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6th Airborne Division - 3rd Parachute Brigade - Brigade Headquarters - War Diaries


5th June 1944

Place: Field

2320 - Bde HQ flew to DZ "V" near VARAVILLE.

6th June 1944

Place: Northern France

0056 - Bde HQ dropped, sticks scattered widely.  Bde. Comd. wounded.

0600 - Lt HAIG THOMAS, 4 Cdo att, killed near BAVENT.

Place: Le Mesnil

0900 - Bde HQ opened area LE MESNIL X-rds area 141728 (Sheet 75/2 1/50,000).  1 CDN PARA BN in same area protecting HQ.  Bde Comd wounded in early morning by bomb fragment.  Maj W.A.C. COLLINGWOOD, BM;  Maj A.A.K. POPE, DAA & QMG;  Rev. J. McVEIGH, CF 4th Class;  Capt W.E. CHURCH, MO,  and Lt D.J. KIPPIN, SLO, missing.  Capt J.T. WOODGATE assumes duties of DAA & QMG, and Capt A.T. WILKINSON duties of BM.  Capt J.A. WILKES, Sigs Offr 1, and Lt S. GYTON, Provost, missing.  Strength (Bde HQ) 9 Offrs 12 ORs; (Def Pl) 1 Offr 26 ORs.  9 PARA BN under comd 1 SS Bde.

2300 - BM and SLO rejoin having come in with glider force.

0400 - Considerable number of PW taken from BREVILLE area together with approx 40 rifles of varying types, 1 MG 34 and amn.

7th June 1944

Place: Le Mesnil

0900 - Total PWs number 152, chiefly POLES and RUSSIANS; sent to Div.

1400 - Commandos withdraw from VARAVILLE forcing us to withdraw Cdn Coy under cover of darkness from ROBEHOMME.

1700 - Div Comd arrives, orders patrols to TROARN on infm of CSM 13 Bn.

2100 - Enemy snipers in vicinity, no casualties sustained.

8th June 1944

Place: Le Mesnil

0200 - 9 Para Bn return to comd of this Bde.

0900 - Enemy resumed sniping and minor attacks on 9 Para Bn and 1 Cdn Para Bn.

1315 - VARAVILLE bombed and shelled by cruisers.

1400 - Capt WILKINSON, IO, killed during counter-attack on enemy.  SLO takes over IO.