December 6th-30th The New Zealand Divisions are moving up and taking up positions on our left flank away to the South, and in the centre and North are the 51st Highland Division, and also No.5 AGRA. (Artillery Group R.A.) SR base with radio link in action 7 miles South and 4 miles West on E track. Dig in and pitch a 180 pd tent for the recorder. MEs over at dusk. The enemy is using some heavy guns and his planes are very active. Within some days we launch our attack on the enemy lines at Ageila and to our surprise he pulls out after Two days of fighting. The New Zealanders on our flank try to cut him off but fail again. The Hun (Rommel) is a cunning Fox. The country here is very desolate, sand and salt marshes, with no Green at all and it is cold and raining. December 16th sees us 10 miles East of Marble arch and the 17th sees us 20 miles West of March Arch. This is mobile warfare.
December 20th Mobile columns to be formed and we are split into Two, and to my surprise and delight I am put in the rear party. We move off with the Echelons of the 8th Armoured Brigade to Nofilia. The enemy is at Wadi Zem Zem.
December 23rd Move off with the rear 7th Armoured Division. The mobile party is left behind and I thought we were the rear.
December 24th I am posted to Y troop who are a surveyor short. I am not keen on this as they have a habit of getting into hot water, but I am posted back to R troop at midnight. Some Army. We move back some 40 Kms to have our Xmas dinner, which wasn;t too bad. Also we have Two bottles of beer per man. It is cold and raining.
December 27th We move off in desert formation with some 2000 trucks spread across the desert like a mighty convoy at sea. It is a most awe inspiring sight, and we move 73 miles West.
December 28th We do another 60 miles and all is quiet, there is no enemy action. At night we form up in largers like the Westeners did in the days of Buffalo Bill. There is little sign of the RAF these days as there is a lack of dromes.
December 29th We have moved too far forward and move East again and camp near Sirte in a Green Wadi filled with the most picturesque flowers. It is a welcome relief. Sirte is on the coast.
December 31st New Years Eve and we move again and make for the rear 7th Armoured position to await orders. To the West the 4th Light Armoured Brigade are being heavily bombed. R troop on the mobile column lose Three trucks. Alan Stewart and Beasley are wounded. So passed New Years Eve. No beer, no nothing, dawned 1943.
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