By the following day enemy resistance had softened and the Infantry
closed up to the SENIO though considerable difficulty was experienced
in ousting Jerry from the dyke on this side.
Just as it was hoped the unit would remain in its present position a move was
made across the LAMONE to a new area alongside the NAVIGLIO.
This was a desolate piece of country with plenty of mud, few “casas” and not
nearly as comfortable as the former position.
Nevertheless preparations for Christmas went ahead and with the
help of some extra rum issues and a double issue of “bronco” beer the second
Xmas was as joyous as the exigencies of the service permitted.
Christmas trees were set up in each troop command post and all troops had an
In the Officers' Mess a western bar was established which position
was consolidated and reported firm at 1800 hours.
and the CRA
visited the men and even the “A” and “B” Echelon Officers
showed their noses at the front — the first time the 10 mile snipers had turned out
in such strength.
Enemy shelling of forward areas started again on the following day and
counter-battery and counter-mortar fire
Some casualties were suffered in 60th Battery which moved to its
MEZZANO - Sugar Factory - 4 Jan 44.
On the 30th December 1944 a Recce of a gun area to
support the drive NORTH to LAKE COMMACCHIO was carried out but another
position was soon found in the area of AMMONITE when the Commanding
Officer Lt-Col. G.A. Rankin informed the innocent recce party that their
first position was in front of the
The Regiment moved to AMMONITE on the following day.
New Years' Eve was very “wet” but despite the numerous “heads”
a heavy ammunition dumping program was carried out.
On New Years' Day, something went wrong with a flight of American Boston Bombers
and they gave MEZZANO bridge area a good working over.
It was rather too close for comfort and the
Italians just couldn't understand it until someone volunteered the
information that the pilots were “multi zig-zag” with which
explanation they seemed perfectly satisfied.