Reconnaissance patrol report, 29 July 1942

Reconnaissance report for 29 July 1942 submitted by 2/Lt Syd (Bully) Jackson.  At 2230 on the night of 29 July 1942 2/Lt Jackson with one platoon from C Company undertook a recce patrol.

The following text is taken from the Māori Battalion war diary:

29 Jul, Mon 0100 hrs one platoon of A Coy under 2/Lt Herbert Marsden moved out on patrol on reconnaissance of the forward areas. Read patrol report. Leanne, this is p. 84 of diary. Normal stand to at first light. 0730 hrs shelling on B and A Coy areas. No casualties. Throughout the morning our artillery fired on enemy targets to the north-west. Otherwise there was little activity along the whole front, both sides are now consolidating their positions and except for slight artillery exchanges and very little air activity, mostly ours, there is little to indicate that the enemy is but a few hundred metres forward of us. During the day the heat and the flies are rather unpleasant, especially about midday. 1930 hrs CO’s conference with coy commanders. This conference is held regularly each night when commanders receive the latest sitrep and any information from patrols etc. 2230 hrs 2/Lt Syd Jackson with one platoon of C Coy took out a recce patrol.

Read more about the Māori Battalion’s activities in the July 1942 war diary.


Archives New Zealand = Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga.
Ref:  28 NZ (Maori) Battalion Diary, WAII 1 1664 DA 68/1/31, p.85

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