1943 Dec - War Diary :

591 ANTRIM PARACHUTE SQN R.E.
EXERCISE "FRANK"
3 DECEMBER 43


Ref O.S. 1inch to 1 mile Sheet 112.

1.OBJECT Troop practice troops in the laying of an Anti-Tank minefield.

2.NARRATIVE
British forces are holding the high ground in the area of EVERLEIGH DOWN 6275. The defences are to include an Anti-tank Minefield as protection from the South East.

3.OBJECT
591 Para Sqn R.E. will lay an Anti-Tank minefield from Map Ref. 644729 via Map Ref 645735 to Map Ref 647735.

4.TASKS
(a) No.3 Troop will lay out tapes for the forward edge of the minefield and will control the distribution of mines from supply drop.
(b) No.1 Troop with under command a section of No.2 Troop will lay the minefield on the results of No.3 Troop's recce.
5.DROP ZONE.
636739 - 630732 Run in North East to South West.

6.ALLOCATION OF AIRCRAFT

Lift

Aircraft Nos.

Troop

S.A.

R.E.Stores

Trolley

Chute Colours

1

1

2

2

2

2

2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

3

3

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Red

Blue

Yellow

Black

Red

Blue

Green


7.TIMINGS

1st  Lift

2nd Lift

Depart Bulford

0800

0800

Arrive Airfield

0930

0930

Load Containers

0945

0945

Draw Chutes

1040

1140

Emplane by

1110

1210

Take Off

1130

1230

Drop

1215

1315



8.BASE AIRFIELD
Hurn

9.CONTAINER LOADING
To be completed by 1500 hrs, when two 3 Tonners will be available.

10.DRESS
Parachute order

11.SUPS
No1 & 2 Troop Breakfast Normal, Haversack Lunch at Airfield, Supper 2200 hrs

No.3 Troop Breakfast Normal, Haversack Lunch at Mine Laying site, Supper 2200 hrs.

12.SUPPLY DROP
This will be represented by a 3 Tonner at map ref 639735 at 1330 hrs.

13.TRANSPORT

(a) 2-3 Tonners for containers 1500 hrs
(b) 3-3 Tonners for Troops 0745 hrs 3 Dec 43

14.ACTION AFTER COMPLETION
Troops will march back to BULFORD CAMP

15.SAFETY OFFICER
Capt.G.F. DAVIDSON R.E.

16. MEDICAL
Medical Officer and Field Ambulance is being provided by 225 Para Field Ambulance.

17.BRIEFING
0900 hrs 2 Dec 43

18. PICKING UP OF MINES
Mines will be picked up on Sat morning 4 Dec 43.

Signed FG Harbord S.M.E. [ 1st name Frank !!]
OC No.1 Troop
591 (Antrim) Parachute Sqn R.E.

Distribution of copies:-

OC         

2i/c        

OC 1 Tp

OC 2 Tp

OC 3 Tp

SSM      

5 Para Bde          

C.R.E.   

225 Para Fd Amb             

G.S.O.III(air) 6 AirborneDiv 

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