63 Anti-Tank Regiment, R.A.- 249 Battery 250 Battery 251 Battery 252 Battery:        17 pounders M10

 

1 November 1944: N.T.R.

 

2 November 1944: Second party of Officers (including Second-in-command, Signals Office and BC 251 and 258 Batteries) and NCOs returned from attachment to 8, 12 and 30 Corps. Sgt Greenaway (252 Battery) one of the NCO's, attached to 12 Corps, had become a battle casualty, being in an M.10 hit b an 88mm gun during the attack on 's-Hertogenbosch. Bn is believed to have been evacuated by the infantry but his present whereabouts is unknown.

 

3 November 1944: N.T.R.

 

4 November 1944: Visited by S.C.R.A. 8 Corps who said Second Army had ordered the Regiment to move up to Mill and that we were to move tomorrow. Second Army would provide transport lo lift 800 men. CO was to return with S.C.R.A to see O.C.R.A. 8 Corps (Brigadier A.D. Matthew, DCO). CO left with S.C.R.A. to go to 8 Corps. Signal received from 101 Reinforcement Group that L.O.l was to report to Second Army Main immediately. It A.M.I. Swift went. Message also stated 27 lorries would report 0830 hrs 5 November to move Regiment. Signal from Second Army saying Army Commander would probably want to see the CO tomorrow. Second-in-command held Battery Commanders conference - Warning Order to move and arrangements made to send Recce party early tomorrow. Battery Commanders told to return 2250 hours for further orders on CO's return. C.O. had not returned. It was decided to prepare a plan for the move on information available. It was not known whether the 27 lorries notified were T.C.V's or 3-tonners, it was thought probably 3-tonners. It was therefore decided that it would be possible to move the whole Regiment in one lift. Plan was to move RHQ, 250 and 252 Batteries and L.A.D.

 

5 November 1944: C.O. had still not returned from 8 Corps. Battery Comanders therefore dispersed having been told they would probably be required later. C.O. returned and Battery Commanders were sent for. C.O. said lorries would be T.C.V's and the whole Regiment must be moved today. Regiment was to come under command 8 Corps on arrival in new location and would be employed partly operationally and partly on training. Advance recce party would leave 0800 hours and main body 1030 hours. Second-in-Command would meet AA & QMG 8 Corps at 1000 hours at MILL and accommodation would be allotted. Main body left for MILL (approxiantely 70 miles). Adjutant visited RA 8 Corps on way to MILL and left Lieut CARPENTER there to act as L.O. pending establisment of communication by line. Message received that Army Commander would see C.O. at 1000 hours tomorrow. Regiment remains concentrated and will not take over any operational duties till more equipment is supplied. The Regiment remains under command 8 Corps but is administered by 3 British Inf Div and will come under command 3 British Inf Div for operation.

 

6 November 1944: C.O. to Army Commander for interview. C.O. to G.O.C. 3 British Inf Div. Information regarding the enmey on our immediate front was obtained from 2 ECH who are patrolling this sector.

 

7 November 1944: C.O.R.A. 8 Corps and Lt-Col. ABEL-SMITH (2 ECH) came to lunch. Regiment is to be under command 2 ECH for operational duties. Bottle of Second-in-Command's Port was produced for lunch. Battery Commander's conference to discuss operational duties.  Recces of areas to be carried out tomorrow and areas to be occupied by 1200 hours 9 November when Regiment will come under command 2 ECH. Arranged further Battery Commander's conference for 2000 hours tomorrow.

 

8 November 1944: Battery Comanders recced areas of responsibility with Squadron Commanders of 2 ECH and ROYALS. Battery Commander's conference held at 1800 hours instead of 2000 hours as previously arranged, as C.O. now has to attend conference at 2 ECH at 2100 hours. Battery Commanders made full reports of their recces and stated what posts were going to be manned. Digging is to begin early tomorrow mroning. The following extra equipment was recieved during the day - 3 x 15-cwt watertruck, 6 x 15 cwt FWW, 14 x 3-tonners, 4 jeeps, 1 carrier TS&C, 3 AOP's, 2x15 cwt half tracks, 8 motorcycles, 60 Bren LNG's and 22 PIATS.

