National Archives catalogue number WO 171/4762.

 

Abbreviation

179508

52 LI

AA

AARR

A/B

Admn

Adv

AFV

Airldg

A/L

Amn

Armd

Arty

A Tk

BC

Bde

BHQ

Bn

Br

Bty
Cas

Cdn

Civ

CL

CMO

CO

Comd

Comn

Conc

Coy

CRA

DF

Dgs

Div

Docs

DZ

En

Eqpt

Est

ETA

Evac

Fd

FOO

FOU

Fwd

Gf

GOC

Gp

GPO

HE

HF

Hosp

How

HQRA

Hy

I

i/c

Inf

Infm

Instr

Intercomn

KO'd

LO

Lt

LZ

Mag

m/c

M

Med

MG

Mov

Mtn

NTR

OC

Offr

OO

Op

OR

Pdr

Pl / Pln

Posn

Pt

PW

RA

RAChD

RAMC

RAP

RCoS

Rd

Rds

Ref

Regt

Regtl
Rem

Rep

RHQ

Rly

Rpg

RT

RUR

RV

SA

Sec

Sm

SP

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Str

Tac

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Trlr

Veh

Wrls

WY

Wt

X

Map Reference

52nd (2nd Ox and Bucks) Light Infantry

Anti-Aircraft

Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment

Airborne

Administration

Advance

Armoured Fighting Vehicle

Airlanding

Airlanding

Ammunition

Armoured

Artillery

Anti-Tank

Battery Commander

Brigade

Battery Headquarters

Battalion

British / Bridge

Battery

Casualties

Canadian

Civilian

Centre Line

Counter Mortar Officer

Commanding Officer

Commander

Communication

Concentration

Company

Commander Royal Artillery

Defensive Fire
Degrees

Division / Divisional

Documents

Drop Zone

Enemy

Equipment

Established

Estimated Time of Arrival

Evacuated

Field

Forward Observation Officer

Forward Observation Unit

Forward

Gun fire

General Officer Commanding

Group

Gun Position Officer

High Explosive

Harassing Fire

Hospital

Howitzer

Headquarters Royal Artillery

Heavy

Intelligence

In-Command

Infantry

Information

Instruction

Intercommunication

Knocked Out

Liaison Officer

Light

Landing Zone

Magnetic

Motorcycle

Mike - a target for all Regimental guns to engage

Medical / Medium

Machine Gun

Movement

Mountain

Nothing to Report

Officer Commanding

Officer

Operation Order

Operation / Observation Post (if upper case)

Other Ranks

Pounder

Platoon

Position

Point

Prisoner of War

Royal Artillery

Royal Army Chaplains' Department

Royal Army Medical Corps

Regimental Aid Post

Royal Corps of Signals

Road

Rounds

Reference

Regiment

Regimental

Remainder

Reported

Regimental Headquarters

Railway

Rounds per gun

Radio Telephony

Royal Ulster Rifles

Rendezvous

Small Arms

Section

Smoke

Self-Propelled / Support (if lower case)

Squadron

Strength

Tactical

Target

Troop

Transport

Trailer

Vehicle

Wireless

Worcestershire Yeomanry

Weight

Cross

 

 

Month and year : March 1945

Commanding Officer : Lt Col R.A. Eden DSO, RA

 

18th March 1945

Advance Parties left for Transit Camps.  RHQ to Mushroom Farm, Dunmow M179508.  211 and 212 Btys to Chadacre Camp M308715.  Sea Tail to Dagenham.

 

19th March 1945

0700 - Main Sea Tail Party left for Dagenham.

 

20th March 1945

0715 - Regt moved to the Transit Camps.

 

21st March 1945

Preparations for Op Varsity.  See Appendices.

 

22nd March 1945

1400 to 2200 - Loading at various airfields.  RHQ and Section of 210 Bty:- Dunmow.  211 Bty:- Shepherd Grove.  212 Bty:- Earls Colne.

 

23rd March 1945

Final loading adjustments and marshalling of gliders.

 

24th March 1945

0700 - Take off.

 

1000 - P Hour.

 

1050 - First gliders of the regiment landed.

 

1100 - 11 guns in action.  5 in 211 Bty (one of which was attached from 210) and 6 in 212 Bty (3 of which were from 210).

 

1500 - Situation established.  Registration by E OP (Capt Stewart).  Harassing on small parties of inf.  Mainly fired through command net by Mediums from across the Rhine to save our ammunition for DF.

 

1600 - 211 had 8 guns in action (3 from 210).  212 had 8 guns and 1 25 pdr (3 from 210).  Capt Stewart in E OP was the only regular troop comd in action.  He was in 1 RUR area.  Lt. B. Cotton manned F Troop OP in 52 LI area.  Lt Harper C Troop OP and Lt Pentelow D Troop OP in 5 Para Bde area.

 

2200 - Party set off with pln of inf as protection to unload a Hamilcar of ammunition that had landed too far away from the LZ to allow safe unloading in daylight.

 

2330 - Mixed force of all arms 100 strong surrendered to RHQ which had engaged them with Bren guns while they were trying to move East to their lines.

 

25th March 1945

0145 - Ammunition party returned with successfully unloaded amn.

 

0700 - Small parties of Panther tanks and SPs were probing 52 LI front opposite F Troop OP which engaged several U Tgts during the day as did also the FOUs.

 

0930 to 1130 - 88mm intermittent shelling on E Troop position.  No casualties but E Troop moved at 1200 hrs to 185485.  Troop positions were:- C 183494  D 183491  E 187488  F 187486.  The 25 pdr fired red smoke most of the morning for typhoons in Ringenberg area.

 

1600 - Counter attack forces forming up on the East side of the River Issel was stonked and typhooned; consequently it never materialised.

 

Note

The Regt started with 78 gliders which eventually their flights:-

35 (45%) landed all right within 1000 yds of the LZ.

14 (18%) landed away from the LZ but arrived on D Day or D plus 1 with loads intact.

7 (9%) Landed West of the Rhine but joined up within 4 days.

22 (28%) loads were completely lost: 3 hit by Flak in mid-air, 3 crashed on landing, 15 landed wide and were destroyed by enemy, 1 was hit and set on fire on LZ.

 

The Casualties were:-

 

Killed

Wounded

Missing

POW

Offrs

ORs

 

26th March 1945

0900 - The Div attacked North East towards Brünan with 6 Airldg Bde in the lead.  The objectives were reached without opposition by 1200.  12 Devons with 211 Bty in sp on the Northern axis reached high ground NE of Brünan and 1 RUR on the Southern axis were established 2000 yds South of the Devons.

 

1300 - Guns moves to area 2147 leaving a rear party at the Regtl Comd Post under Maj Craigie - 211's BC who had been wounded.  New posns: 210 219469, 212 218472.

 

27th March 1945

1400 - The Regt moved to 2948.

 

1600 - Regt ready:- 210 at 296482, 212 at 299480.

 

1645 - AARR mortars surveyed in on Regt Grid.

 

1815 - Recce parties went to area 3549 and 3649.

 

1845 - Regt moved during which 25 Fd took over our commitments.

 

2030 - Deployed in new area.  RHQ 339491  210 331489  212 337482.

 

2230 - No OPs with Bns.  No firing.  Sea Tail Party caught up with Rear HQ at original gun area.

 

28th March 1945

0930 - Regt supported 3 Para Bde in the advance and capture of Launbeck 4952 and moved to area of ERLE.  RHQ 392491  210 390493  212 388490.

