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Month and year : July 1944

Commanding Officer : Lt. Col. P. Young DSO MC


1st July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 hrs, 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.


2nd July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 enemy mortar reply.


1100 - IO visits FDLs.


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 will operate area LONGUEMARE FARM between 0130 and 0400 hours 3 Jul.  Strength 20.  Returning through our 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.


3rd July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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.  Message to Troops: Snipers from 4 Commando operating area LONGUEMARE 0430 hours and 2100 hours on 4 Jul 44.


2200 - I.O. 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.


4th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 LONGUEMARE until 2300 hours today.  Out and in through this Units lines.


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 FARM 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 on areas 155760 - 160758 - 155744 - 155747 - 148753 - 150757 between 0300 hours and 0400 hours 5 Jul 44.


5th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 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 our 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.


1105 - I.O. 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 at 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 area.


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.


6th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0800 - Our bombers are attacking targets in area of CAEN.


1130 - C.O. goes out to visit FDLs.


1240 - 3 shells passed 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.


7th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0945 - C.O. goes to Bde HQ.


1032 - Lt-Col Palmer (CO 41 Cdo) calls to see C.O.


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 'B' 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.


8th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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.


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.  HEROUVILLE - 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 until 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 - Tpr Bromley (4 Troop) received wounds when one of our mortar bombs, presumed faulty, fell short of target.  Evacuated through F.A.P.


9th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0230 - Message from 1 Troop: 45 Cdo patrol have run into enemy fire coming from direction WEST of LONGUEMARE FARM.


1030 - C.O. and Padre out to visit FDLs.  Major A. Komrower DSO (formerly of 3 Commando) arrives and goes with C.O. to FDLs.


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.


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 FARM.  ORCHARD 148749 between 2300 hours and 0400 hours 9/10 Jul 44.


1905 - Major Woyevodsky 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 Troop's 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.


10th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 Tpr 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.


1650 - 1 Troops report 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 will 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.  Tpr Humphries is casualty.


2100 - Lieut Weedon and 13 Ors on Standing Patrol to area 143746.  See Appx. 'B' No 3.  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.


11th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 - Tpr 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.


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 of darkness and daylight until further notice.


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.  See Appx. 'B' No 6.  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.


12th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 GDE FME DU BUISSON.  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.


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.


13th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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.


0800 - Captain J.F. Nixon MC out on patrol (snipers incl) with 15 ORs to area 145754.  See 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 patrol.  See 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.


14th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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.


1200 - Lieut Rae and 20 ORs on standing patrol in ORCHARD 143746.  See Appx. 'B' No 11.


1350 - 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 observation.


1530 - Lieut Baikie and 15 ORs out on patrol to LONGUEMARE.  Sniping etc.


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.  Tpr Whittles killed, Lt Weedon, L/S McDonald, and Tpr Barlow wounded.


15th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0010 - C.O. of 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 from 0600 today until further notice.  Army Bridges will be used.


1215 - Burial of Tpr 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 3 hrs notice.


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 change.  During hours of darkness 9 Bde moved into area.  East Riding Yeomanry tanks moved into immediate vicinity of CHATEAU d'AMFREVILLE.  Also Staffordshire Yeomanry.


16th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0730 - SITREP: No change.


0930 - Major Blissett calls regarding investiture.


1100 - IO of East Ridings calls for 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.


2030 - IO left for 6 Airborne Div.


2300 - IO returns.


2315 - Tank personnel report having seen parachutist come down from a German plane.


17th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 (1 Troop).


1930 - Sitrep: No 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 ammunition.


18th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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.


19th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 injured.


0730 - Sitrep: No change.


0920 - Brigadier D Mills-Roberts DSO MC and Major Knox called.


1100 - Captain Harper-Gow calls to see C.O.


1130 - Brigadier J.F. Durnford-Slater DSO and Captain CD 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.


20th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0430 - OC 1 Troop reports enemy firing from area of LONGUEMARE FARM.


0730 - SITREP: No change.


1930 - SITREP: No change.


21st July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 FARM and LONGUEMARE 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 will have standing patrol ORCHARD 143749 each night from 2230 hrs until 0700 hours.


22nd July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0730 - SITREP: No change.


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.


23rd July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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.


24th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0730 - SITREP: No change.


1100 - Commanding Officer's Orders.


1410 - 29 Reinforcements arrive.


1600 - Captain Harper-Gow calls to see C.O.


1750 - 4 Commando inform us that one French soldier is missing from their patrol.  He may return through our lines.  Troops are warned of this.


1920 - 6 barrelled mortars fired 140 Mag. from OP 13257555.  Plotting centre informed.


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 hours 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 area of Orchards 143749 and 143745 from 0500 hours until 2200 hours 25 Jul 44.  Route in and out through 4 Commando lines.


