More still to come guys... I am aiming to get all the 53rd Diaries (including Pay/Field Ambulance etc) completed to September 44 as a 'first' cut off before moving on to completing the next wave! Enjoy! 1st Battalion the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry June 1944 Commanding Officer: Lieutenant Colonel JH Hare Location: Faversham 10th June – General Officer Commanding 53rd (Welsh) Division – Major-General RK Ross, DSO, MC – addressed the Brigade on parade at Sharsted Court, Dodington, near Faversham at 1200 hours on the forthcoming Invasion of the Continent. 14th June – The Advance Party for Operation Overlord left Faversham under Major JW Nicol for the Marshalling area at Tidal Basin, London Docks. 16th June – The Track party under Captain RJ Holden left Faversham by rail at 1930 hours for the Marshalling area. 17th June – The Road party under the Commanding Officer left Faversham for the Marshalling area at 0630 hours. The Marching Party under Major GD Jephson MC, left Faversham for a Marshalling area separate from the remainder of the Regiment, at Wykehurst Park, Bolney, near Haywards Heath. Location: Marshalling Area, London Docks 18th June – Final Stages of water-proofing vehicles were carried out. Location: West India Dock 20th June – 1130 hours – All vehicles embarked at West India Dock at 1130 hours and steamed to a point offshore at Southend. Location: Victoria Docks 22nd June: The Advance Party embarked at Victoria Docks Location: Courseulles Sur Mer 23rd June: The Advance Party landed at Courseulles sur Mer 9685 and drove to Beny sur Mer 9880 to preopare the Regimental Concentration Area. Location: New Haven 24th June: Marching Party moved in troop carriers to Newhaven and embarked during the day. Location: Courseulles sur Mer 25th June: Convoy of Marching Party set sail at 0250 hours and arrived off Courseulles sur Mer at 1330 hours. Troops started disembarking at 1400 hours and marched to an assembly area at Banville 9483, from where they moved in troop-carrying transport to Beny Sur Mer later in the evening. Location: Beny sur Mer The Brigade had been detached from 53rd (Welsh) Division and was under command 1st Corps. Location: Colomby sur Thaon 26th June: Major JW Nicol accompanied the Brigade Commander on a reconnaissance of a defensive potision for the Brigade in area Colomby sur Thaon 9977 – Anguerny 0177. All officers went up to Colomby during the afternoon and reconnoitred platoon and section postiiosn. Location: Courseulles 26th June: Part of the Vehicle Party, including the Commanding Officer, disembarked ruing the afternoon at Courseulles and drove up to Beny sur Mer. Location; Comoby sur Thaon 27th June – 0700 – Companies marched up to the area Colomby sur Thaon at 0700 hours and dug the Regiment’s positions, returning to Beny sur Mer for the night. Location: Beny sur Mer 28th June – A section of 147 Field Ambulance RAMC, under Captain NA Cambell came under command of the Regiment 29th June – The Regiment ceased to be under command of 1st Corps and came under command of 8th Corps. 30th June – The Commanding Officer attended a lecture at HQ 53rd (Welsh) Division given by GOC-In-Chief, Allied Western Expeditionary Force, General Sir Bernard L Montgomery, KCB, DSO. 1st - 31st July 1944 Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel JH Hare Location: Beny-sur-Mer 1st July – 1130 hours – The Regiment left Beny-sur-Mer 9880 for a new area at 1130 hours. Marching troops travelled in troop carrying transport. Route: Basly 9979 – Fontaine – Henri 9679 – Camily 9476 – Bry 9473 – Secqueville-en-Bessin 9274 – Wood 908736 – Wheatfield 910740. The whole Regiment bivouacked for the night round the edges of the wheatfield. 2330 – At 2330 hours the Brigade Commanders O Group assembled in the orchard of the Chateau at Sainte Croix Grane Tonne 896746 and orders for a remove were given out. Location: Cheux 2nd July – 0620 – At 0620 hours essential transport moved out and went to an area just North of Cheux 9167. Marching troops left at 0730 hours and arrived at 1030 hours in same area as the motor transport. A Battalion position was taken over from 8th Battalion Royal Scots and occupied by mid-day at Le Haut du Bosq 905660. A Company were in area 898658, B Company at 902660, C Company North of the Ruisseau de Salbey 908654 and D Company in counter-attack reserve 905662 (only one platoon was bought up at first). 900 guns and 34 anti-tank guns were ready to fire as necessary around the Regiment’s front. 1st East Lancashire Regiment were in front of the Regiment, 1st HLI behind. Regimental anti-tank guns - 4 were sited to cover left and right flanks, while one covered the front from a position at Regimental HQ 905659. 3” Mortars were grouped as a Battery around Regimental HQ, with an observation post forward in 1st East Lancs area, in the Chateau at Grainville-sur-Odon 903658. The Carriers were in positions around Regimental HQ. Spasmodic mortaring took place during day and night. 2130 – At 2130 hours the Brigade Command gave out orders for the reorganisation of the Brigade layout.