National Archives catalogue number WO 171/4760.

 

Abbreviation

APO

A.Tk

Bde

BHQ

Bn

Bty

Cmd

Comdg

OR

Pdr
RA

Tp

Army Post Office

Anti-Tank

Brigade

Battery Headquarters
Battalion

Battery

Command

Commanding

Other Ranks

Pounder

Royal Artillery

Troop

 

 

Month and year : March 1945

 

Certificate

This is to certify that the War Diary for 1 - 23 Mar 45 was lost when the glider in which it was carried crashed on 24 Mar 45.

 

11 June 45

[Signed Elliot]

Major R.A.

Comdg 4 Airlanding A.Tk Bty R.A.

APO England

 

24th March 1945

Place: Hamminkeln

 

Battery landed E. of the Rhine.  Only 2 x 6 pdrs, 2 x 17 pdrs had arrived at the end of the day.  Capt Trease, Lts Hart and Robinson only officers who arrived.  Capt Trease assumed command of Battery.

 

25th March 1945

Place: Hamminkeln

 

No move.  Sgt Whittal complete with crew & 17 pdr came up having force landed near Bourg-Leopold: 2 extra 6 pdrs came under command the Battery.

 

26th March 1945

Place: Hamminkeln

 

Bty moved East of Hamminkeln with 5 Para Bde.

 

27th March 1945

Place: Erle

 

Advanced in support of 13 Para. to area West of Erle.  Capt Elliot assumes command of the Bty & with him came 2 tps of 6 Bty, making 3 tps in all.  Lt Hart becomes R.O.

 

28th March 1945

Place: Erle

 

No move.

 

29th March 1945

Place: Lembeck

 

Tp of guns & B.H.Q. came under command 3 Bty.  Travelled in 3 Bde 'B' Echelon to area W. of Lembeck.

 

30th March 1945

Place: Lembeck

 

Bty moved with 3 Bde via Lembeck, Coesfeld, Altenburg to a concentration area W. of Greven.

 

31st March 1945

Place: Greven

 

One troop detached to protect Altenburg.  Sgt Sherwood and 17 pdr arrived having travelled from Calais where they made forced landing.

 

 

Month and year : April 1945

 

1st April 1945

Place: Greven

 

One tp sent to defend Greven.  B.H.Q. remains present location.  Reinforcements of officers & ORs joined the Bty.

 

2nd April 1945

Place: Greven

 

No move.

 

3rd April 1945

Place: Greven

 

One tp crossed Dortmund-Ems Canal & took up position in Lengerich.  B.H.Q. no move.

 

4th April 1945

Place: Greven

 

10 Reinforcement Jeeps arrived.  No move.

 

5th April 1945

Place: Natrup

 

Bty with Capt. Elliot in cmd concentrated at Natrup.

 

6th April 1945

Place: Natrup

 

No move.

 

7th April 1945

Place: Natrup

 

No move.

 

8th April 1945

Place: Natrup

 

E & H tps crossed the Weser at Petershagen & harboured Raderhorst for the night.

 

9th April 1945

Place: Altenhagen

 

E & H tps supported 13th Bn in attack on Brinke & Scharpel.  B.H.Q. moved up to area Altenhagen.

 

10th April 1945

Place: Altenhagen

 

[E?] tp with 8th to Bretlingen.  H tp with Canadians to Helendorf.  Bty now in support of 3 Para Bde.

 

11th April 1945

Place: Altenhagen

 

No move.

 

12th April 1945

Place: Altenhagen

 

No move.

 

13th April 1945

Place: Celle

 

B.H.Q. & all tps concentrated in Celle.

 

14th April 1945

Place: Celle

 

Tps. went to Bns of 5 Bde.

 

15th April 1945

Place: Celle

 

A Parachute tp under Lt Hart formed to go under command 5 Para Bde.  E & H Tps came under cmd 3 Para Bde.

 

16th April 1945

Place: Celle

 

Tps still with 3 Bde.

 

17th April 1945

Place: Wappens

 

F at Molzen shot up enemy vehicles.  Jeep & Trailer Quad.  17 pdr lost through enemy fire.  B.H.Q. moved up to Wappens.

 

18th April 1945

Place: Wappens

 

No change.

 

19th April 1945

Place: Wappens

 

Ditto.

 

20th April 1945

Place: Wappens

 

Tps come under cmd 5 Bde once more, & back to 4 Bty.

 

21st April 1945

Place: Wappens

 

No change.

 

22nd April 1945

Place: Wappens

 

No change.

 

23rd April 1945

Place: Wessenstedt

 

Bty moved in Regimental column to concentration area at Wessenstedt.

 

24th April 1945

Place: Wessenstedt

 

Bty reorganised with 2 x 6 pdr tps & 1 x 17 pdr tp.  Parachute tp still away.

 

25th April 1945

Place: Wessenstedt

 

No change.

 

26th April 1945

Place: Wessenstedt

 

6 pdr tps. practiced loading jeeps & guns on small boats.

 

27th April 1945

Place: Wessenstedt

 

Parachute tp rejoined the Bty.

 

28th and 29th April 1945

Place: Wessenstedt

 

No change.

 

30th April 1945

Place: Wessenstedt

 

Moved to Volkstorf.  Bty reformed with tps of 2 x 6 pdrs, 2 x 17 pdrs.  Moved again at 23.50 hrs.