War Diaries of 621 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

1945

 

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January 1945

Commanding Officer:  Major J.G. CARR R.E.

Place

Date

Hour

Summary of Events and Information

References to Appendices

 

1 Jan

 

Squadron a training, be troops with Class 50/60 Raft and Bailey Crib. One tp weapon trg refresher and range firing.

 

 

2 Jan

 

300x screen frame erected for SRHA.

 

 

 

 

Training as far I Jan Certain stretch of road gritted  anti frost

 

 

3

 

Training as before. Booby traps laid for A Coy

9 DLI in their FDL’s this by day

 

 

3/4

 

1 offr & Sgt laid 24 A/per mines around, Done disused weapon pits by night

 

 

 

 

131Bds Op order SCORPION received

1(later destroyed)

 

4

 

As for 3

 

 

5

 

Training as before. 20 Civilian employed a road maintenance SITTARD - WEHR

 

 

6

 

Training with Cl 50/60 raft completed & handed over B Mobile bridge taken one for training. Weapon training for one troop. Dismantling Bailey Crib.

 

GELEEN

7 Jan

 

3 TP. moved out to Tuddern in prep for mine laying work not started until 1730

 

 

7

 

5 DGuards minefield laying continues  during periods of fog as field is created just in front of FDLs  Training by two troop on Bailey Mobile Br. Drill.

 

 

 

 

Field and ????? 0100 hrs 8

 

 

8

0900

1 Tp started on Bailey Mobile Bridge: 1 track and tr???? shielded and conpressed during moving. 3 Tp on weapons training and range

 

 

 

1500

1 officer and Sgt body trapped house in front of Millen

 

 

9

0845

2 Tp on rd repairs. 3 Tp on rd ???????. 1 Tp re-erected BMB road  with Coles Crane. Scammell recovery wagon and TD18. Building started. ????  caused by having to Guard  for equipment under??????

 

 

10

0845

1 TP again on BMB  2 Tp on roads with 20 civilians was dozed. 3 Tp went on training.  Started looking for ladders for canal crossing in Operation BLACKCOCK

 

 

11

0845

2 Tp on BMB Ground impossible to finish ???. Sherman moving to the

 

GELEEN

11

 

fact that the Sherman tank provided had NO ????? to remove the bolts from the shell for the ???? ???? Nor were there any in the equipment.

 

 

 

11.00

1 Tp started preparing rehearsal ground for Operation BLACKCOCK. 3 Tp Demonstrating the blowing of gunpits or 3 RHA

 

 

12

12.00

Rehearsal ground complete

3 Tp Sanding and repairing rds SITTARD - WEHR

 

 

 

11.30

3 Tp gave demonstration of ???? crossing with braced ladders at Millen

 

 

 

 

Minefield on Bde area forwarded over to 52 Div.

 

 

13

0845

Dismantling and loading of BMB started gunpits blown for 3 RHA

 

 

 

 

Demonstration of this done for NORFOLK YEOMANRY (65ATk Reg)

 

 

 

 

Civilian workers dismissed

 

 

 

1400

Capt DESA on recce for billets in BORN insufficient accommodation for men.

 

GELEEN

14

1430

Loading of BMB completed. 10 broad ladders made.

No 1 PL of 280 Fd Coy arrived u/c and billtedin same area.

Sqn mainly employed in road preparations for Operation. BLACKCOCK

 

BORN

52722

15

13.00

Sqn HQ moved to BORN and set up Tac H.Q.

 

 

 

 

14.00

1Tp and 2 Tp onward into 2 DEVONS coln ready for drive east and SCHILBERG. 3 Tp moved to BUCHTEN ready for initial crossing to BAKENHOVEN and DIETEREN. 1 & 3 PLS of 28O Fd Coy also in BUCHTEN. Sqn moved to LANDALE and ½ sec to ⅕ QUEENS to support attack on SUSTEREN. Bailey and track placed in BORN and BUCHTEN

 

 

 

17.00

attack postponed until dawn 16 Jan.

 

 

16

 

Operation BLACKCOCK commenced. Trouble caused by mines ? enemy hold high ground. For details see attached report of work by 3Tp, ?? from 1 & 2 TP and ??? of 280 Fd Coy. 100 killed and 1 officer and O.Rs surrounded.

