1
1810 2 i/c leaves to contact patrols.
1825 C.O. returns.
1920 Captain Gregory (New FOO to Bde) calls to see C.O.
2130 IO to 6 Airborne Div HQ.
2150 Large formations of our bombers are bombing CAEN area.
2230 Bombing over. Large palls of smoke over CAEN area. Bombing was observed
and seemed accurate. One bomber seen to crash in flames. Another landed
on air strip.
Brigadier D. Mills-Roberts DSO MC. visits C.O.
8 0120 1 Troop reports that red verey light was seen in area LONGUEMARE. This was
followed by enemy fire from same direction.
0220 Shell Rep. From 1 Troop: M.R. of observer 13257555. Nature of gun - SP.
Bearing to flash 113° Mag.
0435 Shell Rep: From 1 Troop: Number and nature of guns 3 with calibre 75 mm.
Bearing 119° Mag.
1030 IO 6 Commando Calls to gain information about our patrols of yesterday.
1100 IO to 6 Airborne Div HQ.
1130 C.O. visited by M.Picard (French civilian). He takes away his car to BAYEUX
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 8 1200 Captain Gregory (FOO) calls on 2 i/c regarding Arty D.F. tasks in front of
FDLs and a proposed tele line to O.P. in CHURCH,
1215 I.O. returns from DIV HQ. Says that Last night CAEN area was bombed by
460 Lancasters and Halifaxes. About 2,000 tons of bombs dropped. This
morning our troops have taken 5 villages. HEROUVIILE - LEBISEY - EPRON -
BURON - GRUCHY. Further advances are expected today.
1255 Message from 45 Cdo : Standing patrol in area LONGUEMARE will be maintained
until 1830 hours 9 Jul 44. Snipers operate areas 145735 and 144745. Recce
patrols will operate area ORCHARD 143747 from 1700 util 0400 8/9 Jul.
Route out and return through 4 Commando lines.
2109 Message to Troops: 4 Commando D.F. tasks for tonight 8/9 jul will be red,
white, green verey lights when calling Vickers fire from 2 O.B.L.I. across
their front. W.E.F. 9/10 Jul line communications will be used.
Message from Bde: Enemy FDLs to have mortar and shell fire at 30 minute
intervals until 2230 hours.
2130 Trp Bromley (4 Troop) received wounds when one of our mortar bombs, presumed
faulty, fell short of target. Evacuated through F.A.P.
9 0230 Message from 1 Troop: 45 Cdo patrol have run into enemy fire coming from
1030 C.O. and Padre out to visit FDLs.
Major A. Komrower DSO (formerly of 3 Commando) arrives and goes with C.O. to
1045 IO to DIV HQ.
1100 I.O. returns and says that our troops are still advancing in CAEN area.
1130 C.O. and party return.
1240 Message from 45 Cdo: Ambush patrol will operate in area ORCHARD 143746 between
1400 hours - 1700 hours. Route Out and in through 4 Cdo.
1410 Message from Bde: All COs to report to 6 Airborne HQ immediately.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 9 1420 C.O. leaves for 6 Airborne Div.
1500 C.O. returns to CHATEAU,
1445 Message from 45 RM Commando: Raid is being carried out in area of LONGUEMARE
. ORCHARD 148749 between 2300 hours and 0400. hours 9/10 Jul 44.
1905 Major Woyevedsky calls to see C.O.
1945 Message to Troops: 41 RM Commando will fire MMGs from position forward of
1 Troops FDLs commencing 2203 terminating 2300 hours. In and out through
1 Troop lines.
2055 Captain Bartholomew (OC 2 Troop) calls on Adjt regarding 45 Commando firing
Vickers tonight in front of 2 Troops FDLs.
2305 1 Troop reports 3 big flashes from Sq 1879 on Mag bearing 62° from 13257555
This report passed to Bde. ShellS not passing over. Adjutant informed
this information not passed to Plotting centre.
10 0015 Fire plan commenced for operation BRUSH (45 RM Cdo's Op).