 

1600 - Regt moved to 4352 and engaged an SP a flak gun.  RHQ 428523  210 427518  212 428523.

 

29th March 1945

0800 - Regt re-organised on a 3 Bty basis.  Each Bty with 6 guns forming 1 troop.

 

0845 - Relieved of commitments with 3 Para Bde.  Ready to move in sp 5 Bde.

 

1000 - Regt supported adv of 5 Para Bde to Coesfield and came into action at 1700 hrs.  210 560678  211 564681  212 564680  RHQ 564681.

 

1830 - All available tpt fwd 7 and 12 Para Bns up the last 3 miles of the axis to Coesfield where Bde went into a tight defensive posn.

 

30th March 1945

Static day in action.

 

1400 - 212 sent out two local OPs with a party of men to engage 200 inf reported in the woods West of our posn.  No firing but 15 PW were captured in various small parties.

 

31st March 1945

0400 - Regt moved to Greven (9188) in sp of 3 Para Bde.

 

1200 - Arrived at Greven to find some SP fire being put down in the proposed Regt area 9088.

 

1300 - SP fire lifted Regt in action as follows: 210 903892  211 903897  212 906888  RHQ 900886.

 

1800 - Bridge ready.  Moved across the canal to square 9489.  Considerable sniping from woods to the right of road on way up.  No casualties.

 

2030 - Regt in action.  210 943891  211 938889  212 940890  RHQ 935892.

 

 

Month and year : April 1945

Commanding Officer : Lt Col R.A. Eden DSO, RA

 

1st April 1945

1000 - The Regt moved in the order 211, 210, 212 and RHQ.  210-960900; 211-960899; 212-975904; RHQ-977897.  Very little firing from this posn; mainly at SP guns.

 

1630 - 210 Bty moved to 978908.

 

1745 - 210 ready; the rest of the Regt moved up to 210 posns; 211-975905; 212-971905; RHQ-971905.

 

2nd April 1945

1400 - The Regt moved over the Dortmund-Ems Canal and drove up the axis in rear of 5 Para Bde through Ladbergen and Langerich.

 

1830 - Opposition was met at 107993 and the Regt dropped into action SE of Lanferich. 210-112997; 211-106996; 212-097995; RHQ-095995.

 

3rd April 1945

0100 - 211 Bty and the Recce Parties moved to the area of Natrup.  A German mine laying party encountered on the Natrup cross rds was satisfactorily despatched with small arms and a few rds from 75mm which was brought into action on the rd.

 

0800 - 210, 211 and RHQ joined 211 in the Natrup area.  The posns were 210-130019; 212-143033, RHQ-145035.

 

1130 - Recce parties left to prepare a Regtl posn in area of 1607.  The inf moved on towards Osnabruck and took up posns in the NW and W outskirts of the town.

 

1330 - 212 Bty moved to 163054.

 

1415 - 210, 211 and RHQ moved up forward of 212 to 210-169072; 211-167063; RHQ-167069.

 

1630 - 212 was moved to 172068.  There was practically no firing from this posn.  1 Cdo Bde were going through us in the morning.  1 Mtn Regt had taken over a lot of our commitments.

 

4th April 1945

An uneventful day.  OPs in and Osnabruck captured with very little trouble by 1 Cdo Bde.

 

5th April 1945

0800 - The Regt moved round the south of Osnabruck to the north of Minden over very congested rds.

 

1600 - The guns came into action in sp of 6 Airldg Bde - 210-782175; 211-781177; 212-781179; RHQ-780180.  The Regt fired at a number of mortar posns both before and during the crossing of WESER by 52 LI at 1800 hrs.

 

1930 - The Regt moved to the area 7918.  The 52 LI had consolidated their bridgehead in square 8216 and 12 Devons were in Petershagen 8421.  Posns - 210-795180; 211-794183; 212-794192; RHQ-788183.

 

6th April 1945

1030 - The Regt moved by Btys to the area W of Petershagen.

 

1230 - Regt all in action in new posn; 210-831200; 211-794183; 212-836206; RHQ-828201.

 

2130 - 211 and 212 Btys started to move across the WESER.  There was considerable trouble both with the bridge and the run off of the E side and they did not across until 0700 hrs.

 

7th April 1945

0600 - 210 Bty ordered into action at 852216.

 

0815 - 211 and 212 Btys ready in posns near Lahde.  211-845215; 212-860199.

 

0900 - 210 and RHQ followed across the river and went to: RHQ-854201; 210-835255.

 

8th April 1945

0900 - The Regt supported an attack on the woods south of Lahde to clear up Battle Group (3 tiger, 3 panther tanks, 4 ferdinand SPs and 300 inf).  Appx A.

 

1200 - No opposition and no prisoners taken.

 

1700 - The Regt went into harbour at Bergkirchen 0325.

 

9th April 1945

A day of rest and maintenance.

 

1940 - Orders from 6 Airldg Bde to be ready to move from 1400 hrs tomorrow.

 

10th April 1945

1500 - The Regt moved with 6 Bde into action in Hertlingen.

 

1800 - 210-278317; 211-277323; 212-276320; RHQ-274313.

 

11th April 1945

1200 - 212 Bty came out of action and moved to Stellingen 2829 at 1500 hrs.

 

1730 - 211 moved to Stellingen in action at 280297.

 

1830 - 210 and RHQ moved to Stellingen.

 

1940 - HQRA gave permission for all guns to come out of action.  RHQ-289298.

 

12th April 1945

Maintenance and cleaning.

 

1130 - The GOC inspected 210 Bty informally.

 

1200 - 212 Bty ordered to move in sp of Cdn Para Bn to clear the woods on the way to Wickenburg 4250.  Appx B.

 

13th April 1945

211 Bty at 2 hours notice to move in sp of 1 RUR to clear woods behind 11 Armd Div advance to W of Celle.  Not required.

 

14th April 1945

1200 - Moved with 6 Bde to 6354.  Out of action.

 

15th April 1945

1400 - The Regt moved up 6 Bde axis to Uelzen.

 

2000 - Regt in action area Standemun.  RHQ-899793; 210-894793; 211-895790; 212-893793.

 

1400 - The Regt moved off up the axis with 6 Airldg Bde who took up posns SE of Uelzen.

 

2045 - Regt in action.  210-895793; 211-895788; 212-894788; RHQ-899792.

 

16th April 1945

1300 - 210 Bty moved to 920898.

 

1515 - 210 Bty ready; 211 and 212 moved to 920826 and      respectively.  A considerable of red smoke was fired from this posn for Typhoons at 1830.

 

2100 - The Regt moved to posns in the N of       210-955857; 211-956856; 212-958857; RHQ-956853.  Also in sp 6 Fd Regt and 25 Fd Regt.

 

17th April 1945

1400 - 210 Bty moved to Ratzlingen.

 

1500 - 210 Bty ready.  212 moved up to the area.

 

1830 - The CO ordered 210 and 212 Btys to move to the SE side of Ratzlingen to sp an attack towards Rosche in the morning.

 

2000 - The Regt reported ready in its new posns:- 210-981904; 211-982903; 212-983907; RHQ-972907 unmoved.

 

2045 - Capt DK Thomas RA ex POW returned.

 

18th April 1945

1115 - CO ordered recce parties to Rosche.

 

1150 - 210 Bty moved to Rosche and were shelled by an SP as soon as they were in posn.  2 men were slightly wounded.  211 and 212 posns were being shelled too heavily to let them occupy them so both Btys returned to their old posns at Ratzlingen.

 

1710 - Recce parties went to the area between Rosche and Nateln.  The Regt moved by Btys to this area between 1830 and 2030 hrs.