 

 

17

12.00

! and 2 Tps ???? off in 2 DEVONS column but had to drop out in BAKENHOVEN as wheeled vehicles could not cross muddy approaches to DIETEREN, 1 and 2 Tps in BAKENHOVEN. 3 Tps and PLS 280 back in BUETEN and BORN.

 

BORN

18

09.00

Recovery of bogged vehicles started. Scissor bridges lifted as route now no longer required or terrible.

 

 

 

10.00

LT LANDASE and 2 TP supporting 2 DEVONS from SOSTEGEN to SCHILBERG. Rd block of trees cleared near river crossing.1 SGT killed by mortaring.

 

 

 

20.00

Advance continuing, mines and further rd blocks cleared.

 

 

19

08.30

2TP returned to BORN. 1TP moved to SUSTEREN as forward TP.

 

 

 

13.30

3TP began building 30’ S/S and 50’, 3/3 Bailey at NIEUSTADT.

 

 

 

20.30

3 TP completed ???dgen.

 

 

 

21.00

1 TP removed trees and block at 700784 with the aid of A.R.V.

 

 

20

08.30

1 TP removed minefields laid on surface at 698779 and 688764 and tree rd black at 699986.

3 TP began marking own, American and enemy minefields on former F.D.Ls.

 

 

 

14.00

2TP began preparing bankseats for 70 D/S Bailey at 666773 Mainland?

 

 

21

07.00

1 Tp built 70 D/S ?????? 2 Tp completed bankseats ????? bridge at ????????

 

 

 

09.00

1TP cleared rd SUSTEREN – SCHILBERG of obstructions and checked verges on ??????

 

 

 

 

2 TP continued excavation of bankseats at 666773

 

 

 

 

3 TP continued marking minefields

 

BORN

22

07.00

?TP built bridge at 666773 on rollers.2TP completed bankseats and completed bridge at 12.30hrs.

3TP carried on with minefield marking.

???? minefield located at 712803.

 

 

23

08.30

1TP removed 30 Holy?  Mines from 712803 and 70 R mines from 734780.

Recced area for 3 RHA guns for mines. 1R mine found.

2TP checked area for Air Op. landing Strip,

3 TP mine checking 90% complete.

 

 

 

15.30

1TP left to build 60 D/S Bailey at 732780. Held up by lack of end posts. Bridge completed at 23.50. Baseplates set driver on rd.

 

 

24

09.00

1TP laid wearing surface on bridge.

2TP swept rd from ROOSTEREN to br 669792. Mixed bag.

3TP lifted 6 Topf mines at 760784, 6 more at 764781. Tree rd block removed at 764785. Rds area DIERGAARDE checked for mines.

 

 

25

09.00

3TP cleared mines in areas PUTBROEK and AAN DEN BERG. Mixed bag included Tellermines R Mines and Topf Mines. Leaguered at 727782

 

BORN

25

09.00

2 TP mine clearing and preparing composite bridge at 668792

 

 

 

11.00

3TP supported 9 DLI, 1TP supported 1/5 Queens advancing through wood Tellermines and R-Mines mainly found together with a small number of 3-Merian. Each found one tree rd block.

 

 

 

16.00

LT KEEN and 1 Sgt joined 11th Hussars foot patrol to POSTERHOLT lifted HO odd Holy mines hurriedly laid and badly concealed. Tree rd blocks also found. 2PW joined party on homeward journey.

 

 

 

21.00

LT WINSTANLEY laid scissors at 785820

 

SUSTEREN

682758

26

09.00

3TP supported 2 DEVONS in clearing POSTERHOUT. Mines lifted by 1Tp this evening before ever found relaid. Many more found. Now booby trapped.

 

 

 

10.00

Sqn moved to SUSTEREN and started to improve billets

½ sec 1TP removed tree rd block at 801803. 1BR. 2TP wounded here by mortaring.

 

 

 

14.00

2TP started to build 50’ S/S Bailey at 805810. No enemy interference.

Completed at 19.30 hrs.

 

 

 

 

Rds sanded in Bde Area

 

 

27

08.30

3TP completed lifting of mines in POSTERHOUT and returns to Sqn Area. 2TP continue sanding rds from SCHILBERG to POSTERHOUT.

1TP began collection of surplus Bailey from bridging sites.

 

SUSTEREN

28

09.00

1TP prepared to replace scissor at 785820 with 40’ S/S Bailey without endposts. Sand so hard ranks took 3 hrs to dig in even with compressor.

