The stay at MONTEFALCO was uneventful except for one exercise CANYON
for Reps and FOO's passing back
information. Some new vehicles arrived and not a moment too soon.
On the 18th August 1944 the Division moved to the JESI concentration area
under complete security blackout with all ranks
Camouflage again became all-important and much effort was expended
and care taken to conceal the fact that it was a Canadian Division.
Lt.Col. R.W. Armstrong was killed in a jeep accident
on the 19th August.
Only 150 Officers and Other Ranks were permitted to attend his funeral the
following day owing to the security regulations.
Lt.-Col. F.T. McIntosh arrived on the 20th August and the Regiment moved to a
forward concentration area.
Mines were numerous in the area and some casualties resulted
including our own Survey Officer Lieut. H.S. Casselman.
The next gun position was in a valley behind MONTEMAGGIORE.
It was a very deep valley but all means of ingress and egress were under
observation and Jerry's harassing fire policy was very
The Recce party went in one vehicle every 15 minutes and arrived complete
just in time to sweat out a
target on the receiving end.
The guns came up under cover of darkness on an innocent-looking but very bad
road and the final score turned over was 1 tank, 1 3-tonner, 2 15cwts.
During the whole occupation enemy shelling was considerable
and Lt-Col. F.T. McIntosh was killed after being with the Regiment four days.
Gnr. Marchuck, A.J.,
whose courage and devotion to duty was outstandingly
displayed on this night now wears the military medal.
He was a guide at a small crossroads at the bottom of the valley where he remained
throughout the night despite heavy and incessant shelling.