2240 - IO and Adjt return to HQ.


25th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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 IO go to CAEN.


1320 - C.O. and IO return.


1420 - Brigade Major calls on C.O.


1430 - C.O. inspected 3 Troop.  Very satisfied.


1730 - Brigadier J.F. Durnford-Slater DSO and Captain C.S. Head MC call 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 26 Jul until 0500 hrs.  Route out and back through this Unit lines.


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 143745 during daylight 26 July until 1500 hrs.


26th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


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. Donnelly came to tell us that we have to send 1 Sjt and 1 O.R. to R.U.R. for sniping patrol.


1135 - 2nd i/c visiting F.D.L.s.


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.


27th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0130 - Enemy aircraft overhead.


0730 - Sitrep: No change.


0955 - Shellrep: 75 m.m. gun firing from 96 from OP 13257555.  Plotting centre informed.


1020 - Shellrep: S.P. gun firing from 122 magnetic.  O.P. 13257555.  Plotting centre informed.


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.


2230 - 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. 143747 - including NORTHERN BOUNDARY during same period.


2250 - Enemy aircraft over RANVILLE, being engaged by our A.A.


28th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0730 - SITREP: No change.


1030 - I.O. to 6 Airborne Div for information.


1200 - I.O. returns.


1400 - Adjutant to F.D.L.s.


1500 - Adjutant returns.


1930 - SITREP: No change.


2230 - Slight enemy air activity.


29th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0210 - Message from Bde - All East to West traffic will use Tower Bridge from 0600 hrs 29/30 Jul 44 and not repeat not Euston Bridge.


0730 - SITREP: No change.


0930 - 3 Troop snipers out on patrol.  See 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.  See appendix. 'B' No 15.  6 Tp patrol out to LONGUEMARE FARM.  See appendix.


1930 - SITREP: No change.


2030 - I.O. to F.D.L.s with information.


2230 - I.O. returns.


30th July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0730 - SITREP: No change.


0930 - 3 Tp snipers out.  See appendix. 'B' No 17.


1245 - Capt. Ponsford and 4 snipers out.  See appendix. 'B' No 18.


1630 - Snipers out from 3 Troop.  See appendix. 'B' No 19.


1930 - SITREP: No change.


2330 - Lieut. T. Thompson and 17 O.R.s out to area Orchard 143746.  See appendix.


31st July 1944

Place: Chateau d'Amfreville


0630 - Message from Bde.  Unit will move to LE 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.


2330 - Enemy air activity.



Appx "B" No.1




Time Out   1530 hours      Time In   2200 hours

Leaders   Lieut C. Rae and Lieut G. Baikie.


Object   To reconnoitre the area of the orchard, noting posns of cover and routing and to try and discover enemy posns to EAST and S.E. of the area.  Snipers were taken in case suitable tgts presented themselves.


Lt Baikie   Patrol entered passing through two standing patrols ar 141743 and 142744 and proceeded along southern edge of orchard.  Good cover from view and fire, clay trench until point where ditch is shallow and a gap occurs in hedge.  At end of wood area turned SOUTH at Hedge junc and a gun posn was found.  Here were recent footprints and a German forage cap.  It was not wet (rain last night).  Enemy clips and empty cases were also found.  Cap was SOUTH of this posn.  Returned NORTH and at one point well covered posns were found.  More empties were here as well.  Returned for consultation with other patrol at WEST edge of wood.


Proceeded along NORTH edge of wood where cover from view only is obtainable, corn gives this protection and patrol had to use outside edge because bushes are too thick to pass through.  Half way along a small pond was also found a gate, beyond this three dummy guns, larger than anti-tank, cocked at an angle and well camouflaged, were found facing the sea.  Continued and passed junction where corn gave place to mustard, which made it necessary to dart from bush to bush to get cover.  Whilst observing in a small hole automatic fire commenced.  Stray rifle shots were heard and then both auto weapons fired together.  Lieut Baikie was certain that his patrol had not been spotted and that the enemy were not firing at him.  After observing for some time he withdrew his patrol from the posn by his orchard route.


Lt Rae   Proceeded along outside WEST edge of wood to NORTH and turned EAST, good cover along WEST hedge.  Similar observation as NORTH edge as other patrol.  When patrol had passed a second dummy gun posn a MG opened up.  It appeared to be firing rather high and to the right on a grid bearing of 124 from the pond.  No movement was observed round the mustard field on WEST edge of wood 147748 might well be weapon pits.  It was difficult to observe even with glasses.  Patrol then withdrew without further incident.