1045 IO of 6 Commando calls.
1050 Captain Lloyd (1 SS Bde) calls to see Padre respecting Trp Haywards grave.
Message to Troops: Standing Patrol and snipers from this Unit (45 RM Cdo)
will operate LONGUEMARE area leaving 3 Cdo lines. Will return same way at
1730 hours.
1110 A.A. fire opens up on 5 enemy fighters flying in direction of own lines. Two
are seen to be hit.
1130 All Troops warned that many apparently loose signal cable and phone wires have
been booby trapped with egg grenades. Troops should not step on or pull
these wires.
1210 A.A. fire on enemy plane flying over CHATEAU in direction of enemy lines.
1430 C.O. out to visit Troops
1540 Captain Smith (IO SS Bde.) calls to see CO regarding PROJECT,
IO is detailed to obtain Moon periods and details of booby traps in
project area.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 10 1650 1 Troops reports that enemy six-barrelled mortar is dropping bombs on their
immediate front 132755 from direction beyond BREVILLE;
1700 C.O wants O.C. 6 Troop to report here.
2/Lieut Griffith gives information about wire and positions in LONGUEMARE area.
1720 No 4 Commando have established a listening post 135748 and will be manned
day and night.
1730 Lieut Cunningham and 16 ORs (6 Troop) are on standing patrol at 143753.See Appx. 'B' No 2
1820 To Troops: Standing patrols from this Unit operate in LONGUEMARE area
commencing 1830 hours today (.) Strength approx 15. These will continue
through hours of darkness.
2230 From 1 Troop: Mortar bombs landed in front of our positions and near 6 Tp's
patrol. One casualty in 6 Troop. Trp.Humphries is a casualty.
2100 Lieut Weedon and 13 Ors on Standing Patrol to area. 143746
To Troops: No. 41 Cdo will maintain standing patrol in wood 130757 for 24
hours each day. They will be responsible for observation of the two woods
immediately NORTH of the one described.
See Appx "B" No 3
2300 Lieut Baikie and 13 ORs out on patrol.
11 0330 Lieut Smith and 15 ORs on standing patrol in ORCHARD 144745.
1115 Troops are to test their weapons at 1500 hours.
1335 IO Leaves to visit standing patrol at LONGUEMARE FARM.
1405 Adjt Leaves to visit FDLs.
1510 Adjt returns.
1530 Trp McGonnigle reports that L/Sjt Grant (3 Troop) has been killed on patrol.
Message from Bde: In view of the recent enemy attempts to infiltrate agents
into Allied lines, forward troops area warned of the importance of detaining
civilians attempting to pass in and out of our positions, They should be
brought to Bde Field Security Section.
Message from Bde: It is reported that British tanks are being shot up by own
troops because of new cupola now fitted to some CHURCHILLS CROMWELL AND AVRE
and will be fitted to SHERMANS.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 11 1540 Message from Bde: MAPLAY is compromised and will not be used until further
notice. Lieut Cunningham returns from standing patrol
See Appx "B" No 4
1745 CO and IO return. They have been carrying out recce in area of 4 Troop
patrol (ORCHARD)
1833 To Troops: Standing patrols from this Unit with snipers operating from
145755 and ORCHARD 143746 during hours af darkness and daylight until further
2000 CO IO and Padre out to 4 Troop area to see about the burial of Sjt Grant and
of 4 Airborne men who have been found there.
Our mortars are going out on Brigade shoot tonight.
See Appx "B" No 5
2230 CSM Allen (GM) out on shoot with Vickers and crew.
Attempt is being made to recover body of Sjt Grant and of the four Airborne
soldiers. Three men arrive back to HQ and report that they are unable to
carry out this task at present owing to enemy Verey lights being fired.
Area is under enemy fire.
See Appx. 'B' No 6
12 0245 Captain G. Pollard MC MM with party has recovered Sjt Grant's body and also
two airborne men which have probably been lying there since D day.
0730 SITREP: No change.
1030 IO 6 Commando calls.
1130 L/Sjt Grant is buried.
IO 41 Commando calls to see CO.
1145 2 i/c Oxfs & Bucks calls to see IO about our standing patrols.
