1815 - 52nd - in bivouac at Argenteuil, on the Seine, on the outskirts of Paris.
1944 - 2nd (Airborne) Bn, Oxf & Bucks LI – BREVILLE. (NORMANDY)
At 0100 hrs. the Regts mortars put down a concentration as part of a fire preparation for a raid by 12 Devons.
Letter D Coy mortars received two casualties from enemy counter mortar shoot.
The enemy reaction to the preparation was mainly concentrated on Letter C Coy’s area & directed mainly against our MMG section which was supporting them.
The enemy used many flares & MGs but very little mortars or shell fire, the use of his MGs on this occasion helped us to accurately plot their positions & was thus of great value in planning the Regts raid for tomorrow night.
At 0200 hrs a rehearsal of the mortars & arty supporting fire for the next nights raid took place, with the object of discovering the enemy's reactions and also to mislead them into thinking that no infantry attack would follow the mortar & artillery preparation when the raid took place.
The enemy reaction was very weak consisting only of slight shelling and mortaring over Letters A & D Coys areas.
The raiding party spent the day making their final preparations, and the day passed quietly.