In the wee hours of the morning a minor alarm was occasioned by a
patrol reporting an enemy counter-attack but
all remained peaceful.
The morning saw recce parties off again with the guns close
behind to a position beside POFI.
Numerous mines were discovered in this area but care was taken
and no casualties were suffered.
Here 1 Cdn Infantry Division passed through and the Regiment
remained in action
until it was out of range and then moved a couple of miles back to a rest area.
In the chase by the Division the Regiment had reacted in real
“razzle dazzle” fashion.
The changes of plan, the rushes and delays, the traffic jams and somewhat
orderly confusion were in the best tradition of the schemes in England.
The O.P. parties had a very exhausting and
The close country and rolling hills made good observation difficult.
The many water courses and enemy demolitions compelled
FOOs to leave their vehicles and
proceed forward on foot.
Cable maintenance was practically impossible because of the tank
movement and reliance had to be placed on 38 and 18 sets for communications.
The rest area consisted of a number of fields and the immediate priority tasks
were maintenance and sleep.
The Regiment then indulged to a man in a severe case of
dierrea and queues were to be seen everywhere.
On the 4th June the G.O.C.
Major General B.M. Hoffmeister, DSO,
attended a Memorial Service for those killed in action.
A few days later he addressed the unit informally, pointing out that the pace
of an advance is governed by the artillery's ability to give
In this respect the Regiment had never failed and he was very pleased with the
morale and spirit shown by all ranks.
ALVIGNANO - 14 Jun 44.
On the 14th June the Regiment moved to another Rest
Area near ALVIGNANO.