 

2030 - Regt ready in posns:- 210-028904; 211-030917; 212-034917; RHQ-034903.  There was considerable SP fire in the morning and early afternoon.  63 Med Regt fired several bombards and through us on to posns given by the CMO.

 

19th April 1945

Considerable patrol activity during the night and further patrolling went on all day.  Appx C, D, E.

 

1100 - No firing on any part of the front unless called for by the FOOs with patrols.

 

2000 - Capt OE Brownlow-Wray was wounded on patrol with 1 RUR at 075913.  Capt Tweedle took his place.

 

20th April 1945

Night patrols as last night.  Offensive patrolling all day.  All shooting was controlled by the FOOs with the patrols.  Yesterdays shoot on      (see appx) induced the defenders to give themselves up.  Local OP 040900 reported movement towards south all day.  Most of it turned out to be AARR investigating.

 

21st April 1945

0530 - Night patrols as last night, nothing fresh reported.  Americans took over Katzien from 52 LI; Rosche from 12 Devons and Tegendorf from 1 RUR.  The Bde was in reserve in the same villages.  The only firing was from the local OP as blind firing was forbidden by HQ RA on account of the Americans patrolling.

 

22nd April 1945

The Americans advanced on the whole Bde front at first light.

 

1305 - CO asked for Regt to come out of action as Americans had advanced beyond our range.  CRA refused permission in case of an emergency.  OPs remained with inf.

 

23rd April 1945

FLR NTR.

 

0915 - HQRA ordered the Regt out of action.  See RA 6 A/B Div.

 

1120 - The Regt moved to a harbour area at Nattendorf 8301; RHQ-845017.  Mov Order No 5.

 

24th to 27th April 1945

Maintenance and cleaning of vehicles.

 

28th April 1945

Loading and unloading of assault craft drill practiced.

 

29th April 1945

Maintenance and preparation for tomorrow's crossing of the river ELBE.  See RA 6 A/B Div Admin Instr No 4.

 

30th April 1945

0645 - Regt moved to staging area at HOLZEN 9019.

 

2000 - The Regt crossed the ELBE seven hours later than had been expected and came into action at 2300 hrs.  210-882383; 211-879383; 212-888391; RHQ-888390.

 

 

Month and year : May 1945

Commanding Officer : Lt Col R.A. Eden DSO, RA

 

1st May 1945

0530 - Recce parties set off to recce the area W of Nostorf 9438.  RA 6 A/B Div OO No 14.

 

0900 - The Regt moved into posns keeping 2 btys in action during the whole move.

 

1215 - All Batteries in action and ready on a regtl grid.  210-933387; 211-938384; 212-936385; RHQ-932379.

 

1300 - 212 moved to sp AA RA advance to Buchen 9246 and Fitgen 9348.  No firing.

 

2nd May 1945

0430 - Recce parties went to area 9940 on the tail of the first Bn.  The first Bn went to Grasse 0041 and the second to Schwastow 0039.  The area was found clear and the regt moved into it at 0820 hrs.

 

0700 - 3 Para Bde reported to be on today's objective - Wittenburg 2151.  Given permission to go on further.

 

1145 - Regt ready on regtl grid 210-993398; 211-996401; 212-997404; RHQ-992391.

 

1200 - 3 Para Bde on the Div's final objective for the op - WISMAR 4594.

 

1630 - 6 Airldg Bde left for Wismar, 100 of each Bn travelling on their bty's tpt.  The CL ran through Wittenburg, Lutzow 2867 and Gadebusch 2872.  210 with 12 Devons, 211 with 52 LI,  212 with RUR.

 

3rd May 1945

0200 - Regt after debussing the inf went to harbour for the rest of the night.  210 and 211 in Grapenstau 4286; 212 and RHQ in Scharstorf 4288.

 

0900 - Recce parties to 4783.  Going into action as a precaution against the Germans, between the Russians and ourselves, deciding to make a last stand.

 

1215 - The regt moved into action - 210-477839; 211-471834; 212 and RHQ at 471837.  Nothing to report except the surrender of a German Div to the Bde.

 

4th May 1945

0530 - 6 Airldg Bde gave permission for the regt to come out of action.

 

1630 - HQRA ordered us to move out of action to the area of DAMBECK 4092.  211 went to Drispeth 4181 and 212 to Rostorf 4284.  210 and RHQ remained in Dambeck.

 

5th to 15th May 1945

Maintenance, cleaning and rest.  6 Air Div RA Adm Instr No 5.

 

16th May 1945

0930 - The regt moved to Luneburg in two parties.  One an airlift to fly to England, the other on the vehs, comprising 2 men per veh.

 

1630 - Regt arrived at Luneburg and went to area 7514 for the night.

 

17th May 1945

0730 - Airlift left Luneburg airfd in parties of 20 in Dakotas for Brussels.

 

0900 - Veh party left to go to Sulingen W 7254 via Soltan X 4189.

 

1630 - Arrival at Sulingen (80 miles).  Airlift changes planes at Brussels and flew to Cilebolton aerodrome, arriving at 1400 hrs.

 

1500 - First party arrived at Bulford.

 

18th May 1945

0800 - Vehs left Sulingen and went via Xanton Bridge to Geldern, arriving at 1800 hrs (165 miles).

 

19th May 1945

0730 - Party left Geldern for Louvain.

 

1630 - Arrival Louvain (135 miles).

 

20th May 1945

0820 - Final stage of journey via Ghent to Ostend.

 

1530 - Arrived III Transit Camp, Ostend.

 

21st May 1945

0740 - 17 trucks of RHQ left for the docks.

 

1200 - RHQ sailed for TILBURY.

 

22nd May 1945

1500 - Remaining vehs left Ostend for Calais.

 

1900 - Arrived at Calais and embarked.

 

1930 - RHQ party arrived at Bulford.

 

23rd May 1945

1900 - All vehs back at Bulford.

 

 

Appx D

 

NOT TO BE TAKEN INTO THE AIR

53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt RA OO No 1

VARSITY-PLUNDER

 

Copy No 31

19 Mar 45

 

INFM

See RA 6 Airborne Div OO No 7 (1 copy only to each Bty).

 

1.  Enemy (items extra to infm from 'I' summaries)

Remnants of 24 divs crossed the Rhine after battles WEST of it but their average cas were 5000 per div which is more than 2/3 as the fighting str of the German div is only 7000.  Morale is now so badly undermined that many docs refer to deserter stragglers and there are many slogans of encouragement posted about even on vehs.  Minefields are only expected round HAMMINKELN.

 

2.  Own Tps (items extra to RA OO No 7)

        (a) General.  The object is to isolate the RUHR by outflanking it along the northern plain.

        (b) RAF.  There are two visual control posts which operate the quickest method of sp from the cab rank.

        (c) Glider Pilots.  (Comd Maj TLJ Toler)

                Tasks - 1.  Clear the Bty areas together with Bty recce gps.

                2.  Form two standing patrols each 20 strong as escort to the local OPs under Major Bartlett.

                3.  Pls with 211 Bty local defence of 211 area and guard for civilian centre until relieved by 7 Para Bn when they form local reserve in area 212 BHQ 191486.

                4.  Pls with 212 Bty local defence of 212 area and guard for civ centre.

                5.  Pilots with bulk loaded and 25 pr gliders (4 Hamilcars, 3 Horsas) guard them until arrival of jeeps.  These glider tails are painted yellow.

                        Note:- 3 and 4 above will patrol EAST as far as pylons.

