Below is an excerpt from my Fathers Journals whilst serving in North Africa with G Battery 5 RHA. I can find no mention of them in the war diaries as such, would these Jock Columns class as patrols? And if so did they come under the control of an Int. Officer as in Infantry Battalions? If this was the case and co-ordination was from the Regiment rather than Battery would they be recorded in a Regimental War Diary? I can put a rough date on them by 5 RHA’s arrival in Africa and them being stopped by Monty. We had a short spell on what's called Jock columns. One gun one soft truck and one GPO .We would make a detour behind the enemy lines going down into the Quator Depression .Get as near as possible and belt off as many rounds as possible on their convoys at about 1000 yards and get out as quick as you can, and woe and betide if you get stuck in the soft sand as we once did. Again all procedure followed the drill. Every man could do the other man's job and all play a part. When you got stuck every man in the team worked like a Trojan to the drill that followed. Four steel stakes about 4 feet long, knock them into the sand at an angle, uncouple the limber and gun, run out the hawsers from under the Quad, hook onto the spikes, reverse and pull yourself onto ﬁrmer ground, then tow off the limber and gun, all this with your riﬂe on your back. And of course you then travel on a sun compass as there are no marks or trig points. A round disc on the front of the motor’s bonnet marked 360 degrees. A centre point sticks up, the sun throws a shadow across the angle you travel, and this is adjusted every ﬁve minutes for the movement of the earth…………..