Major DC Hopson (2 i/c) has been evacuated. He is ill (Malaria).
1400 IO and I Sjt out on patrol.
1700 IO returns. Reports uneventful.
1745 Registration by 150 Fd Regt 130800 - 131000. First targets 143764 from LA
. 2nd tgt 143759 from FARM 140753 (.) 41 Cdo are
providing escort for FOO to FARM and will contact this Unit re route out.
Patrols in areas 142760 and 140756 will be withdrawn for registration period.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 12 1820 6 Troop reports being shelled by own artillery. Bde informed of this.
1830 6 Troop reports that shells are now passing over towards enemy.
1900 Message from Bde: Mortars to stand by for Bde shoot.
1930 SITREP: No change.
2300 Mortars to stand down.
13 0001 Lieut Rae and standing patrol at ORCHARD 143646.See Appx, 'B' No 7
0200 The bodies of the two other airborne soldiers have been recovered and buried.
0730 SITREP: No change.
0900 Captain J.F Nixon MC out on patrol (snipers incl) with 15 ORs to area 145754See Appx 'B' No 8
1110 C.O. goes to Bde.
1130 I.O. to Bde HQ for information.
1220 IO returns. 41 Cdo to give information re patrolling in area LONGUEMARE.
1410 B.M. calls to see C.O.
1530 Lieut Ure and 14 ORs out on patrolSee Appx. 'B' No 9
1750 C.O. goes out to FDLs.
1930 SITREP: No change. C.O. goes to Bde HQ.
2030 IO goes to Bde and FDLs. Continuation of Standing Patrols in LONGUEMARE
area and to EAST of BREVILLE (4 & 6 Troops) Probable duration Saturday.
2230 Low flying ME 109 heavily engaged by Bofors flew straight over LE PLEIN.
2250 Shells falling at rear of HQ.
2300 Lieut Cunningham and 15 ORs out on patrol, in area 144754 -,145755.See Appx. 'B' No 10
14 0730 SITREP: No change.
0940 Captain Lorraine (6 Cdo IO) called to see IO.
1000 Registration by arty begins. Tgts at 143764 from LA GDE FME, 143759 from
farm 140753.
1105 Adjt Leaves for inspection of transport.
1310 4 Troop patrol reports own shells falling in their posns. Bde informed.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 14 1200 Lieut Rae and 20 ORs on standing patrol in ORCHARD 143746.See Appx. 'B' No 11
1300 Unveiling of War Memorial (to SS Bde Troops) at LE PLEIN also of celebration
of 14 Jul. Detachments from each Commando to march round square after service
by Abbe' de Naurois: Salute taken by Deputy Cmdr SS Group
1440 About 15 ME and FWs flying 2 - 3000 feet in open formation. Machine guns
and cannon at Bridges: Engaged heavily by our A.A. Cloud hampers
1530 Lieut Baikie and 15 ORs out on patrol to LONGUEMARE, Sniping etc.
See Appx. 'B' No 12
1940 Message from 4 Troop patrol saying that shells are falling
20 yards in front of German Positions.
SITREP : No change.
2150 4 Troop patrol reports: 1 Officer and 2 ORs wounded. Want
relief to come out and take over: 1 Man killed
2155 IO 41 Cdo calls and informs us of ambush patrol in area 145755
We order 6 Troop standing patrol to withdraw at 2200 hours.
2310 IO returns from 4 Troop Patrol area. Patrol was withdrawn
after evacuation of casualties. Enemy position mortared by
Captain Pollard to finish withdrawal Trp Whittles killed,
Lt Weedon, L/S McDonald, and Trp Barlow wounded.
15 0010 C.O. 4 Cdo rang up to ask if we had had casualties due to their
MG fire;
0730 SITREP: No change.
0930 Major Henderson MC calls to see Adjt for purpose of liaison.
1040 IO leaves to visit a standing patrol at LONGUEMARE.
Message from Bde: Civilian bridges at 099748 and 105746 will be
closed 0600 today until further notice
Army Bridges will be used.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 15 1215 Burial of Trp Whittles in garden at CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE
Message from 4 SS Bde: Any movements on mud flats NORTH of line
rd junc 136771 - seawall to corner 122773 - bank R. ORNE -
120770 thence to grid line 77 to canal will draw fire unless
previous warning has been given to us with at least three hrs
1520 To Troops: 4 Cdo snipers will operate orchards 142750 and
143745 from 1430 hrs today until further notice by day and
recce patrols same area by night.