 

9 November 1944:  During the morning Batteries moved out of MILL area to take up their positions on the line of the River MAAS. "B" Echelon of all Batteries were left in MILL area. Posts were dug and should have been wired but owing to the non-arrival of the wire this could not be done. RHQ move a Tactical HQ to HAPS. Main HQ remained at MILL. Tac HQ consisted of C.O., 2IC, I.O., half-track vehicle, wireless vehicle, C.O's Car, 3 Drivers, 3 batmen, 1 O.R. and 1 Driver - Total 11. Posts on the line of the River MAAS were manned for the first time.

 

10 November 1944: Quiet night on whole front. Only one post (252 area) reported that they heard what was believed to be enemy patrol but could not engage it. Corps Commander 8 Corps visited Tac HQ and spoke to all available Officers.

 

11 November 1944: Quiet night. Nothing to report from any post. Cigarettes, English beer and spirits drawn from NAAFI.  During morning Tac HQ moved back to Main RHQ at MILL.

 

12 November 1944: Post No 62 (252 Bty) reported that during the night considerable movement of enemy transport was heard in GENNEP area. Two posts report hearing enemy patrols. Six shells fell about 500 yards North West of RHQ. Reported to RA 3 British Inf. Div. Composite S.P. troop of 250 and 252 Batteries with three M.10's formed under command of Sjt. KULLICH and put under command of 144 Anti-tank Battery, 91 Anti-tank Regiment, w.e.f. 1500 hours today. (Sec 63 (Oxf Yeo) Anti-Tank Regiment Operations Instruction No. 1).

 

13 November 1944: N.T.R. on front during night. L/Bdr NICHOLLS and L/Bdr SHORT (252 Battery) received accidental gun shot wounds from sten gun this morning. No further details yet. S.P. Gun Attachment (No. 1 Sjt DOOLAN) under command 91 Anti-tank Regiment had a shoot across the River MAAS. 17 H.E. Shells were fired at a house which was being used by the Germans. Three were the first shells fired by the Regiment against the Enemy. C.O. went to 252 Battery to spend the night in one of the forward posts.

 

14 November 1944: Dutch patrol onour front reported enemy patrol during night, otherwise N.T.R. Visited by AAA & QMC Second Canadian Corps who have relieved 30 Corps on our left. He says the Corps boundaries have been moved and that our HQ is now in their area and that they need this accommodation. As C.O. was out Adjutant made arrangements for him to meet C.O. at 0900 hours tomorrow. Later confirmed from 8 Corps that boundaries have been moved and that we are now in fact in Second Canadian Corps area.

 

15 November 1944: AA & QMC Second Canadian Corps visited C.O. It was agreed that 250 Battery "B" Echelon would be moved from School at ??PEEL as this was well inside the Second Canadian Corps area. Remainder of our personnel in MILL would remain. 250 Battery "B" Echelon moved during P.M. and joined up with the rest of their Battery. Later in day 8 Corps rang up and arrangements had been made with Second Canadian Corps that we should remain in our location in MILL.

 

16 November 1944: 250 Battery repot that their post in BOXMEER engaged an enemy patrol at 0315 hours this morning. Engagement lasted half to three-quarters of an hour. We suffered no casualties but post is certain enemy suffered some casualties. The ground was examined after daybreak and the following German equipment was found: - 1 rifle, 1 belt with 25 rds ammunition, 1 pair wire cutters, 1 machine carbine, 3 full magazines for carbine, 1 Panzer-faust. About twelve 88mm shells landed approximately 600/800 yards West of RHQ - reported to RA 3 British Inf Div. Six more shells.   fell about 50 yards from RHQ. Heard that post of 250 Battery had encountered an enemy patrol of 6 at 1830 hours, had killed three of them and captured three. No more details yet.

 

17 November 1944: 250 Battery's location at BOXMEER heavily shelled. A direct hit on a trench where a number had taken shelter cause the following casualties. Killed: - L/Sgt PAINTING, Sgt DYASON, L/Bdr HANKIN, L/Bdr QUAITON, Gnr BLAND, Gnr CLEALL, Gnr WISKER. Wounded: L/Sgt COGGINS, Gnr BUTLER, Gnr Downing, Gnr JOHNSON, Gnr KILBY and Cpl BAILEY (REME). The above killed includes both 250 Battery's clerk. Gnr BALDWIN (RHQ Clerk) sent to 250 Battery. Special authority obtained through RA 8 Corps to collect two Unit Clerks from 31 RHU to replace casualties. Further information received concerning POW captured by 252 Battery last night. They had been sent to 3 British Inf Div for questioning. They turned out to be from 1 Coy of 262 Luftwaffe Regt who had been sent on patrol to locate our positions. Message of congratulations received from CGRA 8 Corps on capturing the German patrol. One of 250 Battery's posns was heavily mortared, two men slightly wounded. More shelling at RHQ at various times during day.