Proceeded along SOUTH edge of wood to SE corner without incident, continued turning NE at hedge junc.  Observed gun posn at corner.  Kept on inside of EAST hedge until two enemy were seen by a gap in hedge near a fallen willow 147747.  Time 1930 hrs range 450 yards no suitable tgt presented.  At bend in hedge MG heard firing from approx apex 'K'.  2015 hrs enemy tommy gunner and rifleman were seen advancing to hedge junc.  No suitable tgt.  2035 hrs MG firing from mustard field.  Patrol then withdrew.



Appx "B" No.2


Patrol or Sniper's Report - No 3 Commando


Date   10 Jul 44      Time Out   1930 hrs      Time In   2350 hrs

Strength   Lieut Cunningham and 16 ORs

Weather Conditions   Over Clouded      Visibility   Moderate.


OBJECT: Standing Patrol to observe enemy FDLs on rd in front of posn of Standing Patrol at 143753 and to place three snipers.

Method: From own FDLs by covered route direct to Firm Base.


What Happened

First sniper took up posn 145750 and at 2230 hrs saw two pigeons leave wood on his immediate front and fly in direction of our FDLs.  Second sniper took up posn at 146752 and when moving into posn heard MG fire, estimated to come from 147754 in a Northerly direction (Note:- Very slow firing gun, more like a Bren).  This sniper was mortared and wounded in the back of his knee at 2115 hrs and was evacuated to Unit R.A.P.  Firm Base was mortared at same time.  Approx 6 bombs landed.


Third sniper went to posn at 145756 and when he had almost reached his posn he was opened fire on by LMG.  He carried on to his posn and tried to observe fire and estimated it came from building at 147756 or corner of wood directly in front.  Stayed in posn until 2300 hrs until returning to Firm Base.

At 2230 hrs Firm Base, three or four shells fired by our own guns dropped short of LONGUEMARE.



Appx "B" No.3


Patrol or Sniper's Report - No 3 Commando


Date   10 Jul 44      Time Out   2100 hrs      Time In   0500 hrs

Strength   Lieut G.D. Weedon, one WO and 12 ORs.

Weather Conditions   Cloudy      Visibility   Good.  Black until 0215 hrs.  Moon no visible but quite light afterwards.


Object: Standing Patrol - Area Orchard 143746.

Intention: To obtain information of enemy movements in that area and general dispositions without involving the patrol.  Areas to include all EAST or Orchard 143746 and NORTH.

Method: Route:- LE PLEIN - BREVILLE - hedge junc 136744 - Farm 141743 running NE to Orchard.  WO and No's 1 & 2 LMG and 1 sniper SE corner of orchard.  No's 1 & 2 LMG and 2 riflemen and 1 sniper (withdrawn at 2330 hrs) NE corner Orchard.  No's 1 & 2 LMG WEST edge of orchard in centre.  Patrol HQ and 1 mortar-man 2" and 1 signaller 38 set.  SW corner of orchard.


What Happened

No movement observed.  Verey lights from farms 147750 and 148748 (believed) constantly fired from leading edge of wood 148749.  LMG appeared to be firing on fixed lines from area NORTH edge of orchard 144742.  Firing almost due EAST on gap in hedge 142745 approx.  Enemy very quick to fire verey lights at the slightest noise.



(i) Enemy extremely windy.

(ii) Very loathe to venture WEST of wood 148749.



Appx "B" No.4




Date   11 Jul 44      Time Out   0800 hrs      Time In   1540

Strength:-   Lt A. Cunningham and 16 ORs.

Weather Conditions:-   Overclouded      Visibility:-   Moderate.


OBJECT   Standing patrol to observe enemy FDLs on the rd in front of 143753 and to place three snipers.


Method   From own FDLs by covered route direct to firm base.


NARRATIVE   First sniper took up posn 145750 at 0825 until 1500 hrs.  Nil report.  A second sniper took up posn 146752 and reported slight mortar fire from behind village, believed 1500 hrs.  Third sniper took up posn 145756 - Nil report, relieved at 1500 hours.  Recce patrol at Cross rds 146752 with object of searching for wire screens, trip wires and booby traps.  Some wire netting about 4 ft high surrounding garden of house 148750.  No higher supports seen.  Hedgerows 144754 - 146758, 146758 to 146759 and 146759 to 146752, 146752 to 144752 were searched for trip wires and booby traps.  None could be found.





Appx "B" No.5




To: Adjutant No 3 Commando


After receiving instructions from the Commanding Officer at approx 1415 hrs on 11 Jul 44, I proceeded to the BREVILLE area to find an O.P. and base-plate position for a 3" mortar.  The task of this mortar was to bring down fire on any known or suspected enemy posts, and to fire in the area where any enemy movement was noticed.  This fire was to continue at irregular intervals throughout an indefinite period and was calculated to have a harassing effect upon the enemy.


The O.P. was established at 143745 and the base-plate position at track 138752.


