Wee bit stumped by some of the terminology... hopefully rest of July-September tomorrow... June 1944 – War Diary 71st Anti-Tank Regiment From 1st June 1944 to 30th June 1944 Commanding Officer: Lieutenant Colonel GD Castelli RA Location: Dartford 2nd June – Codeword ‘Cornelieue’ in ‘Exercise’ Overlord received. Steps to complete waterproofing of all unit vehicles and equipment immediately put in hand. 3rd June – Afs W3008 and 3009 despatched to GHQ 2 Echelon, copies attached to original War Diary. [Appendix A] The Unit Welfare scheme for the benefit of unit personnel and their relatives was inaugurated and published (copy attached). [Appendix B] 6th June – Waterproofing of ‘B’ Vehicles reported complete, except for residual vehicles. [Appendix C] 7th June – Overlord Unit Operation Instructions 1 issued, copy attached to original War Diary. 10th June – Afs W3008 and 3009 despatched to GHQ 2 Echelon, copy attached to original War Diary. [Appendix D] 12th June – Waterproofing of “A” Vehicles and equipment complete. Overlord Unit Admin Instruction No5 issued, copy attached to Original War Diary [Appendix E] 14th June – Advance Party of 279 Battery proceeds to Marshalling Area to join 71 Bde Advance Party. 15th June – Enemy rocket bombs passed over unit locality and two fell in Dartford area. No casualties to personnel or equipment. Overlord Unit Operation Instruction No3, Admin Instruction No6, and copy 53 Div 1 (b) Brief issued. Copies attached to original War Diary. [Appendix F] Advance Parties RHQ u/c Second in Command, Major DC Keating RA proceeds to Mote Park, Maidstone, to join 53 Div Advance Party. 16th June – Overlord Unit Admin Instruction No7 issued, coppy attached to Original War Diary. [Appendix G] 279 Battery proceed to Marshalling Area with 71 Inf Bde. 17th June – Orderes received for unit less 279 Battery, to proceed to Marshalling Area south of Brentwood, Essex. AFs W3008 and 3009 despatched to GHQ 2 Echelon, copies attached to originl War Diary. [Appendix H] Location: Field 18th June – Unit moves (less 279 Battery) to Marshalling Area and is divided up into parties in accordance with Ships Loading Tables. 18th – 21st June – Final stage of vehicle waterproofing completed. Emergency rations and lifebelts issued to all personnel, currency exchanged for francs. Unfavourable weather in Channel causes delay in embarkation of troops. 21st-28th June – Unit embarks at Tilbury onto American Liberty ships which sail to Southend and drop anchor to await the forming up of convoy, and instructions from Royal Navy. 22nd – 25th June – Convoy lies off Southend. 25th June – Convoy saisl for Theatre of Operations in Normandy. Passage smooth and uneventful. 26th June – Convoy anchors off Gig area on Gold Beach opposite Arromanches les Bains. 27th – 29th June – Unit offloaded and proceeds to concentration area via Transit Area and Aseembly area South of Bayeux at point 882754. 278 Battery under command of 158 Brigade. 283 Battery under command 160 Brigade. 1st – 31st July 1944u Location: Secqueville 1st July – Afs W3008 and 3009 despatched to GHQ 2nd Echelon, copy attached to original War Diary. [Appendix A] 53 Division under orders to relieve 15th Division in area Cheux. Change over to be initiated by unit relieving 97 Anti-Tank Regiment. 336 Battery deploy area Cheux-Grainville-sur-Odon. J Troop report ambush by enemy when taking guns into action. Two casualties killed were inflicted on the enemy. J Troops suffered casualties as follows: Killed – 14595463 Gunner JK McDonald. Missing Believed Killed – 1156693 – Gunner RM Collins. Wounded – 880437 – Lance Bombadier Brogan, 1111986 Lance Bombardier L Tunnicliffe. Vehicles: Two Quads burnt out and three 17 pounder guns. Gun position reported subjected to constant enemy mortar fire. 278 Battery deployed area Moudrainville; also subjected to heavy Mortar fire. 283 Battery deploy area. 283 Battery deploy area Colville sustain 2 OR causalties wounded by mortar fire. 279 Battery concentrate area Segueville-en-Bessin and revert under command of Regiment. RHQ established at Putot-en-Besin 2nd July – Heavy shelling and mortaring reported from all areas. Casualties : 278 Battery – 1 OR wounded. 283 Battery – 1 Officer (Lietenant DA Young, RA) wounded. 6 ORs wounded, 2 shell shock. 336 Battery – 2 ORs killed, 1 wounded, 3 shell shock. 279 Battery deploy in area Cheux. 3rd July – 283 Battery casualties from hostile mortar fire. Lieutenant MP Varey, RA killed; Lieutenant RA Bradford, RA, died of wounds; 1 OR killed; 3 ORs shell shocked. 279 Battery placed under command 158 Infantry Brigade and deploy area Haut de Bosq – Rauray. 4th July – Casualties from hostile shelling: - 278 Battery – 3 ORs wounded. 283 Battery – 3 ORs killed, 2 wounded. Lieutenant RWF Coigley, RA and Lieutenant R King, RA posting in from 31st RHY. Lieutenant King posted to 263 Battery.