This, being the unit's first firing overseas combined with the somewhat
lengthy lay-off and the unfamiliarity with the equipment resulted
in anything but a happy situation.
An adequate IG
staff was provided and the fact that the officers did gun drill before breakfast
is a good indication of the pace that was set.
Even to-day the name of the IG, Capt. Cranfield makes officers and Nos 1 shudder.
Although at the start the tank shooting was poor and crash actions were slow, the end of
the practice camp showed a different story.
As the finale the Regiment did it's
first full Regimental deployment and fired it's
first barrage on the 2nd March.
The barrage was viewed by the GOC
Major-General E. Sansom and was extremely succesful.
After the barrage 60 and 37 batteries withdrew under covering fire
from 76 battery.
Easy troop then laid down a smoke screen to allow Fox troop to withdraw.
Everyone derived a tremenduous
amount of benefit from the weeks training and, summing up at the
close of the practice, the CIG
Major Taylor said the improvement shown was “incredible”.
After a weeks roadbuilding the Regiment returned to it's