The O.P. and mortars were in position from 1800 hours to 2130 hours on 11 Jul 44.  They fired at suspected enemy posts at 146746, 147747, 147745, and 145744.


An enemy patrol five strong, believed to be coming forward to search for Sjt Grant's body was engaged in the area 145746, they were not observed again.  A few bombs were fired at random in the area of the Chateau at 157743.


On July 12th 1944 the O.P. and mortars went forward to their positions at 0600 hours.  There was some delay before they were ready for action owing to the 'walkie talkie' failing to work.


During the morning they successfully engaged an enemy LMG post, located by Captain Pollard, at 147748, a building suspected of being inhabited, 148748, and buildings in area 147750; in one of these buildings a small fire started as a result of a smoke bomb.  The previous day's targets were also engaged.


The detachment withdrew at 1100 hours, having expended a total of 60 HE and 16 smoke bombs during the two shoots.


(Signed) P.I. Bartholomew, Captain

O.C. 2 Troop.

12 Jul 1944




Appx "B" No.6




Date   11 Jul 44      Time Out   2230 hrs      Time In   2345 hrs

Strength:-   CSM Allen and 4 ORs in jeep.

Weather conditions and good and visibility good.


Object:   To fire with MG mounted on jeep at supposed enemy MG Posns at 147751 and 148747 with object of drawing fire whereby observer could locate enemy posns.


Method:-   In jeep by rd to within 50 yards of LONGUEMARE CROSS ROADS 144751.


NARRATIVE   Approached with jeep in reverse to Cross rds and reached 144751.  I observed posn 147751 for 15 minutes but saw no movement.  I then fired at supposed enemy posn at 148748 and almost immediately the enemy returned my fire with mortar fire from a posn approx in area of 147747.  Bombs appeared to fall wide but range was fairly accurate.  I continued to fire a belt of ammn and then withdrew rapidly for a half mile twds own FDLs.  It was now 2300 hrs and I waited here and listened for twenty minutes.  I again advanced down the rd in jeep and on reaching 143752 came under mortar fire.  I withdrew and reported to OC 6 Troop.  At no time did I come under fire from small arms.



2 Troop.



Appx "B" No.7




At 0001 hours 13 Jul 44 I took over command of the Standing Patrol in the orchard.  At 0300 hours the relief arrived and I ordered L/Cpl Ferrie to take his party, consisting of Tpr Coates, Tpr Reid and Tpr Archer, up to the N.W. corner of the orchard and relieve the LMG post manned by L/Cpl Jennings.  After relieving the second post, I went back to L/Cpl Ferrie and gave him the following orders.


He was to man the corner of the orchard, watching in all directions.  The riflemen were to maintain a listening watch to the front, were to report to L/Cpl Ferrie any movement or noises and were only to fire in an emergency.  The Bren Group were to cover the orchard, fire if it had a good target and if necessary cover the withdrawal of the second LMG post forward.


At approx 0515 hours Tpr Reid heard some movement in the hedge to his right.  He called out to Coates, who was watching the front, and both of them ran back to warn the LMG team.  They stopped just past the entrance.  L/Cpl Ferrie came out from the LMG post to see what had happened.  He stopped by the two riflemen and as they were there Tpr Archer ran past them with the Bren down the wood and stopped about 30 yards down the hedge.  L/Cpl Ferrie went after him and sent Tpr Reid back to inform me of what had happened.  Meantime he went back with Tpr Archer and Tpr Coates, placed Archer back in the LMG posn and covered by Tpr Coates went forward to investigate.  He found nothing up by the hedge and returned to the LMG posn, where I met him.  Together we went forward and I had a good look round the top of the wood and hedge junc.  Once again we returned and saw nothing.  I saw L/Cpl Ferrie replace his men and returned.


At 0540 hours Tpr Coates, who at this time was lying by the hedge junc facing the orchard, heard a noise and saw two enemy crouched the other side of the hedge.  He shouted out "Bosche" and together with Reid ran back to tell the N.C.O.  L/Cpl Ferrie went out to see what the shouting was, told Archer to follow him.  Hearing what was up and realising his party was outside the wood and in full view of the enemy patrol, he ordered them to double back to the cover of a large bomb crater and take up posn.


Meantime Lieut Weedon (4 Troop), who had arrived to relieve me, and I heard two shots and saw the party withdrawing.  He immediately went forward and had a look at the posn.  Realising that they might be holding the corner, he ordered the mortar to put down three HE bombs and under cover of Bren, he, I, L/Cpl Ferrie and Tpr Reid went forward to the corner.  We found nothing there and established the LMG post in its original posn.


(Signed) C.G.C. Rae, Lieut.