 

18 November 1944: Nothing to report from any posns during night except increased shelling and mortaring. RHQ also received further attention during the day, but most shells fell about 600/800 yards to the West.  R.A.P moved from this location to RIJCKEVOORT. Medical set up is now as follows: - casualties from Right Sector (? and 250 Batteries to R.A.P. in BOXMEER. Casualties from Centre Sector (251 Battery) R.A.P. in RIJCKEVOORT. Casualties from Left Sector (252 Battery) to R.A.P. in HAPS.

 

19 November 1944: N.T.R. from any of the posns last night. Visit by DACG 8 Corps who took a sevice at RHQ which wa attended by approximately 35 Officers and men. C.O. went to 250 Battery to spend the night in one of their posts. Major CORNFORTH returned from 108 General Hospital. On his journey back he called at 31 RHQ and colllected two Unit Clerks to replace Sgt PAINTING and L/Bdr HANKIN who had been killed at 250 Battery. Special authority had been obtained for this from 8 Corps. The two clerks were Bdr ROSS and Gnr ARGUINS. Bdr ROSS was posted to 250 Battery and Gnr ARGUINS to RHQ. Dnr BLADWIN remains with 250 Battery. C.O. received letter from Commander 3 British Inf Div congratulating him on 252 Battery's station on night of 16 November, when they scuppered German Patrol. He also enclosed a reward for the capture to the extent of 16 Guilders.

 

20 November 1944: J Troop post of 252 Battery again encountered German Patrol. They opened fire and wounded at least one man. Next morning they found three machine carbines on the scene of the action, and a little later a wounded German Sergeant surrended himself. He said that two of the patrol had been killed and thought the other two had escaped. No dead could, however, be found.

 

21 November 1944: N.T.R. from any of the posts during night.

 

22 November 1944: Post of 250 Battery (F Troop) fought action with enemy patrol of  6 during night. One German was killed and body recovers this morning. The following of F Troop sustained slight wounds:- Gnr COTTERIL Gnr PAYNG and Gnr SPILLER. It is thought that other casualties were inflicted on the enemy. Second-in-command went to 251 Battery to spent night in one of their posns. Nothing further to report during day.

 

23 November 1944: N.T.R. from any post during night.

 

24 November 1944: N.T.R. from any post during night. The following personnel of the L.A.D. were wounded by shell fire while proceeding to be attached to L.A.D.  20 Anti-tank Regiment. Cfn McLEAN, Cfn YORK, Cfn GUPPY, Cfn PEARSON, Cfn FIELD and Cfn JELLETT. The Vehicle had just pulled to the up to inquire the way when the shell burst in a tree above. There has been very heavy rain the last three days and the River MAAS is rapidly floading. It is worst in the SAMBEEK (249 Battery) area. If the floading gets any worse it may be necessary for 249 Battery to abandon their positions. It is thought the situation has been aggravated by the Germans improving with the flood banks.  It is still raining hard.

 

25 November 1944: N.T.R. during night. Still raining hard. C.O. out all day reconnoitring float conditions on the front. Reported the day are worse today. 1600-visited by CCRA 8 Corps. Stayed only a very few minutes.

 

26 November 1944: N.T.R. during night. Weather aproved, sun shining this morning. P.M. C.O. went to 249 Battery to spent night in one of their posts.

 

27 November 1944: N.T.R. during night. More shelling of OEFFELT this morning. During the afternoon L/Sgt OWENS of 251 Battery was wounded by a mortar bomb in BEUGEN. Wounds serious. 2130 hrs- telephone message from corps that C.O. and Capt PT ASHTON were to meet Corps Commander tomorrow at 1430 hours at HQ 8 Corps.

 

28 November 1944: N.T.R. during night. Telephone message from Corps that Recce parties were to proceed immidiately to NUNEN to recce new billets. Second-in-command left immediately to meet DAQMG 8 Corps rearand message sent to Batteries to send recce party of one officer and one NCO to meet Second-in-command at Information Post in NUNEN forthwith. C.O. to Corps Commander. Capt ASHTON went with him. The Corps Commander had asked him to take Capt ASHTON with him. The interview consisted in the Corps Commander saying goodbye as he is leaving the Corps and going to take up an appointment in ?. Second-in-Command returned. Area he had been given to recce was very unsuitable except that is contained a large school which would take RHQ and two Batteries. This, however, was occupied by R.A.F. but it was thought possible that they could be made to move as they were outside their area. If this was done it was thought that it would be possible to fix the other two Batteries in a Brickworks and at Castel respectively. Corps are taking the matter in regarding the moving of the R.A.F. Understood unlikely we shall move before 30 Nov.