        (d) 4.2 Mortar Pl of C Sqn Recce Regt.  (Comd Capt O'Hanlon)  Mortar posn: orchard 195486; alternatively SOUTH edge of hedge 193487.

 

INTENTION

3.     (a) One section close sp of one Coy 12 Devons in clearing Div Tps LZ and Div HQ area 189479.

        (b) One Bty 12 x 75mm in sp 5 Para Bde; one Bty in sp 6 A/L Bde; both Btys with primary task DF fire.

        (c) Regt secondary role sp 3 Para Bde.

 

METHOD

4.  Move from glider to gun posns with only dvrs and R/T ops mounted.

 

5.  RVs on landing:-

        (a) 211 Bty area EAST of lone clump of trees 185486.

        (b) RHQ and 212 Bty X tracks 187485.

 

6.  R Xn A Tp (Capt B Godfrey i/c) from 211 Bty join coy 12 Devons immediately on landing.  Sp one coy 12 Devons with direct or semi-direct fire and join 211 Bty on release by coy comd.

 

7.  OPs normal with extra:-

        (a) Local OP from 211 with Glider Pilot escort of 20 men in area farm 180486; senior offr in Bty gun area responsible.

        (b) Similar from 212 area farm 182482.

        (c) Regt OP from 211 copse astride rly 168491 escorted by one Pl 7 Para Bn to be on Regt net.  OP offr to report to RHQ for orders on arrival of Bty in gun area.  BCs are also responsible for all FOU OPs in their own section.

 

8.  Gun areas:-

        RHQ farm in orchard 19054870.

        211 Bty farm 187486

        C Tp Depression 185491

        D Tp Fields NW of BHQ 186487

        212 BHQ farm 191486

        E Tp Field between 2 orchard belts 192484

        F Tp Field NE of VIXEN 191483.

Each gun will dig alternative site to cover blind part of 360 dgs arc immediately permanent pit is finished.

 

9.  Method of Occupation

By Btys.  Bty 'G' parties seize and occupy gun areas in conjunction with glider pilots - guns in visual touch behind.  Any opposition will be engaged primarily with guns (firing gun control unless otherwise ordered; secondarily with PIATs).

 

10.   (a) Reg ZL - Grid North.

        (b) Zones of observation:-

                Btys on Bde fronts as and when required by Bde Comds.

                Regt OP at copse 168491; NW along rly line and EAST along WEST flank of wood 169495.

        (c) Zones of fire:-

                Primary areas: 211 Bty Bgs 290 dgs - 45 dgs.

                                       212 Bty Bgs 35 dgs - 100 dgs.

 

11.  Registration - as per RA OO No 7.

 

12.  Types of Fire.

        (a) DF - as per RA OO No 7 Appx C and Trace F.

        (b) Harassing Fire - confined to scale 1 on suspected Mortar or Bty posns; BCs or OPs may fire the reglt scale 1 as a normal counter measure to HM or HB activity.  If posn is unknown the most likely posn (from the map) in the particular HM or HB area must be engaged scale 1 from all available guns in the Regt.

 

13.  Amn.

        (a) Restrictions not to reduce less than 100 rpg without ref to RHQ.  Emergency reserve 60 rpg.

        (b) Special shell - coloured smoke will be fired 20" interval by one gun (increasing to 30" if good conditions) for 3 mins when ordered to indicate a tgt.  If aircraft not in vicinity and ETA is ordered tgt will be indicated for 2 mins before and 3 mins after ETA.

        (c) Bulk loaded amn together with 25 pr guns will be fetched soonest with all available jeeps and amn numbers.  211 Bty responsible for bulk Horsa.

 

15.  Survey

        Regt grid.  Local mag var 5 dgs 38 mins W.

 

16.  Demolition

Each GPO will report to RHQ the necessity or otherwise of demolishing the pylons and which ones required removing.  Bty demolition parties will NOT blow without ref to RHQ.

 

ADMN

17.  Amn Pt - area down rly 1000 yds SOUTH of Div HQ.  Resupply 160 rpg per day.

 

18.  RAP - Barn in area 212 BHQ 191486.

 

19.  Traffic Control - vehs or personnel moving about the regt area for any purpose whatsoever will keep to rigid tracks or paths and avoid any open ground operationally necessary.

 

20.  Civilians - All civs will be disarmed and centralised by Btys to ensure that no one leaves the area at any time.  Glider pilots are providing guards but each Bty is responsible for civs in its own area.

 

21.  Div Pool - Each bty will reserve 10 jeeps and trailers for Div tpt pool.

 

22.  Supply drops expected: 1st - P plus 45 min 150 tins.  On D plus 1 2 days resupply equals 450 tons.  DZ area SOUTH of Div HQ.

 

23.  See RA 6 Airborne Div Adm Instr No 2 (1 copy to each Bty).

 

INTERCOMN

24.  Code Names (for each reference only)

        Copse 186493 Preston

        Copse 185484 Bunty

        Copse 189481 Vixen

 

25.  LO

        212 Bty will reserve one offr to act as Div RA LO with Arty HQ 17 US Div.  R/T set probably provided by HQ RA.

 

26.  Netting

        On landing each set will immediately call up control and senior set in action will assume control on respective nets.

 

(SD) AE LEAF Capt RA

for Lt Col RA

Comd 53 (WY) Air Landing Light Regt RA

 

 

Appx

 

Glider No Tac sign Type

Occupants

Map Ref Landing:

Did it Crash

Nose or Tail unloading

Eqpt

Was eqpt written off

How far from intended area

Flak

Remarks

255 Hamilcar

L/Sjt Gower, Gnr Page, Gnr Deighton, Gnr Julian

Not known

-

-

Ammunition

Yes

No trace has been found of this glider.  Crew known to be PW.

-

-

256 Hamilcar

L/Bdr Healey, Gnr Miller, Gnr Eastwood, Gnr Wintle

19008490

No

Successfully unloaded

Amn

No

800 x E of LZ

No

-

307 Horsa I

L/Bdr Walker

19784990

No

Tail unloading OK.

Ammunition

No

3000 x N of LZ

No

-

363 B7 Horsa II

Lt Stoop, Bdr Brown, Gnr Savitsky, Gnr Gailey

19954825

No

Nose unloading successful

Jeep, Trlr, Lt wt m/c

No

3 miles W

No

Rejoined unit D plus 1

305 Horsa II

BSM Bentley, Sjt Nichols, Gnr Hare, Gnr Lawson, Gnr Molloy, Gnr Gray

18654835

No

-

1 25 pr gun

Yes

3000 x NW Bunty

No

Glider set on fire on landing. All crew wounded

364 Horsa II

L/Bdr Pettifer, L/Bdr Hale, Gnr Perry, Gnr Rogers, Gnr Hyatt, Gnr Daniels

17355145

No

Nose unloading successful

1 25 pr gun

No

On area

No

-

258 Hamilcar

Bdr Bawden, Gnr Auld, Gnr Jones, Gnr Joyce

18754970

Yes

Neither due to crash

Ammunition

No

1500 x N of LZ

-

-

253 Hamilcar

Bdr Jeffrey, Gnr Beech, Gnr Hyland, Gnr White

19905165

No

Nose unloading successful

Ammunition

No

4000 x NE of Bunty

-

-

359 B2 Horsa II

Sjt Groom, Gnr Smith, Gnr Shepperd

18354850

Yes

Nose unloading failed. Tail unloading OK

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

OK

Slight. Jostled glider.

