There was no firing from this position and the only excitement was
a little enemy air activity.
Two moves were made ending at GODO on the heels of the Infantry.
RAVENNA was captured by the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards
without much artillery support but the IRISH REGIMENT required some
support to take MEZZANO.
1 Canadian Infantry Division having a very sticky time on the left and
considerable firing was done for them.
Their bridgehead across the LAMONE was counter-attacked and forced back.
The 11 Canadian Infantry Brigade was ordered to make a crossing at
VILLANOVA and the Regiment took up position at PIANGEPANE
to support the attack.
A fire plan was teed up and the Infantry and FOOs
were in the act of taking boats to the river's edge when the attack was cancelled
owing to expected floods.
A silent attack was finally put in on the 10th December with artillery
ready on fire plan “Bedlam”.
The attack was very successful and all objectives gained.
The Regiment then moved forward to a position just short of the LAMONE.
Everyone was beginning to plan for Xmas.
“B” Echelon in RAVENNA and “A” Echelon in GODO soon became
holding centres for great varieties of chickens, geese, turkeys, ducks
Two things became noticeable.
Firstly the “goof” was improving in quality and secondly the Italians
were much friendlier than heretofore.
On the 13th December the enemy strongly counter-attacked across
the CANALE NAVIGLIO under cover of a smoke screen cutting off
a platoon of the Irish Regiment.
Capt. D.G. Pyper who was the FOO with the Irish called for a MIKE target which was put down
in less than three minutes allowing the Infantry to escape with light
The whole attack was beaten off with very heavy casualties to the enemy.
On the 19th December another attack was put across the FUSSA MUNIO against
From the outset the Irish Regiment were pinned down by heavy defensive fire and
despite a quick barrage fired by the Regiment were unable to make any headway.
The PERTH Regiment fared better but soon ran into a counter-attack
which was beaten off with a box-barrage.