Major Henderson MC calls to see Adjt.
1800 Lt Whitworth, East Riding Yeomanry, calls for information.
1930 SITREP: No changes
During hours of darkness 9 Bde moved into area. East Riding
Yeomanry tanks moved into immediate vicinity of CHATEAU d'
. Also Staffordshire Yeomanry.
16 0730 SITREP: No change.
0930 Major Blissett calls regarding investiture.
1100 IO of East Ridings calls far information re area.
1230 Captains H. Smith and P. Clemence of East Ridings call.
Message to Troops: Constructional Units including Bulldozer
working in the Div Area to be given priority of movements.
1445 Enemy aircraft being engaged by A.A. fire.
1930 SITREP: No change.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 16 2030 IO left for 6 Airborne Div.
2300 IO returns.
17 0730 Sitrep: No change.
1200 Message to Troops: No 4 Commando snipers working in area 143750
and Orchard 143745 throughout the day and patrol in the same
area during the hours of darkness.
1842 Mortar rep: Mortar firing bearing 81° landing opposite end of
wall and 50 yards in front map reference 13257555 (lTroop)
1930 Sitrep: Ne change.
2330 Message to 2 Troop: Mortar Section stand by for Bde Mortar
Shoots from first light to-morrow 18 July 44. Two Sections
will operate at a time. 4 and 6 Commandos first Usual
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 18 0730 Sitrep: No change.
0545 Air attack on enemy area WEST BOIS de BAVENT. Force used terrific.
1100 Heavy Night Bombers, 1500 Day Bombers, 600 Medium
Bombers, 400 Fighter Bombers (to be used three times) Total
3600 (plus 800)
0630 Raid complete Gun barrage began.
0700 Tank units moved SOUTH.
1100 IO to Bde HQ. They have no news.
1445 Message from Bde.: A six barreled mortar is now operating
against our friends bearing 151° magnetic.
1450 IO to Div. Large scale attack in progress. Three Armd Divs
2 Inf Divs and Cdn Corps on EAST of R Orne.
1620 Sitrep: No change.
1930 Sitrep: No change.
2040 IO to Div and Troops.
2253 Shellrep from 1 Troop: OP. 13257555 151° Mag:
2255 IO returns.
2305 Enemy air attack. HQ dispersed. 2nd i/c and IO to 3 Troop.
19 0010 IO returns 3 Ammo trucks near CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE hit by
bombs and burning.
Farm House at 4 Troop hit they report four men seriously
0730 Sitrep: No change.
0920 Brigadier D Mills-Roberts DSO MO and Major Knox called.
1100 Captain Harper-Gow calls to see C.O.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 19 1130 Brigadier J.F. Durnford-Slater DSO and Captain CS Head MC call.
1140 Captain Sykes RE calls to demonstrate a new sniper suit. Taken to 3 Troop.
1600 SHELREP: 112° Mag. Plotting centre informed.
1930 SITREP: No change.
2030 IO out to visit 6 Airborne Div and Troops.
2230 IO returns.
2350 Short Air Raid. No bombs dropped near us.
20 0430 OC 1 Troop reports enemy firing from area of LONGUEMARE FARM,
0730 SITREP: No change.
1930 SITREP: No change.
21 0730 SITREP: No change.
0945 IO to 6 Airborne Div and FDLs.
1230 IO returns.
1500 Message to. Troops: Continuation of Propaganda Exercise. Smoke shoot will
be carried out 1630 hours on enemy FDLs 146746 and 146755. Warn all ranks
that enemy deserters. will be brought to Bde HQ immediately.