Glider set on fire after load recovered

360 B3 Horsa II

Sjt Gillies, L/Bdr Weller, Gnr Keys

18604850

No

Nose unloading successful

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

OK

Yes. Not serious

No Cas

361 B4 Horsa II

Sjt Reed, Gnr Debman, Gnr Docherty

18854755

No

Nose unloading successful

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

1500 x S of LZ.

No

1 Pilot wounded

362 B5 Horsa II

Lt Stubbs, Bdr Mortiboy, L/Bdr Hartley, Gnr Hayden

15504800

No

Neither were successful

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 1 lt wt m/c

No

3 miles W of LZ

No

When load was recovered, glider set on fire by 88mm

[436?] X Horsa II

Maj Craigie, L/Bdr Thomas, Gnr Earsman, Sjt Jenkins, Gnr Webster

18495060

No

Nose unloading effective

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

No

3000 x N.E. of LZ

Yes

-

287 K Horsa I

Capt Furbank, BSM Carter, L/Bdr Sharpe, L/Bdr Clarke, Gnr Gardner, Gnr McCall

19184817

-

Glider so badly damaged impossible to retrieve load

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

Yes

1000 S of LZ

Yes

Capt Furbank, BSM Carter injured in crash [& evacuated?]

438 RD Horsa II

Capt Rogers, Gnr Simmonds, Gnr Sumner, Gnr Watson, Bdr Pamphlet, L/Bdr Bird

English Channel

Yes

-

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

Yes

-

-

-

291 GD Horsa II

Lt Lyne, BSM Carter, L/Bdr Brown, Gnr Bloom, Gnr Williams

2½ miles SW of Lille

-

Nose.

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

No

-

-

When landing nose wheel collapsed through hitting ditch approx 18" deep

293 TLD Horsa I

Lt Lester, Gnr Morris, Gnr Cruse, Cpl Marshall, Sjt Nicholls

Not Known

-

Tail

Jeep, Trlr, 1 lt wt m/cs

Yes

-

-

Lt Lester heard by Maj Craigie by wrls on ground. Reported landed S of LZ and making way N. Signals eventually faded out. Reported Lt Lester PW. Gnr Morris wounded and in Br hands

298 D1 Horsa II

Sjt McRobbie, L/Bdr Rollings, Gnr Tunstall

189485

-

Nose

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

500 x S of LZ

Heavy flak

No Cas

299 D2 Horsa II

Sjt Ryder, Bdr Barrs, Gnr Leary

Not Known

Not Known

-

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

Yes

Not Known

Not Known

Complete crew missing.

300 D3 Horsa II

Sjt Gilliver, L/Bdr Deacon, Gnr Worsley

Not Known

Not Known

-

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

Yes

Not Known

Not Known

Sjt Gilliver, Gnr Worsley PW

289 H Horsa II

Lt Spittal, Sjt Clifford, Gnr Maidment, Gnr Thomas, Gnr Prescott

Nr Kings Lynn, Norfolk

-

Nose wheel damaged, could only unload after crane had lifted nose off ground

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

No

-

-

-

437 RC Horsa II

Capt Price, Bdr Duke, L/B Jones, Gnr Hudson, Gnr Bird, Gnr Shepherd

167489

Yes

Nose.

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

Yes

3000 x N.W.

Light flak

Bdr. Duke killed

292 TLC I Horsa

Lt Ball, Sjt Simmonds, Gnr Cox, Gnr Miller, Cfn Austin

5 miles from Calais

No. Caught in slipstream and cast off

Tail unloading OK.

Jeep, Trlr, 1 lt wt m/cs

No

250 miles

-

-

290 GC Horsa II

Lt Withecombe, BSM Baker, Gnr Day, Gnr Richardson

Approx 2 miles SE of "Buntys" folly

No

Nose

Jeep, Trlr, 1 lt wt m/cs

-

2 miles

-

Lt Withecombe wounded & evacuated

294 C1 Horsa II

Sjt White, Bdr Cassidy, Gnr Madlin

184488

No

Nose.

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

On LZ

No

-

295 C2 Horsa II

Sjt Howell, L/Bdr Beale, Gnr Lavelle

Edge of Wood 194502

No

Nose

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

5000 x N.W. of LZ

No

All 3 wounded. After landing glider was hit by 88mm flak gun and caught fire

296 C3 Horsa II

Sjt Reynolds, Gnr Toole, Gnr Robbins

Edge of Wood 194502

No

Nose

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

5000 x N.W. of LZ

No

-

297 C4 Horsa II

Sjt Penman, L/Bdr Simpkins, L/Bdr  Crowther

Edge of Wood 194502

No

Nose

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

Yes

5000 x N.W. of LZ

No

Hit by 88mm flak gun during unloading. Sjt Penman & L/Bdr Simpkins killed

307 C5 Horsa II

Sjt Topliss, Gnr Stevens, Gnr Lemon

183504

No

Tail. Quick release would not work.

Jeep, Trlr

No

2500 x N.E. of LZ

Heavy flak

-

308 C6 Horsa II

Bdr Smailes, Gnr Stanley, Gnr Jordan, Gnr Stanbey

183486

No

Tail

Jeep, Trlr

No

LZ

Light flak

-

309 C7 Horsa II

Bdr Crowder, L/Bdr Chapman, L/Bdr Amor, Gnr Walch

Shepherds Grove Aerodrome, England

No

Tail

Jeep, Trlr

Jeep only recovered

-

-

Landed owing to air pressure union in front of co pilot loose

310 C8 Horsa II

Lt Stanion, Bdr Watkins, Gnr Reeves, Gnr Wood

184488

No

Tail. Quick release unsuccessful. Axe used

Jeep, Trlr

No

L.Z.

Light flak

-

301 D4 Horsa II

Sjt Ashfield, Gnr Allan, Gnr Iredale

181487

No

Nose unloading successful

75mm How, Trlr, Jeep

No

600 x NE of L.Z.

Heavy flak

No Cas

311 D5 Horsa I

L/Sjt Price, L/Bdr Whitfield, Gnr Shirran, Gnr Oliver

192493

No

Tail

Jeep, Trlr

No

3000 x SE of L.Z.

Light flak

L/Sjt Price wounded

312 D6 Horsa I

Bdr Hayseldene, Gnr Sutcliffe, Gnr Woods, Gnr Collins

188480

No

Tail

Jeep, Trlr

No

1000 x E of L.Z.

No

Gnr Collins wounded

313 D7 Horsa I

Lt Laird, Bdr Wright, Gnr Nash, Gnr Mullins

W of Rhine

Yes

Tail

Jeep, Trlr

No

4000 x SW of L.Z.

No

No Cas

314 D8 Horsa I

Bdr Gray, Gnr Gower, Bdr Head, Gnr Jackson

183487

No

Tail

Jeep, Trlr

No

L.Z.

