127 Field Regiment: 301 Battery-304 Battery-491 Battery:

 

23 January 1945: Regiment arrives area Oisterwijk.

 

24 January 1945: 1930 - Carriers will pass SP at 1045 hrs 25 Jan. SP changed to Berlear. DP Moergestel 2330. Guide required.

1945 - 3 Tonner ferrying ammn for 304 crashed as a result of bad civilian driver overtaking. This leaves 304 with 2 3-tonners.

 

25 January 1945: 1030 - CPO's leave for conference with SCRA a HQ RA.

1115 - Mobile canteen arrived quite well stocked.

 

26 January 1945: 1100 - Visited by Security Section who impressed need for security in coming OPs.

1200 - Ammn dumping parties - 2 NCO's and 8 men per Bty under CPO's  leave for HQ RA met by Canadians and taken to destination as yet secret. Party staying there till remainder of regt goes  up.

1800 - 304 barn set on fire by a No.1 cooker exploding. Army Fire Service arrived very quickly when eventually contacted by Corps. ? stands at GPO's 15 cwt containing wireles set (No 22) kit belonging to 20 men and the No 1 cooker and cooks equipment.

 

27 January 1945: 1000 - ? of fire in recced gunpositions.

1130 - Church parade at Haaren.

1200 - CO hold conference with BC's Domestic details.

 

28 January 1945: Nothing to report.

 

29 January 1945: 1700 - Warning order calibration HQ 1,2 & 3. 127th to lay line on 30th at Lommel ranges.

2100 - Calibration orders in writing arrive. 491 301 to lay line 301 guns to has comparative  calibration with 2nd strong gun.

 

30 January 1945: 1300 -  Lt Reed leaves for Lommel range with his party.

1330 - Major French goes to HQ RA for conference of CO2 of Div Arty with SCRA.

 

31 January 1945: 0930 - 8 guns leave for Lommel ranges under Capt Gegan.

1330 - Major French goes to HQ RA to continue conference taking requirements of new ?? equipment.

 

4 February 1945: Available accommodation prior to their attack. Btys will likewise have command posts in tent or dug outs.

1930 - OPs order arrive. OP Veritable.

 

5 February 1945: 1400 - Officers briefed in coming operation by CO.

1500 - RHQ moves to house. Survey completed. 491 Bty occupy gun pits vacated by Cdn Regt Remainder of regt remains hidden to conform with picture as it has been while Canadians alone were here.

 

6 Februay 1945: 1200 - Complete ammunition dumping by sending for Yellow Smoke and super considerable trouble caused by having to dump for 6 ?. In this connection we could not supervise the unloading of all R.A.S.C. lorries and so we found one lorry had failed to dump in correct place. This laxity was repeated when RASC was dumping super for us.

1300 - CO leaves for 153 Bde.

1430 - LO collects defence overprints and traces from HQ RA.

 

7 February 1945: 0900 - Troop Comdr 79 Med arrives to tee up for his job as rep with 153 Bde.

1100 - CO 1 Gds is dissatisfied with supporting fire. Arrives and arranges regtl fire plan Martin.

1500 - CO and BC's 301 and 304 leave for 153 Bde for final conf. TC's join BC 491 and TC's join 5/7 Gdns who are with 154 Bde.

1730 - 304 and 301 occupy gun positions and report Ready.

1800 - Roads have been frozen to incidental traffice since 0700hrs 7 Feb to maintain security but has had little effect roads having been full all day. The lack of signs has brought a deluge of lost souls into RHQ asking for locations.

Receive very good maps with tgts overprinted and another type showing the going in country ahead. The issue of maps and photographs has been rather excessive - regtl issue being 50 copies of each type incl 1:12500 & 1:25000 of same areas in ordinary print, with defence overprint and with tgt overprint.

Op parties left with too much literature on the OP.

2300 - Enemy A/c bombing south of us.

 

8 February 1945: 0430 - Wireless communication opened.

0500 - Shot in first target of 30 Corps Fire Plan.

0530 - BM RA asks for shelling report - none in 127 area so far.

0846 - Ruby altered.

0900 - Btys report gun empty of 30 Corps.

0920 - 304 shot on Blackwater. 301 & 491 hot on 30 Corps Fire Plan.

1000 - Regt shot on Whitewater.