1630 Major Powell (6 Cdo) call to give information about their activities.
1930 SITREP: No change.
2200 Message to Troops: Ten snipers from 6 Commando operating in area LONGUEMARE
and LONGUEMARE FARM CROSS ROADS between 0730 hours and 2200 hours 22
Jul 44. Parties going out and returning through this Unit lines.
2300 Message to Troops: As from 0800 hrs 22 Jul 6 Cdo snipers will operate
LONGUEMARE FARM and ORCHARDS 143745 by day until 2200 hrs. 4 Cdo will
continue to operate in area ORCHARD 143745 daily and nightly and will have
standing patrol ORCHARD 143749 each night from 2230 hrs until 0700 hours.
22 0730 SITREP: No change.
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CHATEAU d'AMEREVILLE 22 1030 IO to COLLOMBELLES for information.
1200 IO returns.
R.C. Padre calls to arrange RC Church Service tomorrow.
1930 SITREP: No change.
2030 IO to Airborne Div for information.
2130 Message to Troops: Patrol from 6 Commando operating as follows night 22/23
Jul. Ambush Patrols at 143749 and 144753. Recce Patrol 147750. All parties
going out 2325 hrs via this Unit lines. Returning same way 0430 hrs.
2200 IO returns.
2240 Artillery barrage.
2255 Slight enemy air activity.
23 0445 Mortar barrage of 41 Commando prior to raid on Ger, a
0730 SITREP: No change.
0800 C.O. and Adjt go to 9 Beach Bn to get reinforcements.
1230 Captain Harper-Gow called to arrange recruiting details with C.O.
1810 C.O. and Adjt return from Beach Bn. They have got 29 reinforcements.
1930 SITREP: No change.
2000 Message to Troops: A recce patrol from 6 Commando is proceeding to HOUSE 147750
Going out through this Unit's lines 2300 hrs 23 Jul and returning same way
0300 hrs 24 Jul 44.
24 0730 SITREP: NO change.
1100 Commanding Officer's Orders.
1410 29 Reinforcements arrive.
1600 Captain Herper-Gow calls to see C.O.
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CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE 24 1920 6 Barrelled mortars fired 140° Mag. from OP 13257555. Plotting centre
1945 Message to Troops: No 6 Cdo Patrol order No 1 of today is cancelled.
Ordinary ambush patrol going out instead to area: LONGUEMARE CROSS ROADS,
Going out 2300 hour 24 Jul 44 through this Unit's lines and returning same
way at 0430 hours on 25 Jul 44.
2000 Small numbers of enemy aircraft flying over. They are engaged by A.A. fire.
2050 IO out to FDLs.
2200 Adjutant to 4 Troop.
2230 4 Commando recce patrols will operate area of orchard 143745 between dusk and
dawn 24/25 Jul. Route out and in through 4 Commando lines. Snipers will
operate Orchards 143749 and 143745 from 0500 hours util 2200 hours
25 Jul 44. Route in and out through 4 Commando lines,
2240 IO and Adjt return to HQ.
25 0730 SITREP: No change,
1030 C.O. makes following changes: Captain P.I. Bartholomew to command 5 Troop
and to retain mortars under his command 2 Vickers to remain with 4 Troop
who take over 2 Troop's posns and 2 Vickers to 1 Troop. 4 Troop take over
from 5 Troop to 6 Commando.
1100 IO reports that British Canadian and American push started.
C.O. and I.O. go to CAEN,
1320 C.O. and IO return.
1420 Brigade Major calls on C.O,
1430 C.O. inspected 3 Troop. Very satisfied.
1530 Brigadier J.F. Durnford-Stater DSO and Captain G.S. Head MC on C.O..
1735 I.O. to Brigade for information.
1900 Standing Patrol from No 45 Commando will operate area LONGUEMARE 139753 from 0730 hrs 36
Jul until 0500 hrs. Route out and back through this Unit lines
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Chateau D'Amfreville 25 1930 SITREP - No change.
2100 IO to 6 Airborne Div.
2130 Message to troops: Standing patrol from No 4 Cmdo will operate areas
Orchard 143749 and 143745 between dusk and dawn 25/26 July. Route
out and return through 4 Cmdo lines. Snipers will operate orchard
during daylight 26 July until 1500 hrs.