Light flak

No Cas

173 X Horsa II

Maj WC Knox-Peebles, Sjt Dunne, Gnr Clipson, Gnr Haines, Gnr Parker

203486

No

-

Wrls Jeep, Trlr

Yes

On correct area

Light flak

Hit by flak gun on ground and caught fire. Maj Knox-Peebles killed. Sjt Dunne, Gnrs Haines, Parker wounded

343 K Horsa II

Capt Anderson, BSM Fisher, Gnr Brown, Gnr Anderson, L/Bdr Sanders, Gnr Robinson

18604855

Yes

Nose unloading with difficulty

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 m/cs

No

On correct area

No

No cas

345 H Horsa II

Lt Bower, Gnr Smith, Gnr King, Gnr Richardson

18554830

Yes

-

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 1 m/c

No

400 x

No

No cas

349 Y Horsa II

Lt Pentelow, AQMS Kenny, Sjt Millar, Gnr Harvey, Gnr Halfacre

18554847

No

Nose unloading OK

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 m/cs

No

On correct area

No

No cas

346 GE Horsa II

Lt Tweedle, BSM Smith, L/Bdr Thompson, Gnr Pearson, Gnr Coles

18454855

Yes. Lost undercarriage & 1 wing

Nose unloading OK

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 1 m/c

No

On correct area

No

-

174 RE Horsa II

Capt Stewart, L/Sjt Tomlinson, Bdr Godbeer, Gnr Cumming, Gnr Clemo, Gnr Clarke

20344830

Yes

Nose unloading OK

Wrls Jeep, Trlr

No

On correct area

Yes. Damage to tail

Bdr Godbeer, Gnrs Clemo and Clarke wounded

348 LE Horsa II

Lt B Cotton, L/Bdr Tangye, Gnr Gerrard, Gnr Shevels, Cfn Hope

18804825

No

Nose unloading

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 mc/s

No

On correct area

No

No cas

371 E8 Horsa I

L/Sjt Wall, Gnr Hooker, Gnr Gale, Gnr Manser

18424855

No

Axe used. 25 mins delay

Jeep, Trlr

No

On correct area

No

No cas

175 RF Horsa II

Capt Thomson, Gnr Harvey, Gnr Gordon, Gnr Allingham, Sjt Brackner, Gnr Gore

21504950

No

Nose unloading OK

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

1 m/c

On correct area

Yes

Capt Thomson, Gnr Allingham wounded

347 GF Horsa II

Lt Farrer, BSM Foster, Gnr Ross, L/Bdr Chesney, Gnr Pemberton

18704848

No

Nose unloading OK

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 1 lt wt m/c

No

On correct area

No

No cas

354 F1 Horsa II

Sjt Taylor, L/Bdr Bates, Gnr Beattie

16204850

Yes. Glider caught fire

-

Jeep, Trlr, 75mm How

Yes

3000 x

No

L/Bdr Bates killed. Rem wounded

355 F2 Horsa II

Sjt Hardy, Gnr Halford, Gnr Howarth

18904836

Yes. Undercarriage came off due to rough landing

Tail unloading OK

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

-

No

No cas

356 F3 Horsa II

Sjt Marsh, Bdr Althorpe, Gnr Milward

18954834

No

Nose unloading OK

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

-

No

No cas

357 F4 Horsa II

Sjt Rowe, Gnr Jeffs, Gnr Young

Not known

Not known

-

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

Yes

Glider missing

Not known

Crew missing

350 E1 Horsa II

Sjt Roberts, Gnr Greenwood, Gnr Southall

18604843

No

Nose unloading OK

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

On correct area

No

No cas

351 E2 Horsa II

Sjt Pearce, Bdr Desmond, Gnr Howells

approx 195484

Yes. Slight damage

Nose unloading OK

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

900 x

No

No cas

352 E3 Horsa II

Sjt Gough, L/Bdr Bates, Gnr Gibbs

16824840

No

Nose unloading OK

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

On correct area

No

No cas

353 E4 Horsa II

Sjt Lowe, Bde Taylor, Gnr Burton

18554840

No

Nose unloading OK

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

On correct area

No

No cas

365 E5 Horsa II

Bdr Cotterill, Gnr Jackson, Gnr Hargreaves, Gnr Spear

18334835

No

Nose unloading OK

Jeep, Trlr

No

600 x

No

-

366 E6 Horsa I

Bdr Cockshott, Gnr Atkinson, Gnr Walker, Gnr Wilson

18904795

Yes. Undercarriage slightly damaged.

Tail. Axe used. 10 mins delay

Jeep, Trlr

No

800 x

No

-

367 E7 Horsa I

Bdr Bumby, Gnr Sargent, Gnr Whiffin, Gnr Pollard

16454885

Yes. One wing broken on telegraph pole

Unloading impossible to unload owing to SA fire

Jeep, Trlr

Yes

2000 x

No

Gnr Whiffin wounded

368 F5 Horsa I

Bdr Jay, Gnr Whitehead, Gnr Woodall, Gnr Miller

18104930

No

Tail unloading OK

Jeep, Trlr

No

1200 x

No

No cas

369 F6 Horsa I

Sjt Horne, Gnr Howes, Gnr Mitchell, Gnr Fisher

16364830

Yes. Caught fire

Tail unloading OK

Jeep, Trlr

Yes. Burnt

2500 x

Yes. Badly in tail

Gnr Howes killed. Gnr Mitchell wounded

370 F7 Horsa I

Lt Aylard, Bdr Hobday, Gnr McLean, Gnr Littler

16154972

Yes

-

Jeep, Trlr

Yes

3000 x

No

Bdr Hobday, Gnr McLean, Gnr Littler wounded

371 F8 Horsa I

Bdr Matthews, Gnr Cook, Gnr Wakelam, Gnr Tabor

18944832

No

Tail unloading OK

Jeep, Trlr

No

On correct area

No

-

394 Z Horsa II

Lt Col Eden, Lt Kessler, Sigmn Cox, Sigmn Struthers, Sigmn Orridge

18204935

Undercarriage came up through floor

Neither could be operated. Load was released through hole cut in side of glider

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

No

1800 x

No

No cas

395 Z2 Horsa II

Maj Hon CR Russell, Bdr Pitts, Sigmn Baker, Sigmn Creek

17804845

No

Impossible to nose unload. Tail unloading with difficulty

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, Hy wt m/c

No

1500 x

Once not serious

No cas

396 FL Horsa II

Capt Leaf, Sjt Ogle, Cpl Howard, L/Bdr Bartle, Sigmn Fettes, Sigmn Stock

19604715

Not known

Not known

Wrls Jeep, Trlr

Yes

Not known

Not known

Capt Leaf rep evac through American med channels, seriously wounded. Sjt Ogle & L/Bdr Bartle wounded in hosp

397 RL Horsa II

Lt Williams RCoS, RSM Last, Sigmn Parfrement, Sigmn Ridgley, Sigmn Hamilton, Sigmn McCabe

21504840

No

Nose unloading successful

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

No

2000 yds

No

No Cas

398 Sur 1 Horsa II

Lt Hurndall, Gnr Hooper, Gnr Diggory, Gnr Rowlands, Gnr Baines, Gnr Adams

1 RUR area

Yes. Glider burnt on landing

-

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

Yes. Destroyed by fire

About 2 miles E

Yes. Badly hit by flak which caused fire

Lt Hurndall wounded Gnrs Diggory & Adams Killed

399 MO Horsa I

Capt James RAMC, L/Bdr Treleavan, Gnr Shehean A, Gnr Hobson, L/Cpl Pitts, Capt Rev Vaugh-Jones RAChD

18954740

No

Tail unloading successful

Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

No

500 x

Very slight, causing no damage

No Cas

384 X Horsa II

Maj Culley, Bdr Dickens, L/Bdr Moore, L/Bdr Lord, Gnr Lay, Gnr Cox

16955158

Yes

Neither was possible owing to crash & subsequent burning

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

Yes. Burnt out

4000 x NE of 3 Para DZ

No

All occupants killed by MG fire

288 RA Horsa II

Capt Godfrey, L/Bdr Moss, Gnr Rivers, Gnr Ranson, Gnr Harrison

18305057

No

Nose unloading satisfactory

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

No

On 5 Para DZ

No

No Cas

347 RE Horsa II

Capt Thomas, Bdr Tawn, L/Bdr Thompson, L/Bdr Homer, Gnr Moreland, Gnr Steadman

17055200?