 

 

 

16.00

Bridge completed

 

 

 

16.00

LT TOTTENHAM laid scissors at 699782, road layer could not ??????

 

 

 

19.00

Scissors lifted and new one laidd.

3 TP resting all day and checking stores and repairing billets.

2 TP sanding rds NORTH from SCHILBERG.

 

 

29

09.00

Wearing surface and end host guards laid by 1TA on br at

2 TP sanding roads NORTH and EAST from SCHILBERG.

3 TP completed stores and vehicle checks.

 

 

30

 

3TP cleared tree rd block and filled crater at 768802. Rd cleared of mines to M ONTEFORT. Mines in area POSTERHOLT PUTBROEK, AAN DEN BERG being collected into dumps. 1 TP sanding rds 2  TP checking stranded vehicles.

 

 

31

08.45

3 TP continued collecting mines total approximately 950 to date. This does not include about 100 destroyed by 1TP and 200 lifted elsewhere by all the troops during Operation Black cock.

 

SUSTEREN

31

08.45

1 TP on complete check of vehicles and stores. 2 TP on rd maintenance and manualy cutting drainage channels because of trees.

 

 

 

14.00

2 TP lifted scissor at 699792 and began excavating for 20’ S/S Bailey with 30’ Bailey decking – 5’ overhanging each end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SITUATION AT 1800   HRS. DAILY

 

 

UNIT WAR DIARY APPENDIX "A"

Unit  621 FD SQN RE.  

Ref. Map Series  BELGIUM

 

 

 Sheet No.           1  

Commanding Officer  MAJOR J G CARR RE

Scale   1/100,000  

 

 

 

Month  and Year January 1945    

Sheets  

 

 

 

DATE

LOCATIONS Map Ref

CHANGES IN COMMAND

APPROXIMATE STRENGTH

APPROXIMATE CASUALTIES

P.W.s

Weather

How was unit employed?

Ops, trg, defence works?

 

Visits

HQ

 

Sqns, Btys Coys, etc

(if widely dispersed)

Formation

 

Dets under command

Own Tps detached

Men

Tks,

Armd C8, Guns

Men

Tks,

Armd C5, Guns

1 Jan

669856

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Frosty

Training

 

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2 PL 280 Fd Coy

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3 PL 280 Fd Coy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frosty

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673863

 

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1 Tp 679754  3 Tp 778783

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693758

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February 1945

Commanding Officer:  Major J.G. CARR R.E.

Place

Date

Hour

Summary of Events and Information

References to Appendices

BORN

1 Feb

883757

2 Tp continued building bridge at 668792. Completed 1130

 

SUSTERN

 

0700

1 and 3 Tps maintaining rds and tracks DIEGAARDE to POSTERHOLT and

 

683757

 

0845

MONTFORD. 3 Secs forward and cleared 298 ???? mines laid on tks ???? and in woods 775789.

 

 

2 Feb

0845

All Troops to tracks DIEGAARDE to POSTERHOLT. ???? and road making and tracks nearly impassable. Two 8 yd  scrapers started work. Great improvement by end of day.

 

 

3 Feb

0815

Work restarts on tracks one motor grader now pressing on . ???? ???? getting ??? work. Though traffic has had to be sent to ??????

 

 

 

1600

Church services in area.

 

 

4 Feb

 

Work continues on track DIERGARDE – POSTERHOLT, slight improvement.

 

 

5 Feb

 

Area shows signs of drying out. One OR. Accidently killed.

 

SUSTERN

6 Feb

 

All 3 tps now working on rds 753772 760776 - 758770

 

683757

 

 

2 Motor graders working on one rd. 766788 – 802804 and keeping traffic going.

 

 

7 Feb

 

Rd. maintenance for all 3 tps as before. Face shovel collecting rumble from WALFFRUCHT

 

 

8 Feb

 

Maintenance continues.

 

 

9 Feb

 

Maintenance continues. Light traffic being taken easily.

 

 

10 Feb

 

Maintenance of circuit continues : requirements for 11 Feb: 2 Cl2 dozers 2 8x scrapers & 2 motor graders still at ANN GEN BERG 768789. 1 dozer at WALDFEUCHT. 1 RB 10 at SUSTEREN for ashes, 12 3 tonners 10 tippers, 4 Sec Pioneers and 80 civilians. 4 loads somerfeld & 4 of cheapale.