3 Troop, No 3 Cdo.





Appx "B" No.8



Date   13 Jul 44      Time Out   0800 hrs      Time In   1530 hrs

Strength of Patrol:   Captain J.F. Nixon MC and 15 Other Ranks

Weather Conditions:   Dull      Visibility:   Variable


Object: Standing Patrol.  To maintain contact with enemy in area LONGUEMARE 145754.


Method: Establish Firm Base in double hedgerow (145757 - 144754) and send forward sniper patrols to try and observe enemy.


What Happened: I took over patrol at 0800 hrs and having established it in posn made my way to the sunken road in hedgerow to posn 145758.  Here I discovered a black trip wire running across the road.  I lifted the wire and explosive and sent it back by runner to Commando HQ (Details of trap with S.O.R.E.)  I made a thorough tour of the area this side of the road but observed no enemy.


Conclusion Enemy in posns on far side of BREVILLE - GONNEVILLE road.  They do not penetrate across the road except occasionally in ones or twos and are prepared to withdraw immediately if encountering even slight opposition.



Appx "B" No.9



Date   13 Jul 44      Time Out   1530 hrs      Time In   2330 hrs

Strength of Patrol:   Lieut J.C. Ure and 14 Other Ranks.

Weather Conditions:   Excellent      Visibility:   Excellent


Object: To maintain contact with enemy in area LONGUEMARE.


Method: By rd to LONGUEMARE FARM.  Through Orchard to hedgerow EAST of FARM.


What Happened: Four indiscriminate shots were fired from well behind the enemy lines towards the farm house.  A party of four men were observed to S.E. at a distance of approx 1000 yds - impossible to say if enemy or not.  I crossed the rd EAST of the Farm, but did not contact any enemy.  Several times during our patrol we heard voices from enemy lines.


Conclusion: Enemy occupy posn EAST of BREVILLE - GONNEVILLE.  No enemy penetrated beyond rd during my patrol.


(Signed) J.C. Ure, Lieut.



Appx "B" No.10



Date   13/14 Jul 44      Time Out   2300 hrs      Time In   0915 hrs

Strength of Patrol:   Lieut Cunningham and 15 Other Ranks.

Weather Conditions:   Dry      Visibility:   Moderate


Object: To observe enemy FDLs in front of own posns.  To establish Firm Base and send out Recce Patrol.


Method: By covered Route to LONGUEMARE FARM, then to Firm Base in hedgerow 144754 - 147755.


What Happened: In posn 2330 hrs.  At 0020 hrs Enemy mortar fire fell on posn - no casualties.  Fire not as accurate as previously.  Withdrew Firm Base to line 140752 to 140753.  Enemy fired flares over old posn almost continually, and fired occasional mortar bombs.  Recce patrol worked area 140755, 144755, 146750, 140752.  No enemy contacted.  0510 hours - Moved Firm Base forward to 144754 - 145755.  Nothing happened.  Withdrew to line of Farm 0700 hrs for arty shoot.  Returned 0850 hrs.


(Signed) A.J. Cunningham, Lieut.



Appx "B" No.11



14 Jul 44      Time out   1200 hrs      Time in   1800 hrs

Weather Conditions Fair      Visibility Fair.

Leader and Strength:-   Lieut C.G. Rae and 16 ORs.


Object: Standing patrol in area orchard 143746 to prevent enemy infiltrating into orchard and keep watch on enemy lines.


METHOD: LMG posts at NW and SE corners of Orchard (143746) Base pt at SW corner.



At approx 1515 hrs I decided to put some 2" HE mortar bombs on to the suspected enemy posts at area 147748 and placed L/C Freeman in posn about half way between the base pt (SW corner of orchard) and the post at SE corner.  He fired 3 bombs from this posn.  I ordered a switch and the 4th bomb hit a small branch over head and injured L/C Freeman, in the left eye, ankle and right thigh.  At approx 1615 hrs a sniper operating from the same posn fired some shots into a building area 148749 - several shots were fired back.  Nothing further to report.


(SGD) C.G. RAE Lieut.

3 Troop



Appx "B" No.12



14 Jul 44      Time out   1530 hrs      Time in   2200 hrs

Leader and Strength:-   Lieut D. Baikie and 15 ORs.

Weather Conditions Dry      Visibility Good.


Object: Patrolling, sniping in LONGUEMARE area.


METHOD: As previously.



At 1815 hrs snipers opened fire at movement in hedge 146752 from orchard 144752.  1845 hrs enemy mortar opened up.  Patrol withdrew to farm as ordered by instructions already received from Troop Cmdr before starting out.  I remained in dug-out with one sniper and was fired at from 146750 by rifle grenade or light mortar.  Attempted to get out of dug-out but heavy mortar started again.  Withdrew to farm.  2000 hrs Observed very clearly from farm enemy gun site.  Have reported in detail to Bde through sent to Tp Cmdr.