Not Known

Not Known

Wrls Jeep, Trlr, 2 lt wt m/cs

Yes. Probably captured

2½ miles N of "Bunty"

Not Known

Passengers captured. Not verified

400 A1 Horsa II

Sjt Jones, Bdr Ashton, Gnr Blenkiron

18954800

No

Nose unloading successful

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

Correct LZ

No

No Cas

401 A5 Horsa II

Lt Brownlow-Wray, L/Bdr Phillipson, L/Bdr Oswald, Gnr Wilson

Landed near Leicester

No

Nose unloading OK

Jeep, Trlr, lt wt m/c

No

-

-

Tow rope broken. No cas

402 A2 Horsa II

Sjt Tromans, Bdr Blunt, Gnr Hobson

18304920

Yes

Nose unloading a failure. Tail unloading OK

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

700 x N of "Bunty" OK

Slight. No damage

No Cas

302 A3 Horsa II

L/Sjt Burrows, L/Bdr Newcombe, L/Bdr Williamson

17205105

Yes

Neither owing to burning

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

Yes. Burnt out in glider

3000 x NW of "Bunty"

Yes. Caused glider to nose-dive

2 glider pilots wounded

303 A4 Horsa II

Sjt Wishart, Bdr Hutton, Gnr Noble

18604930

No

Nose unloading satisfactory

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

No

OK

No

No Cas

308 A6 Horsa I

Lt Harper, Gnr Woodcock, Gnr Boardman, Gnr Colclough

18104910

No

Tail unloading satisfactory

Jeep, Trlr, 1 lt wt m/c

No

OK

No

No Cas

358 B1 Horsa II

BSM Thompson, L/Bdr Kinsman, Gnr Fry

Not known

Not Known

Not Known

75mm How, Jeep, Trlr

Yes

Not Known

Not Known

BSM Thompson wounded. Rem missing

 

 

Appx A

Regtl Fire Plan OP FRIGATE in sp 6 Airldg Bde 8 Apr 45 H hr 1130 B

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Serial 1

898157 60m

Bty 63 Med

Predicted

HE

Minus 30 to minus 20

Slow

Serial 2

887173 55m

210 & 211 Btys

Predicted

HE half delay

Minus 10 to minus 3

Slow

Serial 3

881169 60m

212 Bty

Predicted

HE

Minus 10 to H H to plus 5

Slow Normal

Serial 4

890167 59m

Tp 63 Med

Predicted

HE

Minus 5 to H

Normal

Serial 5

Tgt 648 870161 60m

210 & 211 Btys

Predicted

HE half delay less 1 gun per Bty firing WP Smoke

H to plus 3

Rapid

Serial 6

Tgt 648 North 100

210 & 211 Btys

Predicted

WP Sm.

Plus 3 to plus 11

Very Slow

Serial 7

Tgt 648

210 & 211 Btys

Predicted

HE half delay

Plus 13 to plus 15

Intense

Serial 8

Tgt 648

1 sec 63 Med

Predicted

HE

Minus 5 to H H to plus 3

Slow Normal

Serial 9

MZ 46 869157 45m

1 sec 63 Med

Predicted

HE

Minus 5 to H H to plus 3

Slow Normal

Serial 10

MZ 46

Tp 63 Med

Predicted

HE

Plus 13 to plus 16

Rapid

 

OP FRIGATE - DF at call

 

Serial 11

883154 56m

Bty 63 Med, Lt Regt

-

HE

3 mins normal

Serial 12

87651585 57m

Lt Regt

-

HE

Stonk axis 125º 3 mins normal

Serial 13

86851520 50m

Lt Regt

-

HE

Stonk axis 180º

 

 

Appx B

REPORT ON DRILL ORDER (212 Airldg Lt Bty RA) 12 Apr 45.

 

1140 hrs.  Warned to move tp sp 1 Cdn Bn in wood clearing.

 

1245 hrs.  Bty moved to con area SCHEREN BOSTEL 3538.  Ops to contact 8 Para Bn at MELLENDORF 3540.

 

1400 hrs.  8 Para Bn HQ did not know location of CO or the two Coys out wood-clearing.

 

1600 hrs.  Bty moved forward to conc area MEITZE 3743.  BC contacted Bde Comd at 8 Bn HQ after searching area unsuccessfully for our inf.

 

1630 hrs.  Bty moved into action in square 4047.

 

1715 hrs.  Capt Tweedle contacted CO 8 Para Bn at 421493.  Coy held up by small arms fire from WIEKENBERG 4250.  Recce had reached posn at 405500 and a second coy from 8 Para Bn was advancing on WIEKENBERG from the east.  Our tps pinned down and suffering cas.  CO 8 Para Bn decided to withdraw fwd pl until en posn had been engaged by arty fire.

 

1800 hrs.  Capt Tweedle est OP at 422495 and engaged houses at 425507 with the bty.  The OP was sniped continually.  15 rpg fired by obs in burst of 1 and 2 rds gf sweeping area.

 

1815 hrs.  By arrangement with 8 Para Bn CO coy advancing from East was halted and tgt was engaged for 5 mins (15 rds gf 20 secs).

 

1830 hrs.  Coy moved fwd from the East.

 

1840 hrs.  Coy with FOO moved in from South.  No opposition and all en fire had ceased.

 

2000 hrs.  Objective taken and village cleared.

 

2030 hrs.  Received orders from Bde Comd to return to billets.

 

2200 hrs.  Arrived back in STELINGEN.  No cas in bty.

 

E Troop OP Summary 12 Apr 45

 

1730 hrs.  Contacted OC 8 Para Bn at 421493.  One coy pinned down on rd running N into WIEKENBERG.  Asked for fire on houses and wood on S side of town.  Guns on move.  CO asked me to wait while he brought fwd tps back a little way.

 

1800 hrs.  Ranged on 44254506 and went to fire for effect, sweeping with the conc along front edge of the wood and town.  Observation difficult as a lot of sniping.

 

1830 hrs.  Gave "Stand Easy" to guns.  MG and SA fire had ceased.

 

1850 hrs.  Moved fwd with coy comd into village.

 

1900 hrs.  Objective taken.

 

(sd) NG Tweedle

Capt RA

 

 

Appx C

PATROL REPORT 18/19 Apr 45

 

12 Devon Patrol  To 067932 NTR.

 

52 LI Patrol  To Poloeu 0894.  At 077944 around track about a platoon of Germans were engaged with SA fire and grenades and finally stonked by 63 Med Regt.

 

1 RUR Patrol  At 2355 hrs 50 Germans and sound of veh engines 068908 were stonked by 63 Med Regt and 1 RUR mortars.  The same noise was heard again at 0140 hrs and again stonked as before.  After that nothing further was heard.

 

 

Appx D

PATROL REPORT 19 Apr 45

 

12 Devons  1. Rosche to Schwamlitz via Borg.  Borg reported clear but Schwamlitz heavily held.  210 Bty engaged 30 men at 027964.  The first round of gun fire sent them to ground so airburst was used.  Scale 6 was fired altogether, sweeping the area.

                   2. To Polali via 065944 and returning via 065937.  20 en reported at 052933 and Poloeu appeared clear from 076946 otherwise NTR.

 

1 RUR  1400 to 2130 hrs.  Patrol to investigate a report of an SP at 073903.  Patrol met posts of about 20 men at 075905, 074910, 075913, 075904, 073903, 063898.  All these were engaged by 212 Bty.