 

 

10 Feb

 

1 & 2 tps on rd circuit DIEGARDE. 783772 to 759776 90% finished. Somerfeld being laid from DIERGARDE – 756784 for ????? ????. 2 Tp on rd. AAN DEN BERG – POSTERHOLT.

 

SUSTERN

12 Feb

 

Maintenance continues NTR.

 

683758

 

 

 

 

 

13 Feb

 

Rd. Maintenance continues. 1 Tp clears track REUTJE – junction 791842 & further to ST. ODILIENBURG not swept but foot recces reports no mines. 1 Tp also cleared track for gun sites in DIERGARDE.

 

 

14 Feb

 

Rd. Maintenance continues, civilians (110 today) still being used to collect rubble at WALDFEUCHT.

 

 

15 Feb

 

Rd. Maintenance continues. 2 scrapers, 2 graders & 3 dozers at ANN DEN BERG on track to POSTERHOLT.

 

 

16 Feb

 

Rd. Maintenance continues. Track 735778 – 758784 impassable except for tanks, has been used up to now to save somerfeld

 

 

 

 

758784 - DIERGARDE

 

 

17 Feb

 

Track SHUBERG – WALDFEUCGHT via SLEK 704775 clear mines but impassable for wheels. 95 R mines stacked at 785772.

 

 

 

 

827 R Mines 15 TOPF & 8 Schȕ (on top of latter) lifted & stacked in area N. of DIERGARDE. Rd 758774 – MONTFORT clear.

 

 

18 Feb

 

Maintenance continues & roads in good order.

 

 

19 Feb

 

All motors less the graders returned. One OR. wounded Schȕ mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THORN

20 Feb

 

Move to THORN 6788, for rest period?

 

6788

21

 

No commitments.

 

 

22

 

3 Tp starts on range for 131 Bde at 541960.

 

 

23

 

200 x  range with targets completed & butts & ground clearance done for two additional shorter ranges.

 

 

24

 

Busy on promotional admin, MT drives, etc.

 

 

25

 

Ditto

 

 

26

 

2 Tp trains with close support raft, some difficulty owing to swift current at 650812.

 

 

27

 

2 Tps continues but moving raft  to PAPENHOVEN 6273.

 

 

 

 

3 to of load 4 load Somerfeld at PAPENHOVEN

 

 

28

 

1 Tp training on close support raft. 3 Tp lay track ??????? last night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SITUATION AT 1800   HRS. DAILY

 

 

UNIT WAR DIARY APPENDIX "A"

Unit  621 Fd Sqn RE.  

Ref. Map Series  BELGIUM

 

 

 Sheet No.           1  

Commanding Officer  Major J G Carr RE

Scale   1/100,000  

 

 

 

Month  and Year February 1945    

Sheets  

 

 

 

DATE

LOCATIONS Map Ref

CHANGES IN COMMAND

APPROXIMATE STRENGTH

APPROXIMATE CASUALTIES

P.W.s

Weather

How was unit employed?

Ops, trg, defence works?

 

Visits

HQ

 

Sqns, Btys Coys, etc

(if widely dispersed)

Formation

 

Dets under command

Own Tps detached

Men

Tks,

Armd C8, Guns

Men

Tks,

Armd C5, Guns

1 Feb

682758

 

7 Armd Div

3 tippers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ops

 

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4 tippers, 3 ?????? graders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 1945

Commanding Officer:  Major J.G. CARR R.E.

Place

Date

Hour

Summary of Events and Information

References to Appendices

THORN

1

0900

1 Tp training with close support raft at 62765. 3 Tp finishing of Somerfeld laid on these approaches in readiness for ARK II tomorrow.

 

674865

2

1100

1 & 3 Tps assisting in ARK II. 1 Tp operating Cl 9/12 close support raft. 3 Tp laying & making track walk.

 

 

 

 

Ex finished at 2300 hrs. All Tps returned to billets.

 

 

3

 

Squadron resting & reorganising. Football v 3 RHA won 7 – 0 ???

 

 

4

 

N.T.R. Orders for new billet area LOUVAIN road.

 

 

5

0900

2 i/c & recce party to LOUVAN area for billets. Squadron

 

 

5

1500

loaded in readiness. 2nd billet area WEERT.

 

 

6

1100

LOUVAIN recce party recalled. Squadron still loaded.

 

 

7

 

Still sitting waiting. Further recces made WEERT.

