4th Field Regiment July 1942 (with 4 Indian Infantry division) El Duki: 1/7/42: moved into Duki in evening 30/6 settled down into static positions and proceeded to establish ourselves. 2/7: Still digging in. Drawing stores and petrol etc. Men cheerful. 3/7: Received orders to move up to Kilo 14 on the Cairo Alex road. Arrived same evening and settled down for the night. Kilo 14: 4/7: went out early in the morning on Drill Order. Afternoon spent in individual training. 5/7: Out early in the morning for drill order. Afternoon spent in individual training. 6/7: Drill Order. Rest of day spent in training. In evening orders arrived to proceed to AMIRYA the following morning. 7/7: Moved out and proceeded to AMIRYA and stayed there the night. Rgt. At ½ hrs notice. 8/7: Moved out to a spot SW of El Imayid and took up static positions. Everybody digging themselves in. A sandstorm blowing up but don't think it will be too bad. 9/7: Nothing of note to report – normal routine and maintenance carried out. 10/7: Tent erected for survey section – Normal routine and maintenance cont. 11/7: Bombing raid in the afternoon – no damage. Lt. QM & 1 BOR slightly wounded. Nothing else of note. Digging continued with more interest. 12/7: 13/7: 14/7: 15/7: 16/7: } RHQ in static position 17/7: 18/7: 19/7: 20/7: 21/7: Preparations being made before the attack in the evening. 5 Brig. Were in support. We fired our barrage and concentrations as arranged. Phase 1 was considered successful. Success of armored attack in phase 2 considered the vital factor of operation. 22/7: The armour was unable to make any progress due to minefields. It was impossible to continue the operation. Mr. G. Smith was wounded at the OP not badly. Page missing 26/7: we moved the battery position & HQ today so that we could compete with our tasks in support of the impending attack. If successful our role will become a mobile one – our objective Daba. Everyone was looking forward to a move. 27/7: News of the night attack came Through. The Australians, S Africans and 69 Brig. Had been successful. No news regarding the armour had come in. The whole operation now depends on them. We fired our concentrations in the morning as per programme. 28/7: News of the attack came through. 69 Brigade had made their objective, but the armour had been unable to follow up the attack, owing to minefields. The 69th had to fall back – the casualties had been heavy. 29/7: This (bad*) news coming from forward areas. Essex hit by dysentery and desert sores. 5 Brigade relieving 161 and part of 9 Brigade this evening. Ruweisat. 30/7: An extremely quiet day – little firing and air activity. Flies increasing in numbers. Everything being done to keep them down. 31/7: So far a quiet day. Little firing all round. Moved our HQ again. The heat and flies being the main topic of conversation. * My note in brackets, believe word “bad” missed out accidentally.