1145 - Regt completed Task Table.

1318 - CM tgt scale 3.

1335 - Told in excess 1st line 85HE 115 C Normal.

1410 - Guides for area - 100 rpg.

1430 - Transport to Wijchen  - 100 rpg.

1503 - Co at Tac 153 reports battle going well slight delay caused by enemy in houses. 5/7 Gdns went in at 1400 hrs.

1530 - 5 BW to pass through 5/7 Gdns at K hour. Fire plan in sp for Div Arty 127 on call on tasks. K hour not before 1545 hrs.

1650 - Collect 50 rpg from 5 Fld Malden

1645 - BC 304 warns us to be ready to fire smoke screen Forth Left 51 Div Trace. Regt taken off K fire Plan.

1657 - K hour 1700.

1707 - Forth Left not now required.

1745 - Fire plan M to put 1st Gdns on objective 127 M-M+15 tgt rate slow essential that shooting be accurate. M hr not before 1815. 126 & 6 Fld Rgts also engaged on M.

1837 - U Tgt scale 2.

1900 - POW between 200-300.

2015 - 127 responsible for tgt.

2100 - CO meets CRA at main 51 Div for conference.

2115 - BC 301 location.

2345 - 1 Gdns on objective 'Peach'.

2350 - Coord of Smoke screen.

 

9 January 1945: 0025 - Tgt for 10 minute rate slow.

0725 - At call for 51 Div today 6½ Med 2 Hvy besided Fld.

0815 - 1 Gordons ontinue mopping up North of Mook/Gennep road and contact Canadians on right.

0950 - 5 BW & 5/7 Gdns nothing to report.

1015 - DF NW 100 Scale 5 - enemy patrol 30 strong discouraged.

1045 - 5/7 revert to under command 153 from 154.

1208 - M6 Scale 3 - enemy infantry. Followed by M8 scale 3 in sp 5 BW.

1211 - Cancel M6 go on on tgt.

1234 - FOO with 5 BW.

1235 - Task NE 400 scale 2  MGs

1205 - Shot on 304 Fire Plan (a) SW half scale 5

                                              (b) Smoke screen on tgt.

5 mins normal. Smoke screen 100% OK. Patrolling platoon who were pinned, returned without loss.

1335 - Tgt 60 inf. scale 3

1400 - Recced H fire plan.

1455 - No firing on tgt after 1500 hrs. Tgt. Tot Scale 1 not before 1505 hrs.

1457- Location OP

1502- Target Royal scale 3

1505- cancel restriction on 9301

1510- tgt 9415 25% smoke on 9301

1511-Mike target rate 2 E500x

1545-Ruby 1 H-H+5 Ruby 2 H-H+10 Ruby 3 H+5= H+10

1550- Tgt 9419 20 enemy scale 2 at 1605hrs

1605- Scale 3 on above, SE100 scale 3- NW 200 scale 3 NW100 Scale 3

1615- Tgt 9280 scale 5

1620- Tgt 9346 tot Scale 2 V Tgt enemy withdrawing

1645- Infantry cut Mook-Gennep road area Tgt 9308.

1715- Tgt 9280 S100 FBO scale 5, 30 inf moving east

1720- Tgt 9280 S100 FBO slace 5

1729- Tgt 9417 FBO scale 3

1745- Tgt 9346 FBO scale 3

1750- 301 observed V2 being launched at 1721, observer Rg 289,30

1801- V tgts 9258, 9529, 9530 Scale 2 when ready.

1818- V tgts 9355,9356 Scale 2 when ready.

1835- Tgt 9304 South 100 FBO Scale 3.

1900- BC 301 at 1 Gordons making good progress against fast opposition 100 POW taken.

2205- Tgt 9285 140dgr engage scale1 throughout the night until 0.30hrs total exp 10 rpg for each target.

 

10 February 1945: 

0750- No shooting north of 477 or west of 780.

0800- No shooting on 9332 and 9333.

0905- 491 BC moving to Ottersum.

0945- 5/7 Gdns now at De knop no opposition

0950- BC 301 at 1 Adms will across Mook-Gennep Road passing on, little opposition.

1020- 5/7 Gdns reached point, no opposition so far.

1022- Platoon 5/7 just short of Gennep Bridge to halt intact, blown soon after this message received.