 

WEERT

8

 

Moved to WEERT by Tps. Remainder of day settling in.

 

 

9

 

Training programme issued. M.T. maintenance programme completed.

 

 

10

 

Training in morning. Afternoon recreational.

 

 

11

 

Div RE service – NTR

 

 

12

 

Course for Inf Re???? started. Run by Lt TOTTEHHAM.

 

 

 

 

Junior NCO’s Cadre course as run by O.C. started

 

 

 

 

OC inspection of 2&3 Tps. G1098 M.T. & Turnout

 

 

 

 

Notification of award of immediate MC to LT PCM WESTON

 

 

13

0930

OC spoke to the whole Squadron 0

 

 

14

 

Officers on E. E WT as run by CRE (& Seven NCPs_ - subject Bridging. OC attended lecture by R.AF. officer on Typhoons.

 

 

15

 

NCO & pincer Trg continues. Otherwise N.T.R.

 

 

16

 

LT KEER & PEPPER returned.

 

 

17

0900

O.C. inspected Turnout M.T. G1098 of 1 & 2 & 3 Tp.

 

 

 

1100

LT left unit for 50 RHU en route for PICKFORDS

 

 

 

1400

Wireless exercise for 24 hrs & NCOs run by OC

 

 

18

 

Sunday – N.T.R.  Loading up preparations to move,

 

 

19

0200

Moved to KEVELPER in Germany Map Ref.

 

 

 

 

Arrived approx 0600. Remained of day settling in.

 

 

20

 

Recce parties of all taking over small jobs in XANTEN preparation to Rhine crossing op. Under command 52(L) Div

 

 

 

 

Lt G.C.H OSBORNE joined squadron

 

 

21

 

1 Tp. employed on tank track         }

 

 

 

 

3 Tp     “    on Cl40 route through  } XANTEN

 

 

 

 

2 Tp resting. Lt KEER posted to 4 Fd Sqn.

 

 

22

 

Road maintenance in 52 Div area. Tac Sqn H.Q.

 

 

 

 

More Tps move to SONSBECK 059348

 

 

23

 

7 Armd Div RE OP. Inst No 12 recd

 

 

 

 

All troops now stationed SONSBECK & 1 Pl of Pincers attached from 53 Pnr. Coy & 10 Tippers.

 

 

 

 

Troops engaged on road & track maintenance and each Tp during 8 hrs on & 16 off suty.

 

 

 

 

Patrolling etc. v. little work to be done.

 

 

24

 

As for 23

 

 

25

 

As for 23 and 24. Same routine. Still v. little work

 

 

 

 

As weather remained dry and sunny, all tracks standing up well.

 

 

26

1200

Reverted to Command 7 Armd Div as handed over area to 52 Div R.E. Troops rested during remainder of day and Sqn HQ moved up to SONSBECK.

 

 

 

 

Whole Sqn preparing to rejoin Dib for “SWAN” into Germany.

 

 

26

 

Squadron warned to move at 0945 – amended to 1250 and postponed overnight. Whole squadron slept in SONSBECK.

 

 

26

2200

Orders received giving start time as 28 0945

 

 

27

1915

Eventually joined coln, at head od 131 Bde and tail of 22 Armd Bde with 143 Fd Pk Br, troop following.

 

 

27

2230

Crossed the Rhine and moved on to leaguer just outside BISLICH.

 

 

27

1200

2 Tp and 50’ of Bailey moved out. Crossed Rhine at 1330 under chequered flags carrying Div Comd’s authority of priority. Proceed to build bridge at HAMMENFELD 222434. Completed by 1700

 

 

 

 

Maint party left at bridge & remainder of Tp leaguered near by.

 

 

28

0800

2 Tp repaired blown bridge at 289491by bull dozing a causeway & reinforcing with stone. Completed 1200. Tp returned to leaguer.

 

 

 

1430

Sqn moved to new location at                 . Arrived 2000, Maint party dropped of at causeway 333518. Stayed night.

 

 

29

0800

Moved to new location 395597, south BORKEN. Took over road responsibilities up to level crossing North BORKEN. Still maintaining two bulldozed crossings

 

 

30

0900

Move to 705694. Up router for wheels (with back diversion) made & maintained between 404718 and, 403723 & 405726. Maint party remains over night. WESERE road block half cleared. Router oneway down/

 

 

 

 

One block cleaner in REMEN. One way router opened through SUDLOHN

 

 

31

1400

Sqn moved to 432802. Up & down routes through LOESENE cleared.