(SGD) D. BAIKIE, Lieut.

6 Troop.



Appx "B" No.13


Subject:- Snipers Reports.            29 July 44.

To:- Adjutant No 3 Commando.

From:- Captain K.D. Ponsford, O.C. 3 Troop.


At 0930 hours I sent Cpl Hanson and Cpl Hancock to hedgerow junction 146757 with 4 snipers of 3 Div.  Two snipers Pte Haynes and Pte Smallwood under Cpl Hancock worked up the track (with a hedgerow either side) towards the BREVILLE-GONNIVILLE road.  While the other two snipers Pte Hadley and Pte Bush under Cpl Hanson worked up the hedgerow to the right towards LONGUEMARE FARM and took up position in the hedgerow where the track runs down from the road at 145755.  The latter did not see anything at the position and so moved further along the same hedgerow and then went forward on to the GONNIVILLE road.  They remained there for half an hour - saw nothing and returned to their R.V.


Cpl Hancock and snipers came across a trip wire.  This they passed and 5 yards further on came across another one.  They took up position either side of the track looking across either field to the GONNIVILLE road.  Pte Smallwood could see nothing and so moved further up the ditch on the left of the track to within 40 yards of the road.  At approx 1110 hours he saw a German in the far corner of the field come out of a thicket have a look round and then go back again.  Pte Smallwood then moved up beyond Pte Haynes to within 15 yards of the main road to where barbed wire was stretched across the road approx waist high.  He observed there for half an hour watching the opening of the track on to the road.  Approximately 15 Germans crossed the gap at odd intervals.  A German was then seen to get up from his position 10 yards away, the other side of the wire and walk down the track towards the road.  He was wearing a light green camouflage net over his head and shoulders.  He appeared quite confident and had obviously not seen Pte Smallwood.  Meanwhile Pte Haynes saw two Germans come out of the thicket he had previously been observing look round and then disappear back again.


They returned to H.Q. at 1300 hours.


30 July 44.

(Signed) K.D. Ponsford Capt.

B.L.A.  WHH.



Appx "B" No.14


Subject:- Snipers Reports.            29 July 44.

To:- Adjutant No 3 Commando.

From:- Lieut C.G.C. Rae 3 Troop.


At 1400 hours I proceeded to a hedge junction 146757 with 4 snipers.  I took 2 snipers up the hedgerow towards road junction 147756.  We passed 2 trip wires about 15' x 30' up the hedge which I made safe with a piece of wire.  I left them in position covering the road to the right and left about 30' from some barbed wire which lies across the top of the double hedge.  At 1700 hours, these snipers reported to me that they had seen nothing, but had heard sounds of chopping wood and digging from the top of the hedge and in the orchard across the road junction.


I then proceeded with the other two snipers along a double hedgerow to the left.  We found 3 trip wires from which Captain Ponsford had removed the charges yesterday.  We proceeded to hedgerow junction 146759.  There I found 4 trip wires, which I made safe.  I posted the two snipers watching the road left and right, and proceeded myself up the left hand side of the hedgerow towards the road.  I went within about 50' of the hedge junction on the road, but saw nothing and found no more trip wires.  I heard voices from the hedge row to my left front, this was confirmed by the one sniper.


At 1715 hours we returned.


At approx 1700 hours a further party of Lieut Drake and 1 N.C.O. observed from hedge junction 142760 a party digging in a hedgerow about 145760.  They reported this to the marine standing patrol, and the area was later shelled.


There was nothing else to report.


A sketch of trip wires in H junction 146759 is attached.


(Signed) C.G.C. Rae Lieut.

30 July 44.





Appx "B" No.15



Date   29 Jul 44      Time Out   1800 hrs      Time In   0015 hrs 30 Jul 44

Strength   Captain G. Pollard MC MM and 20 ORs.

Weather Conditions:   Good but slightly cloudy.      Visibility   Good.


Object: To gain contact with the enemy in area 146748 and to snipe and observe from ORCHARD 143746.


Method: ORCHARD 143746 was held by patrol with firm base at S.W. corner of orchard and a force at 'T' junc 145745 NW corner of ORCHARD.



Area occupied after careful recce at 2000 hrs.  I went with Cpl Cassidy and Tpr Gates down the NORTH edge of the orchard past a gap at 145747.  There I found a booby trap which I disconnected.  At 2045 hrs we mortared the enemy area 147766 with 2" mortar.  The enemy replied on a bearing of 60 from the N.W. corner of the orchard and Tpr Poole was slightly hurt.  His bombs fell in a wide area and were not directed at our mortar position.  At 2000 hrs I examined some trip flares which had been placed in the corn 40 yards from the 'T' junc by Lieut Weedon on 13 Jul.  They one near the hedgerow had been fired but the next one was intact.  The patrol was relieved at midnight by Lieut Thompson and 3 Troop party.


