War Diary of 50 Div 'G Branch' covering the final month in France 1940. (WO 167/300) 50 Division G Branch War Diary May 1940 May 10 Code word BIRCH 6, was received at 0630 hrs instituting Plan D.... Air Raid warnings were heard throughout the day and much A.A. fire heard. Enemy planes were brought down in Div area at HERRIN and HOCRON and 2 prisoners captured. R.R.O.I. No. 3 received. 50 Div. A.O. No. 9 issued May 11 50 Div. Med. O.I. No. 1 issued Situation Reports issued at 0830 and 1500 hrs. Petrol Coy reported British Blenheim P.6208 down. Crew bomber sent to hospital – observer dead. Sgt Collins. Another day of wailing sirens. Information that 9 King’s Own were to be attached to Div. May 12 ....King’s Own attached to 151 Bde temporarily. Enemy plane crashed HOCRON 1 prisoner taken. British plane down. F/O Gore landed by parachute. Orders were received Guards in 3 Div area to be taken over by 50 Div. Enemy parachutists seen landing in VIMY RIDGE area. Inf. Bdes drew their guns A.Tk from A.O.D. ARRAS. May 13 Warning Order received from G.H.Q. to prepare to move after time T.C.C. arrive. May 15 General Gamelin’s Ordre du Jour dated 10 May rec’d. Warning Order –Div to move on route G only. Zero hour for Div 1300 hrs 16 May. No. 2 T.C.C. came under orders 50 Div. May 16 Div move into Belgium commenced. Zero hour1100 hrs. Advanced to R. DENRE relieving 5 Div and taking over bridgeheads at LESSINES J24 (150 Bde) GRAMMONT J24 (151 Bde) and NINOVE J35 (25 Bde). Adv. Div. H.Q. opened at EVERBECQ J24 1700hrs. May 17 Day spent digging in and preparing bridges for demolition. There was reported danger to right flank owing to withdrawal of 1 Corps. During day orders were received that 50 Div was to come under comd 2 Corps and withdraw (less 25 Bde Gp) to line of R. ESCAUT. During night 17/18 armd forces were rumoured to be on our front.