 

 

 

 

Up & down routes in STADTLOHN. Two wat route cleared at night through both sth of STADLOHN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SITUATION AT 1800   HRS. DAILY

 

 

UNIT WAR DIARY APPENDIX "A"

Unit  621 Fd Sqn RE.  

Ref. Map Series  BELGIUM

 

 

 Sheet No.           1  

Commanding Officer  Major J G Carr RE

Scale   1/100,000  

 

 

 

Month  and Year March 1945    

Sheets  

 

 

 

DATE

LOCATIONS Map Ref

CHANGES IN COMMAND

APPROXIMATE STRENGTH

APPROXIMATE CASUALTIES

P.W.s

Weather

How was unit employed?

Ops, trg, defence works?

 

Visits

HQ

 

Sqns, Btys Coys, etc

(if widely dispersed)

Formation

 

Dets under command

Own Tps detached

Men

Tks,

Armd C8, Guns

Men

Tks,

Armd C5, Guns

1 March

674865

 

7 Armd Div

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----

255

 

--

 

 

WET

TRG

 

2 

“

 

 

“

“

255

 

--

 

 

CLOUDY

“

 

3

“

 

 

“

“

254

 

1

 

 

FINE

“

 

4

“

 

 

“

“

254

 

--

 

 

CLOUDY

“

 

5

“

 

 

“

“

254

 

--

 

 

WET

“

 

6

“

 

 

“

“

254

 

--

 

 

CLOUDY

“

 

7

“

 

 

“

“

254

 

--

 

 

FINE

“

 

8

WEERT

 

 

“

“

254

 

--

 

 

FINE

“

 

9

“

 

 

“

“

252

 

2

 

 

FINE

“

 

10

“

 

 

“

“

252

 

--

 

 

FINE

“

 

11

“

 

 

“

“

252

 

--

 

 

FINE

“

 

12

“

 

 

“

“

250

 

2

 

 

FINE

“

 

13

“

 

 

“

“

250

 

--

 

 

FINE

“

 

14

“

 

 

“

“

251

 

--

 

 

WET

“

 

15

“

 

 

“

“

251

 

--

 

 

CLOUDY

“

 

16

“

          “

“

“

“

251

 

--

 

 

FINE

“

 

17

“

          “

“

“

“

252

 

--

 

 

FINE

“

 

18

“

          “

“

“

“

252

 

--

 

 

FINE

PREPARING FOR OPS

 

19

KEVELPER

 (GERMANY)

“

“

“

253

 

--

 

 

FINE

OPS

 

20

“

 

52(L)DIV

“

“

251

 

2

 

 

FINE

OPS

 

21 Mar

KEVELPER

 

52(L)DIV

---

 

253

---

--

---

--

FINE

OPS

 

22

“

 

 

---

 

251

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2

---

--

FINE

“

 

23

059348

 

 

 

 

253

---

--

---

--

FINE

“

 

24

“

 

 

 

 

252

---

1

---

--

FINE

“

 

25

“

 

 

 

 

252

---

--

---

--

FINE

“

 

26

“

 

 

 

 

252

---

--

---

--

FINE

“

 

27

BISLICH

 

 

 

 

253

---

--

---

--

DULL

“

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

253

---

--

---

--

FINE

“

 

29

395597

 

 

 

 

253

---

--

---

--

FINE

“

 

30

405394

 

 

 

 

259

---

--

---

--

FINE

“

 

31

432802

 

 

 

 

258

---

1

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--

FINE

“

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 1945

Commanding Officer:  Major J.G. CARR R.E.

Place

Date

Hour

Summary of Events and Information

References to Appendices

 

1

1200

Sqn moved to 563821/ 2 Tp moved out to relieve 3 Tp on Rd maint. 1 Tp 4 Fd Sqn came U/C.  Axis from STADTLOHN 4377 to 56920 made two way. The Rd block closed at 842908. Two wat dual up & down routers made in STADTLOHN. Main party in SUDLOHN relieved by 268 Fd Coy RE.

 

 

2

0630

Move to 696996. 2 Tp rejoined & one troop 4 Fd rebated. At 1130 1 Tp Officer & ½ section joined each of 8 Hussars and 5 Dragoon Guards with one CLIV & one Armd Dozer respectively.