 

29 November 1944: Heard that R.A.F. cannot be ejected from school mentioned above. Told that villages of NEDERWETTEN and STIPHOUT would be allotted to us and that we must find accomodation in these. No definite orders to move tomorrow were received till 2000 hours. These said we would move to STIPHOUT area on 30 Nov starting at 1400 Hours. Battery Commanders summond to RHQ. Advance parties were laid on to start early next morning.

 

30 November 1944: One RASC platoon was due to arive at 1000 hours to lift personnel. This did not in fact arrive till after 1200 hours and then there were only 22 vehicles instead of 30. At one time it looked as if the move was going to be chaos due to the late arrival of the RASC coupled with the fact that the roads were jammed with convoys. Things straightaned out however and the move actually went without incident and we crossed the Start Point exactly on time. It had also been feared that 249, 250 and 251 Batteries would get shelled as their Convoys moved out of their locations which were under observation from the enemy. This, however, did not happen although they received some mortar fire during the morning. The actual layout on completion of the move was planned. C.O. went to see C.G.R.A.

 

1 December 1944: Day spent in settling into our new accommodation and making ourselves more comfortable. Commanding Officer to Corps Commander again (still Lt-Gen O'CONNOR. He does not leave till tomorrow). Subject discussed was reorganisation of the Regt. The policy laid down by the Army Commander looks pretty bad for the Oxfordshire Hussars. Battery Commanders' Conference to discuss reorganisation as detailed in letter of 8 Corps. The two Batteries of the Oxfordshire Hussars to be disbanded are 250 Battery (Major fE.M. CORNFORTH) and 252 Battery (Major C.E. BRACKENBURY). 249 and 251 Batteries remain. It was agreed that certain cross-postings of officers and Other Ranks should be carried out in order to preserve the Yeomen in 250 and 252 Batteries. Battery Commanders were given till 1130 hours tomorrow to think about this, when another conference would be held to lay down how this should be done.

 

2 December 1944: A Battery Commanders conference the following was decided: - Lt D. GINGER of 250 Battery should replace Lt. R. STEPHENS in 249 Battery. Capt. A.H.R. BUTCHER of 250 Battery should replace Capt E.E. WALMSLEY in 251 Battery. Capt. J. GREENWOOD of 252 Battery should replace Capt. C.H. GRIST in 251 Battery. Lts C.F. MARTIN, M.A. ROBINSON and R.J. BUTTER should replace Lts F. POWELL, J.P.S. PIM and T.W. SMITH in 251 Battery. There would be no cross-posting of Troop Sergeants as it was felt that some firm base must be maintained in the troops of 249 and 251 Batteries. As fas as W/Sergeants were concerned it was agreed that all W/Sergeants in 250 and 252 Batteries who had been members of the Regiment prior to 3 September 1939 should be transferred to 249 and 251 Batteries as far as the War Establishment would permit. Paid Acting Sergeants would be given the chance to revert to Lance Sergeants, the same principle would then be applied to all Lance-Sergeants. Bombardiers and Lance-Bombardiers were to be dealt with in the same way. As far as Gunners were concerned, as we were able to absorb more Gunners than NCO's the yard stick was taken as 3 or more years service with the Regiment. All the above would have to be agreed with the C.C.R.A. as it was by no means certain that this amount of cross-posting would be allowed.