1032- Tgt 14 ranged.

1050-U Tgt recorded as M16.

1130- Smoke screen by E Trp

1230- M18 Scale 5

1245-E3 40 RGF 30 secs

1250-E3 smoke M20 add 200

1405- Guides to at 1500hrs collect 100rpg.

1445- HQ Ra moves.

1610- Gnr Furness awaiting C.M. (Desertion) admitted to 5 FDS.

1625- 1 Coy 5/7 Gdrns in Ottersum.

1700- Tp Tgt M rg M 20. 5/7 Gdrn Coys and 3 in Ottersum east on point. Enemy in Gennep covering bridge.

1900- Co arranges tgts in Sp 5BW

 

11 February 1945: 

0155- M20 scale 3 after 0200- not fired.

0205- Tgt 9086 scale 3

0220- Tgts 9086,9287,9288,9081 called for scale 1 by BC 304.

0225- 1 Coy 5 BW

0230- Tgt 9086 scale 1

0235- Tgt9287 Scale 1

0245- Tgt9288 Scale 1

0250- Tgt9081 Scale 1

0500- Tgt 9086 Scale 2

0635- Fire plan Ham arranged in Sp 5BW Z hour 0715hrs. Attack south to take Gennep from West.

0715- Shot on Ham 4 Fd and 2 Med employed

0745- 301 report one gun suffering from aeration of oil,?????

0805- One Coy 5BW approaching bridge.

0810- Sp Tgt M Registration M22.

0815- 5 BW reach bridge no opposition, a few prisoners

0845- Tac 153 move

0920- BC 301 lays on tasks 9180-9189 incl 9580-9581 in sp 1 Grdns coming through 5 BW to Gennep.

1200- BC 304 with 5 BW now over RE Bridge at Gennep, area being shelled by one SP gun to the East.

1220- M24 FBO Scale 1- S100 Scale 1- Scale 3

1230- 491 OP spot enemy guns.

1235- M26 FBO scale 3

1240- Tgt Scale 5

1350- M28 Enemy SP Scale 5

1410- Eny movement and 300Ye.

1430-8 or 9 enemy with SA and Spandau fire in house.

1440- CO moves

1540- M30 Scale 3 Scale 6 Scale 3

1715- BC 301 friends advancing meeting opposition.

1800- Cease fire limber up.

1820- 491 RHQ move off.

1930- 301 Move

2000- 304 Move

2010- Head of column arrives at new location.

2020- Regt Ready.

2045- 491 OP established in Ottersum church with primary job of getting shell reps on HBs bombarding Gennep. Code name Zebra allotted.

2150- In order to speed recognition of shell rep orgin.

2220- 1 Grdns reached position against moderate opposition.

2355- DF9388 FBO Scale 5, considerable trouble with DFs and tasks at call as they both have same block of numbers.

 

12 February 1945:

 

0700- Received fire plan Stanley.

1020- CRA orders that OP lines will always be laid. 491 line laid 301 and 304 commence laying. Too many people coming up on Fwd control with domestic details these blocking fire orders

Today Bde objective  hovelMaas bend H.Hour probably 1300hrs.

1030- Gennep bridge built

1100- Captain Kidd engages close Tgt.

1230- BC 304 moves.

1250- Kanonskamp; Fire plan Stanley probably H.Hour 1300 engage H-30 one hours notice of H hour to be given 150 RPG HF required by FWD 301 BC .

Guides to RV west end of Mook Bridge at 1700hrs for 100 RPG HE.

1305- Mobile canteen guide to HQ RA 1330hrs.

1330- 5 BW secure 300 yards of railway south of Gennep, moving east, 304 engage close tgt.

1340-301 engage bty tgt.

1400- shot on fire plan Stanley

H 30 to 20 9638 V slow

H 20 to 10 9638 V slow

10- to H 9606 normal

H to +5 9606 normal

+5 to +8 9638 normal

+8 to + 12 9610 normal

+12 to +16 9612 normal

+16 to + 25 9620 normal

+25 to +30 9620 normal

+30 – 35+ 9626 normal

 

1500- H hours 14.30hrs

1525- 1 Grdns progressing wisely

1526- 1 Grdns attack going well

1535- 1 Coy 5 BW no other change intermittent shelling of Gennep comtinues.