 

 

3

 

Moved to 922051. Recce Officer & ½ Sec still out.

 

 

 

 

Maintained router from 889040 to 971048 incl work in RIESENBACH. Maint Part at HASTER Br 053053.

 

 

 

 

Three Rd Blocks cleared by both recce officers on 8 H and 5 DG axis

 

 

4

1200

No Change in location of some router maintenance and activity. Two recce officers still out.

 

 

5

1500

Both Recce Officers with ½ sections & dozers attached to unit.

 

 

 

1530

Sqn move to WALLENHORST192179. Arrived 2000. Rd repair& crater filling on Rds. 037001 to 052028 & 033028 to 081034. Rd blocks cleared at 993072, 057021, 087093 and 987078. Both Recce at 987078 & 972180

 

 

6

 

1 Tp on road maintenance near Sqn HQ, for a Div axis with 2 & 3 Tps also out on axis working all day and maint parties out by night. Soft ???? ??? Sqn HQ required to arrive in new leaguer at 2300 LEMBRUG 435365.

 

 

07

 

2 TP maint party arrived at 0230 hrs.

 

 

 

 

Stretch of road being maintained ENTNER – VENNE including clearing, repairs to culvert and removal of road blocks.

 

 

07

0830

Departed and moved to new leaguer VARREL

 

 

 

1230

676476 0 2 & 3 Tps & HQ only.

 

 

 

 

1 Troop diverted and billeted in DIEPHOLZ

 

 

 

 

preparation to building br at KORNAU

 

 

 

 

Lt OSBORNED and ½ section joined 5 IDG as recce party.

 

 

08

 

1 Tp started baily br 60/D/S with 20’ ramps at first light, approx. 0600 after the officers had made a recce with Ing covering party. Site 489528 KORNAU completed by 1400.

 

 

 

 

Also Cl 40 diversion discovered. Troop returned to Sqn leaguer in VARREL appox 1900.

 

 

 

1800

Working hrs of 2 & 2 TPs looked at in readiness for Bridge at BARNSTORFT.

 

 

 

 

110’ T/S with 10’ ramps. Bridging commenced.

 

 

 

 

Trouble with sinkage or rocking roller experience delaying job.

 

 

08

1430

Bridge opened. 2 Tp very tired so rested.

 

 

09

0100

Orders received by L.O. ref task of blown bridge at 4970 in COLRADE.

 

 

09

0900

1 Ip ???? for task and departed 0800. Tp leader reported to 131 Bde HQ for orders at 0800.

 

 

 

 

Troops joined force of 1 Sqn 5 IDG & 1 Coy R.B. Bridge reached & recced approx 1800.

 

 

 

 

Br forms & br damaged by attempted enemy demolition. Approx 800 lbs explosives placed & detonated. Reinforced concrete bridge ??? for the damaged & made impassable ????? and ??? but very few tracks caerels shattered, bars bent but remained intact.

 

 

09

1200

H.Q. & 1 2 & 3 Tps after completion of tasks move to APPSTEDT. 1 Tp remained in support of 131 Bde with 1 ½ section up. Lt Osborne & ½ section of 3 Tp recalled.

 

 

1000

 

Road patched by H.Q. personnel at WEDERBORN.

 

 

 

 

Tps resting (2 & 3). 1 Tp still with 131.

 

 

1100

0830

Sqn & 1, 2 & 3 Tp (1 Tp rejoined by 0815) moved to NOLDE later crossing WESER at HOYA – arrived by 1200.

 

 

 

 

Recce parties on Bridge at 995509 by 1530.

 

 

 

 

Sqn task 1 80 D/S landing bay 1 30’ CL 40 E of floating bay and 300’ of approach.

 

 

 

 

3 Tp Task offloading pontoon & building E F Bay, 2 Tp approach. 1 Tp 80’ LBay.

 

 

 

1600

Bulldoze troop back & making ramp completed and decking with sawn timber (which was c?????lty on site) started.

 

 

 

2100

E.F.B. completed – only to be rafted across off loading of remainder of ????? on site also on site. Approach 60%.

 

 

12

0630

3 Tp started to ??? EFB over.

 

 

 

0915

E.F.B. in posn & 1 Tp started building L Bay – finished and jacked down by 1200

 

 

 

1200

L Bay – finished and jacked down by 1200

 

 

 

 

Timber road surfacing going down well. Tank turntables 2 under construction.