 

3 December 1944: Commanding Officer, Second-in-Command, Adjutant and Quartermaster went to conference at RA 8 Corps presided over by C.C.R.A. At this conference the method of carrying out the reorganisation was discussed and the following programme was decided upon: Wednesday 6 December. Taking over parties from 249 and 251 Batteries to 145 and 344 Batteries of 91 A Tk Regt. Taking over commences at 1400 hours 6 December, and continues 7 and 8 December. On 9 December personnel of 250 and 252 Batteries who are going into suspended animation leave the Corps area in TCV's and R.V. in the Army Area. On 10 December personnel of RHQ, 145 and 344 Batteries of 91 A Tk Regt leave the Corps Area and join 250 and 252 Batteries in the Army Area. Main bodies of RHQ, 249 and 251 Batteries join up with their Taking Over Parties and occupy the accommodation vacated by RHQ, 145 and 344 Batteries.  144 and 146 (SP) Batteries of 91 A Tk Regt who are at present under command 3 Britain Div and 11 Armoured Div will return and join the new 63 A Tk Regt going into the accommodation by 251 and 250 Batteries. The composition of the RHQ of the new 63 A Tk Regt was also discussed at the Conference and the following was decided upon. C.O. -; 2IC - Major C.H. PRIESTLEY, 63 A Tk Regt; Adjutant - Capt. A.T.M. BEAVEN, 63 A Tk Regt; I.O. - Lt. A.H.I. SWIFT, 63 A Tk Regt; Tech Adjutant - Capt. P. MAXWELL, 91 A Tk Regt; Sigs Officer - Lt. W.P. CARPENTER, 63 A Tk Regt; Q.M. - Capt. F.M. LEWIS, 63 A Tk Regt. The question of the Medical Officer was to be left for the DDMS to decide. Battery Commanders Conference which lasted till 0200 hours 4 December. The programme for the reorganisation was discussed. The rest of the time was spent in forming on paper the two new 249 and 251 Batteries which consisted in the cross-posting of some 25 per-cent of the personnel of 250 and 252 Batteries in accordance with the principles already described.

 

4 December 1944: The news was released that Lt. Col. J. THOMSON, TD, RA, would not command the new Regt. He has been with the Regt for 17 years and has commanded it since May, 1942. This was a very great shock to the Regt.

 

5 December 1944: Commanding Officer went to see Army Commander and had tea with him. He was told by Army Commander that he was going to 21 A Tk Regt as Second-in-Command. The cross-postings we had arranged between 249 and 250 Batteries and 251 and 252 Batteries were agreed to. Second-in-Command and Adjutant went to RA 8 Corps to see representative of Reforsec Second Army to see what could be done to find jobs quickly for displaced NCOs. Nothing very concrete was obtained.

 

6 December 1944: 249 and 251 Batteries started to take over from 145 and 344 Batteries of 91 A Tk Regt. Commanding Officer had dinner with Corps Commander (Lt-Gen BARKER) and CCRA.

 

7 December 1944: Commanding Officer left Regt for 21 A Tk Regt. Hand-over between 249 and 145, and 251 and 344 Batteries continues.

 

8 December 1944: Hand-over between Batteries continues and Advance Parties from RHQ started to take over RHQ stores and equipment.

 

9 December 1944: Personnel of 250 and 252 Batteries and LAD left in TCVs for Army Area. Lt C.F. MARTIN and Lt T.W SMITH reported to RHQ ex Course at RHYL and said there were 10 officers and 51 Other Ranks at 31 RHU at BOURG LEOPOLD waiting to come back. These were the personnel we sent on M.10 and Crusader Courses at the end of October. Many of these officers and men are now displaced from the Regt on account of reorganisation and this news had to be broken to them.

 

10 December 1944: RHQ moved to GELDROP, 249 Battery moved to GELDROP, 251 Battery moved to HEEZE. RHQ and these two Batteries moved into the above accommodation which was vacated by RHQ, 145 and 344 Batteries of 91 A Tk Regt who moved back to RENAIX this morning. 144  Battery ex 91 A Tk Regt moved from under command 3 Br Inf Div to STIPHOUT, and 146 Battery ex 91 A Tk Regt moved from under command 11 Armd Div to EENEIND. Both these Batteries came under command on arrival. Lt-Col R.I.G. TAYLOR, DSO, MC, RA arrived to take command of the new Regt.

 

11 December 1944: Command Officer held Battery Commanders Conference to discuss future policy of the Regt, and training. It was agreed that the two Osfordshire Yeomanry Batteries should continue to call themselves Osfordshire Yeomanry and the two Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Batteeis should call themselves Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.The Regt should call itself 63 A Tk Regt without Osfordshire Yeomanry inserted in brackets. All members of the Regt should continue to wear the dress and cap badges they had worn prior to the reorganisation. Commanding Officer visited all Batteries.