(Signed) Captain Pollard.



Appx "B" No.16


To: Adjutant

From: O.C. 6 Troop


PATROL BY No 6 TROOP on 29 JULY 1944

Patrol left FDLs at 1800 hrs and returned at 2330 hours.  Object was to establish base at LONGUEMARE FARM and sniper patrol in area of double hedgerow and area of cross roads.  Recce patrol cleared area up to point in hedgerow 145754 and house on cross roads 143749.


Snipers were placed in these two positions.  At 2145 hours enemy mortared both sniper positions.  Snipers withdrew at 2200 hours out of range.


At 2230 hours a believed patrol of enemy snipers was seen moving across cornfield at point 142757.  At 2240 hours two enemy were observed crossing gap 143752.  During bombing raid enemy fired green verey lights from FDLs.  Approximate mortar positions LA BAS DE BREVILLE 153756.


(Signed) WJ WARDLE, Captain,

Commanding No 6 Troop.

30 Jul 44




Appx "B" No.17


Subject:- Snipers Report.                30 July 44.

To:- Adjutant No 3 Commando.

From:- Captain K.D. Ponsford O.C. 3 Troop.


At 0930 hours Cpl Hanson and Tpr Hawkesworth went to area    .  Cpl Hanson climbed up a tree at 145758 and observed towards the enemy lines.  He saw two Germans sitting on the side of a bomb crater.  There was a heat haze over the whole area and they could only be seen very indistinctly, and later when it cleared they had gone.  He then took the whole party to the track junction 147758.  Tpr Hawkesworth and two snipers went down the track to the left to the hedgerow junction at      .  Cpl Hanson went straight on up to the barbed wire fence.  Neither parties saw anything.  They returned to H.Q. at 1300 hours.


(Signed) K.D. Ponsford Capt.



Appx "B" No.18


Subject:- Snipers Report.

To:- Adjutant No 3 Commando.

From:- Captain K.D. Ponsford O.C. 3 Troop.


At 1245 hours I took out four snipers to the same area.  I posted two 100 yards up the track 146757 and took two to the same area as Cpl Hanson observed from 145758.  I climbed a tree and had a good look round the area but could see no enemy.  I sent one sniper to investigate the diggings that were being dug by two Germans yesterday near the hedgerow 146758.  Evidently they had dug two trenches about a foot deep and after being shelled had left them incomplete.


I then went round to the other two snipers and took them past the dead Bull to the hedgerow junction 147759 (where the five trip wires are situated - yesterdays sketch map).  About 20 yards up the hedgerow directly towards the enemy lines several trees had been felled.  This makes it extremely difficult to approach the road.  I then took the snipers up the hedgerow running parallel to the road and 100 yards from it for a distance of approximately 150 yards.  Here there is a track which has recently been used by the enemy and part of it (from the hedgerow junction for a distance of 40 yards is marked by a white parachute cord).  There is also a long trip wire (20 yards long) which we followed up, but at the far end the charge had been blown.  I climbed a high tree leaving the snipers either side of the hedge and had an excellent view of the surrounding country.  The field between the hedgerow and the road has many paths over it and is well worn.  The bomb craters to the left in the same field unoccupied.  There is an M.G. position well concealed, covered over, and manned by three men about 40 yards from the hedgerow to the right and other positions approximately 15 yards either side of the M.G. position.  The road is used freely by the enemy and there is a smartly dressed sentry patrolling up and down the road.  The enemy were firing at an Auster with an M.G. using single rounds well over to the right.  There were also a few Rifle shots fired at it spasmodically.  We returned at 1530 hours using the same route.


(Signed) K.D. Ponsford Capt.



Appx "B" No.19


Subject:- Snipers Report.                30 July 44.

To:- Adjutant No 3 Commando.

From:- Captain K.D. Ponsford O.C. 3 Troop.


At 1630 hours Lieut Drake and Tpr Hawkesworth with four snipers proceeded to track junction 147758.  Tpr Hawkesworth led the way up the track towards the road and approached the wire fence 20 yards from the road.  Two snipers were with him.  He was approaching the wire when he heard a scuffle outside the left hand hedge in the corn field and the sound of a running man back to the road (time 1730 hours).  Tpr Hawkesworth went in position for about half an hour and then one sniper approached the wire to within ten yards and then saw one German turn into the track from the road and quite casually walked down the track to the wire.  Both Tpr Hawkesworth and Pte Smallwood attempted to take aim but the branches in the hedgerow obstructed their view and they did not have time to fire before the German dived into the ditch on the left hand side of the track.  He was wearing no head gear and carried no arms.  Tpr Hawkesworth waited to see if the German would re-appear but he did not and so he reported the matter to Lieut Drake and the party withdrew at 1830 hours.