26 0255 Shellrep: Enemy guns firing 96° from OP 13257555 area river under
bombardment. 11 shells landed. Plotting centre informed.
0730 Sitrep: No change.
1000 Capt. Dorelly came to tell us that we have to send 1 Sgt and 1 O.R. to
R.U.R. for sniping patrol.
1135 2nd i/c visiting F.D.Ls.
1400 IO out for information.
1930 Sitrep: No change.
2230 IO returns.
2240 Message to troops - standing patrol from 45 (RM) Cmdo will operate area
Longuemare Farm from 0400 hrs, 27 July until 0500 hrs, 28 July. Sniper
patrols will operate area Orchards 145742 and 143749 during daylight.
27 0130 Enemy aircraft overhead.
0730 Sitrep: No change.
0955 Shellrep: 75 m.m. gun firing from 96° from OP 13257555. Plotting centre
1020 Shelrep: S.P. gun firing from 122° magnetic. O.P. 13257555. Plotting
centre informed.
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Chateau d'AMFREVIILE. 27 1245 Message from Bde: 1 battery 51 Hy Regt RA will carry out shoots on following
targets on Div front today. 01617190 - 183726 - 163766. - 183730.
1545 Message to troops - Weapons will be tested today at 1800 hrs. British
and German automatics. Weapons will be aimed high towards enemy lines
in N.E. direction.
1815 Col. P. Dawson DSO, C.O. 4 Cmdo calls to see C.O.
1930 SITREP: No change.
2030 I.O. to 6 Airborne Div. for information.
2220 I.O. returns.
2230 Message from Bde: When any of our aircraft are brought down, please report
immediately the following details - time, type, how it was brought down,
whether in combat or A.A. bearing of observer; bearing of plane.
Message to troops - Standing patrols from 45 (RM) Cmdo will continue to
operate in areas LONGUEMARE FARM cross roads - 144791 and orchard 143749
until 0600 hrs 29 July 44. Recce and sniper patrols will operate excl.
143745- including NORTHERN BOUNDARY during same period.
2250 Enemy aircraft over RANVILLE, being engaged by our A.A.
28 0730 SITREP: No change.
1030 I.O. to 6 Airborne Div for information.
1200 I.O. returns.
1400 Adjutant to F.D.Ls
1500 Adjutant returns.
1930 SITREP: no change.
2230 Slight enemy air activity.
29 0210 Message from Bde - All East to West traffic will use Tower Bridge from
0600 hrs 29/30 Jury 44 and not repeat not Euston Bridge.
0730 SITREP: no change.
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Chateau d'AMFREVILLE. 29 0930 3 Troop snipers out on patrolSee appendix 'B' No 13
1450 As from 1800 hrs today this Cmdo will maintain two standing patrols with
snipers. Areas patrolled will be Orchard 143745, double hedge 145755.
Approx strength of each patrol 12. Movement to and from areas will be
via own lines.
Lieut C.E. Rae with sniper patrol from 3 Tp out on patrol.
See appendix 'B' No 14
1800 Capt. G Pollard MC MM out to Orchard 143746.
6 TP patrol out to LONGUEMARE FARM.
See appendix. 'B' No 15 See appendix.
1930 SITREP: no change.
2030 I.O. to F.D.Ls. with information.
2230 I.O. returns.
30 0730 SITREP: no change.
0930 3 Tp snipers out.See appendix. 'B' No 16
1245 Capt. Ponsford and 4 snipers out.See appendix 'B' 17
1630 Snipers out from 3 Troop.See appendix. 'B' No 18
1930 SITREP: no change.
2330 Lieut. T. Thompson and 17 O.R.s out to area Orchard 143746.See appendix. 'B' No 19
31 0630 Message from Bde. Unit will move to LA MESNIL on 1 Aug 44.
0730 SITREP: no change.
1000 C.O. goes to recce new positions.
1200 Unit preparing to move to new Location.
1930 SITREP: no change.
Movement Order issued to troops
See appendix. 'I' No 1
2330 Enemy air activity.