 

12 December 1944: C.C.R.A. visited Regt and spoke to all ranks.

 

13 December 1944: N.T.R.

 

14 December 1944: N.T.R.

 

15 December 1944: Regt put at 4 hours notice to move w.e.f. 1000 hrs 16 December.

 

16 December 1944: Regt came under command 11 Armd Div at 1200 hrs today. We are to take over responsibility of a sector of the River MAAS in the OPHOVEN area. After Commanding Officer had seen Commander 4 Armd Brigade it was decided that this task would be done with one Battery (251 Battery). Remainder of Regt would concentrate in WEERT area.

 

17 December 1944: Regt came under command 4 Ind. Armd Bde. 251 Battery left HEEZE for OPHOVEN. Remainder of Reft will probably move to WEERT tomorrow. Second-in-command with Recce parties from Batteries went to WEERT. Certain amount of enemy air activity in this area throughout the day. Second-in-Command reported on return from WEERT that the barracks we are to move into are still occupied by rear party of 12 Corps, they are however moving out on 19 December. Permission was obtained from RA 8 Corps to postpone move till 19 December.

 

18 December 1944: Regt (less 251 Bty) reverted to command 8 Corps. Regt now at 2 hours notice in view of German offensive to the south on the American sector.

 

19 December 1944: Regt (less 251 Bty) moved from GELDROP to WEERT.

 

20 December 1944: Reports received that on the American sector the Germans are dropping parachute troops to disrupt communications. We have been warned to expect the same. For this reason the Regt had been made responsible for the protection of 3 bridges in the WEERT area. In the event of an emergency it is intended to deploy one SP Battery for this task. Battery Commanders recced these bridges today.

 

21 December 1944: N.T.R.

 

22 December 1944: Commanding Officer attended conference at 100 AA Bde HQ in WEERT.

Comd of 100 AA Bde had been made responsible for co-ordination of defence of WEERT. Commanding Officer was appointed  defence commander of WEERT. This involved dividing the perimeter of the town into Sectors and making the troops in that Sector under command the senior officer responsible for the sector. Certain posts were selected in eachsector which would be manned by standing patrols every night. These patrols would stop all incoming personnel and traffic and check their bona fides.

 

23 December 1944: Warning received by telephone from 100 AA Bde that German parachutists had been dropped about 10 miles West of WEERT. The SP Battery on duty was to be turned out immediately and proceed to take up their positions in defence of the WEERT bridges. Within 20 minutes the SP Battery was on its way to WEERT. The Battery remained at duty till 0800 hours next morning when it returned to barracks. It was later discovered that parachutists had NOT in fact been dropped, but that some escaped POW who were thought to be parachutists had been found.

 

24 December 1944: Most of the day spent in preparing for Christmas.

 

25 December 1944: A very successful Christmas was had by all Batteries less 251 Battery who are in the line under command 4 Armd Bde. They are, however, being relieved on 27 December when they will return to barracks and celebrate their Christmas. During the course of Christmas morning we received a message saying the Corps Commander wished to carry out an inspection tomorrow. This caused considerable consternation, as unless we worked we worked everybody the whole of Christmas day we couldn't hope to have the place ready for inspection. The matter was taken up with de CCRA who said the men were on no account to be made to spend Christmas Day cleaning up. He would take full responsibilityy for the inspection.

 

26 December 1944: Wonderful work was done by everybody between 0800 and 1000 hours in cleaning up for the inspection and by 1000 hours the whole barracks were reasonably clean and tidy. The Corps Commander and CCRA arrived. He carried out a thorough inspection of the Batteries which lasted till nearly 1300 Hours. He and the CCRA then lunched in the RHQ Officers' Mess. 1400 hrs-Corps Commander and CCRA left to visit 251 Battery. The whole inspection went off very well and both the Corps Comd and the CCRA expressed themselves well satisfied with what they had seen.

 

27 December 1944: Letter received from CCRA congratulating the Regt on the show put up, at such short notice, for the Corps Commander. 251 Battery relieved by Battery of 75 A Tk Regt. 251 Battery returned to barracks at WEERT and celebrated their Christmas

 

28 December 1944: N.T.R.

 

29 December 1944: Information received form RA 8 Corps that the Regt would relieve a Battalion of 11 Armd Div on the river MAAS, probably on 8 Jan. This will be an infantry role once again and we may have to do some patrolling.

 

30 December 1944: Got in touch with 4 Armd Bde who have arranged for an officer from 2 KRRC to report to us tonight for two days to give the two towed Batteries some instruction in patrolling.

 

31 December 1944: N.T.R. except that we had a very successful New Year's eve party.