(Signed) K.D. Ponsford Capt.


30 July 44.




Appx "B" No.20



Date:   30 Jul 44      Time Out   2330 hrs      Time In   0645 hrs

Strength:   Lieut T.N. Thompson and 17 ORs.

Weather Conditions:   Good.      Visibility   Very clear until 0230 hours then normal with stars bright


Object: To observe any enemy movement in area hedgerow and orchard 147747 - 146744 and to engage any enemy patrols with the intention of capturing a prisoner.


Method: The patrol left on bicycles to house 132745 where it proceeded to the orchard area on foot.  Positions of observation were taken from 4 Troop at 2400 hours in area orchard 143746 and area hedgerow 145722.



No enemy movement of any sort was observed from any of the observation positions except periodical flares from areas hedgerows 146747 - 147744.  At 0520 hours 3 enemy planes machine gunned BREVILLE area.  As these planes passed over their own FDLs a green verey light was fired from these positions approx 146747 148748 147744 146743 144742 (5 Verey lights).



The enemy does not venture out from this area during the hours of darkness.  The enemy indicates to his planes attacking, the posn of his own FDLs each time the aircraft passed over them.


(Signed) N Thompson Lieut.



Appx "E" No.1







Grant J.

Black Watch

on 11 Jul 44



Whittles G.

Middx Regt

on 14 Jul 44





Saggers S.

R.A. (Field)

on 2 Jul 44



Saggers K.

R.A. (Field)

on 2 Jul 44



Binnie J.J.

Royal Fusiliers

on 2 Jul 44



Tipper W.

Dorset Regt.

on 5 Jul 44



Bromley J.

South Staffs

on 8 Jul 44



Humphries G.T.

South Lancs

on 9 Jul 44



Freeman R.


on 14 Jul 44



Macdonald A.K.

Bedfs & Herts

on 14 Jul 44



Barlow C.

R.A. (Field)

on 14 Jul 44



Scott J.

R.A. (LAA)

on 18 Jul 44



Crisp A.

West Yorks

on 18 Jul 44



Mitchell C.

Royal Warwicks

on 18 Jul 44



Wakelin J.

Royal Warwicks

on 18 Jul 44 (died wounds on 19 Jul 44)



Howard W.

Hants Regt.

on 18 Jul 44



Appendix "I" No.1


Originator.  Adjutant No 3 Commando.  For Action.

O.Cs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Troops, AO, MO, IO, SO, RSM.



TOP SECRET (.)  MOVEMENT ORDER (.)  3 Cmdo will move from LE PLEIN to LA MESNIL being relieved at LE PLEIN by 47 Cmdo and relieving 13 Para Bn at LA MESNIL (.)  Troops to be lifted by transport in order 5, 4, 1, 6, 3, H.Q. (.)  2 Troop move in own troop transport as soon as relieved (.)  2 3 cwts 3 Jeeps each troop will lift 5 and 4 troops at 1000 hours conveying them to new positions and returning to lift 1 and 6 Troops (.)  3 Troop and H.Q. will be lifted by transport after 1 and 6 Troops (.)  Troops will move own Jeep and trailer conveying thereon 5 men and the Troop stores (.)  Transport will be routed direct through AMFREVILLE and BREVILLE to debussing point 138721 keeping strict 50 yard intervals (.)  Transport will not close up when stopped (.)  Troops will be debussed quickly (.)  Transport will move away immediately turning right 138721 to 133722 to 137736 and thence via BREVILLE to LE PLEIN (.)  Troop commanders will ensure transport is unloaded immediately and return as quickly as possible (.)  Troop Jeeps will be parked West of road and will not be taken East of road towards F.D.Ls (.)  Troop commanders responsible for own convoy until after debussing (.)  Troops will move quickly and tactically to their new positions (.)  Minimum amount of noise and dust required (.)  On completing take-over Troop commanders will report immediately to Command Post (.)  R.S.M. will arrange traffic duty men (.)  The signal will be destroyed if considered likely to fall into enemy hands.



Awards granted to personnel of No 3 Commando during July 44.



Captain J. Alderson.                     Seaforth Hds.            M.C.

Captain E.R. Westley                   R.A.                         M.C.

Captain G. Pollard MC. MM.      R.A.                         Bar to M.C.


Other Ranks.

5948937 Sgt. Leech J. MM         Bedfs & Herts.         Bar to M.M.

2716717 Cpl. Walsh E.                Irish Guards.            M.M.

3974535 L/C Osbourne V.A.      Welch Regt.              M.M.

2764113 L/C Hodgson G.           Black Watch.            M.M.