 

 

Appx E

PATROL REPORT 19/20 Apr 45

 

12 Devons

2200 hrs ) Patrol from Rosche to area 0692.

0200 hrs )

0030 to 0300 hrs.  Patrol to area 0691.

0100 to 0300 hrs.  Patrol to 065898.

 

1 RUR  Patrol along the front edge of the woods E of Tagendorf twice during the night.  Report nothing fresh from the afternoon's patrol.

 

 

Appx F

OP LOG

 

1 Apr 45

210 and 211 Btys OP.  NTR.

 

E Tp.  0900 hrs.  Lt Tweadle went to a local OP to engage an SP gun at 978926; results unknown.

          1330 hrs.  E OP engaged snipers, 40mms and an SP gun spread along the North Western side LADBERGEN with 212 Bty.  The shoot successfully neutralized the en of whom nothing further was seen in that part of the village.

          1800 hrs.  The OP, mobile in the eastern part of the village engaged an SP gun moving out of sight apparently along a rd to the east.

 

F. Tp.  NTR.

 

2 Apr 45

All OPs.  NTR.

 

3 Apr 45

A Tp OP.  1015 hrs.  Advancing on Osnabruck.  The OP engaged 20 inf in a house at 165075 with a sec of A Tp.  Nothing more than hits on house could be reported.

                 1315 hrs.  210 local OP engaged 160075.  10 - 88mm and 2 - 20 mm AA guns.  No damage to the eqpt was seen, but the guns were blown up during the night.

 

E Tp OP.  1730 hrs.  Engaged flak guns at 195096 with the Regt on demand from RHQ and 210 Bty who were being shelled by these guns.  The effect was neutralising, no visible effect was reported.

 

4 Apr 45

NTR.  All OPs in.

 

5 Apr 45

E Tp OP.  1800 hrs.  Fire plan on 826208 and 833208 successfully neutralised while 12 Devons crossed the river WESER in assault boats.

 

6 Apr 45

A Tp OP.  1115 hrs.  4 tanks at 892201 were engaged by 61 Med Regt, 63 Med, 6 Fd Regt and ourselves.  One was damaged.

 

B Tp OP.  1530 hrs.  4 tanks carrying prisoners were engaged as a M tgt at 870126.  An offr from 12 Devons on one of the tanks managed to escape as a result.

 

F Tp OP.  0700 hrs.  Bty fire plan at 878218 to help 1 RUR to get into    ; the village was successfully occupied.

                 2000 hrs.  Wireless comns had broken down and the OP offr motor cycled to Bde HQ with a tgt 882204 - en attempting to surround a coy posn.

 

7 Apr 45

Posn static.  Considerable en mov in woods S of Lahde was harassed at intervals during the day.

 

8 Apr 45

0900 hrs.  A fire plan was fired in sp of an attack to clear up the woods to the south.  See Appx for details.

 

10 Apr 45

Moving into action with 6 Airldg Bde.  NTR.

 

11 Apr 45

1800 hrs.  Moved out of action.  NTR.

 

12 Apr 45

See Appx.

 

13 and 14 Apr 45

Out of action.

 

15 Apr 45

NTR.

 

16 Apr 45

A Tp OP.  1005 hrs.  Fire a fire plan on Stederdorf 925835 to assist 12 Devons capturing the place.

 

B Tp OP.  1050 hrs.  M tgt on dug in posns at 948840.  As a result the en left the trenches and arms and eqpt and retreated E into which was taken a few minutes later.

 

E Tp OP.  1600 hrs.  In posn at 795684.

                 1800 hrs.  Fire a fire plan to get 1 RUR into the wood 795686.  Details:- stonk Axis 100º, 1 min rapid, 7 mins normal, 2 mins rapid.

 

F Tp OP.  2105 hrs.  Fire plan on 976883.

                 2115 hrs.  Lifted to 972886, in sp of 1 RUR attack on Hanstedt.

                 2140 hrs.  972886 engaged.  2 vehs moving away from a RUR patrol.  Repeated 5 mins later and 2 more vehs moved out.

 

17 Apr 45

A Tp OP.  1135 hrs.  The OP engaged a suspected 88mm dug in at 947927.  Hits on the diggins were recorded but nothing more could be seen.

 

C Tp OP.  1915 hrs.  Smoke screen laid down by a Bty of 6 Fd Regt to assist 52 LI into Kehlstorf 9885.  Inf reported it was extremely successful.

 

E Tp OP.  0845 hrs.  Inf in the area of 000888 were fired on by E Tp.  No results observed.

                 1100 hrs.  Regtl tgt on a digging party at the same place as above.

                 1245 hrs.  Airburst shoot with 212 on the same area.

                 1320 hrs.  Scale 3 from 212 on the same area.

                 1355 hrs.  Scale 1 from 212 on mov in the digging area.

                 1450 hrs.  Spasmodic HF in the same area while the inf prepare a patrol to mop it up.  1550 hrs.

                 1915 hrs.  M tgt on 000889 - automatic weapons harassing the patrol.  One multiple mortar projector was knocked out.

                 2040 hrs.  OP established at 000888.

                 2045 hrs.  Recce reported inf in woods 802688.  Taken on by 212 Bty.  1 A Tk gun KO'd.

                 2050 hrs.  Returned to original OP at 999888.

 

18 Apr 45

B Tp OP.  0700 hrs.  M tgt on a camp and SP guns at 037920.  Scale 7 with Scale 2 from one Bty on add to the congestion.  12 Devons moved to within 100 yds of the concentration, took 60 PW there and then captured the camp.  En cas - 7, own - NIL.

                 0735 hrs.  210 Bty tgt on a Neberlwerfer posn 038896, silenced the mortars.

 

E Tp OP.  805691.  NTR.

 

F Tp OP.  0700 hrs.  Regtl conc 002893 as a preliminary to the inf attack to capture the village of Molbath.  1 Nebelwerfer on a tank chassis knocked out by our shooting.

                 0835 hrs.  Regtl conc on Malchau 006906 before the inf attacked and captured it intact.

                 0910 hrs.  OP at 038916 to register Tegendorf 053911; registered as M tgt.

                 0955 hrs.  Tegendorf stonked as RUR advanced, lifted 400 yds as inf got into the village.

                 1200 hrs.  OP established at 051909.

                 1210 hrs.  20 inf seen at 042895.  Regtl tgt on them started an AFV on them which disappeared into the wood 054801.

                 1230 hrs.  Further mov at 042895 re-engaged.  Nothing more seen in the area.

                 1445 hrs.  Demolition observed on a br 206º, probably Batensen br.

 

19 Apr 45

A Tp OP.  1500 hrs.  On patrol with 12 Devons to investigate 0296.  Found village firmly held and saw 20 plus inf walking about in the open at 028965.  Brought down scale 10 from 210 Bty, sweeping the area.  (Later it was discovered that the en there had surrendered on account of the accuracy and effect of the fire).

 

F Tp OP.  1630 hrs.  Set off with fighting patrol of 1 RUR.

                 1750 hrs.  Patrol pinned down at 073903 by SA fire.  Called for Bty tgt on 075904.  This was sufficiently effective for the patrol to get on.

 

20 Apr 45

F Tp OP.  0200 hrs.  A tracked veh heard at 070909 engaged by the Regt 2' rate 4 followed by 3' rate 3.  No further sound of the veh was heard.

                 0800 hrs.  5 inf engaged scale 3 with a tp at 073904.  Inf scattered under cover.  Nothing further seen.

 

22 Apr 45

1800 hrs.  All OPs in.