National Archives catalogue number WO 177/715.

 

Abbreviations

AFHQ
Amb

Bde

BNAF
Div

DMS

Fd

OC

RAMC

WE

Airborne Forces Headquarters
Ambulance

Brigade

British North Africa Force

Divisional

Director Medical Services

Field

Officer Commanding

Royal Army Medical Corps

War Establishment

 

Month and year: July 1943

Commanding Officer: Lt-Col W. C. Alford

 

 

1st July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

W.E. changed from I/311/1 to I/312/1.  Few deficiencies in personnel as the increase in personnel in sections is covered by 1st reinforcements who are reduced from 23 to 7.  Informal visit by Major General Cowall D.M.S. A.F.H.Q.

 

2nd to 6th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Surgical equipment received from 10 B.D.M.S.

 

6th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Two way ground exercise.  Sections 1 & 2 [? ?].

 

7th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Capt R. Brown attached to selection board for potential parachutists at Souk Arras.

 

8th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Visit General Montgomery.

 

9th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

10 men from section III attached to No.16 Para Fd Amb for operational duties.  This unit placed on 48 hrs state of readiness for operations by order of Comd 4 Para BDE.  Unit confined to camp.

 

10th to 11th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Routine training.

 

12th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Capt R. Brown returned to unit from selection board.

 

13th to 14th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Routine training.

 

15th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

10 men from this unit began initial drops.

 

16th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Route march.  Successful unit sports meeting.

 

17th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

9 men completed initial training.  1 man did not qualify.

 

18th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

O.C. and Capt. Hewlings carried out a successful experimental drop with bag containing medical supplies.

 

20th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Training.

 

21st July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Unit inspected by Divisional Commander.

 

22nd July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Training and Camp Routine.

 

23rd July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Exercise Jerboa II.  No.2 & No.3 Sections included.

 

24th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Div conference on dropping equipment on the man.

 

25th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Bde conference on Jerboa II.

 

26th to 28th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Training.

 

29th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Holiday camp 5 miles N of Sousse.  80 men sent.

 

30th July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Routine training.

 

31st July 1943

Place: Kairouan, Tunisia, B.N.A.F.

 

Div Commander's conference.  Future operations discussed.