 

 

13

 

?? ???? maintenance party ??? ??? 3 Tp so 3 hours each.

 

 

14

 

3 road blocks mover at 028579 065620 and 011542. 20 loads of bricks dumped on road

 

 

 

 

Repairs ????? Br NENBURG – AMDERTEN classified & ??????

 

 

 

 

RETHEM br tajen over from 53 Div & NENBRUG br handed over to 12 Corps Tps

 

 

15

0800

Rd NENBURG br -  X rds 125674 maintained since allow of 3 ??? br to ????

 

 

16

 

Moved to WALSRODE. 2 Tp deployed & 1 Tp tp FALLINGBOSTEL arriving 173- hrs.

 

 

 

 

100’ TS built completed 0130 hrs.

 

 

18

 

CL cleared of enemy vehicles & craters filled area 4193. Recce Off & half section out with 5 RTR, 1 Tp Maintenance party ????

 

 

 

 

A “Liberation for FALLINGBOSTEL ??????

 

 

19

0330

2 To finishes br 485035, now bridging 032077 ?? 3 Tp clearing 131 Bde ??? of ??? of demolitions to ???? going on the track  round 055234.??????????????/????

 

 

20

 

3 Tps on ?????? still, this keeps changing & difficult to ?????? ?? working one ??????

 

 

 

 

Road ????? 1 Tp takes over br at 379251 &

 

 

 

 

finish 1830 hrs. “ANTICIPATION”  ??? ??????

 

 

21

 

3 Tp make ???2612 ??? 2 way  ??????

 

 

 

 

Reopens 1500 hrs ?????

 

 

22

 

Move EILENDORF 4827

 

 

23

0900

Church Service.

 

 

 

 

1 Tp and 2 Tp recce offrs out on more recces.

 

 

24

 

2 Tp dispose of old mortar bombs E of BOCHOLZ. Civilians in latter town made to fill in slit trenches & remove rd block.

 

 

 

 

Interest in ho??ey & ????.

 

 

25

 

2 Tp start cleaning up br. rubble road over autobahns N.W BOCHOLZ 4333

 

 

26

 

2 & 3 Tps cleaning brs over autohahn.

 

 

 

 

1 Armd Dz with 2 Tp, 24 General work changes being used. No ARV available.

 

 

27

 

Both troops continue cleaning, 2 To have Armd Dz and 2 oxy-acet cutters.

 

 

28

 

3 Tp continue cleaning, 2 Tp finish 1700 hrs. 2 Tippers are swapped, 2 from 486 Fd Coy coming.

 

 

29

 

3 Tp continue cleaning, Lt Acres goes off to recce river br site.

 

 

30

 

Move 1400 to HORBURG, preparation for 100’ FBE br over ELBE, (OMEGA Br)

 

 

1

 

Start Br 1800 hrs.   Strafed lightly

 

 

 

 

2200 hrs no cas. 2 TP on tresles

 

 

 

 

and ?? line. 3 Tp constructing rafts

 

 

 

 

1 Tp approaches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SITUATION AT 1800   HRS. DAILY

 

 

UNIT WAR DIARY APPENDIX "A"

Unit  621 FD SQN RE.  

Ref. Map Series  GERMANY

 

 

 Sheet No.           1  

Commanding Officer  MAJOR J G CARR RE

Scale   1/100,000  

 

 

 

Month  and Year APRIL 1945    

Sheets  

 

 

 

DATE

LOCATIONS Map Ref

CHANGES IN COMMAND

APPROXIMATE STRENGTH

APPROXIMATE CASUALTIES

P.W.s

Weather

How was unit employed?

Ops, trg, defence works?

 

Visits

HQ

 

Sqns, Btys Coys, etc

(if widely dispersed)

Formation

 

Dets under command

Own Tps detached

Men

Tks,

Armd C8, Guns

Men

Tks,

Armd C5, Guns

1 APRIL

563921

 

7 Armd Div

1TP3FDSQN

----

258

--

--

--

--

CLOUDY

OPS

 

2 

696996

 

“

----

----

258

--

--

--

--

WET

“

 

3

822058

 

“

----

----

258

--

--

--

--

WET

“

 

4

“  “

 

“

----

----

259

--

--

--

--

SHOWERS

“

 

5

WALLE1HORST

192179

 

“

----

----

259

--

--

--

--

RAINY

“

 

6

“    “

 

“

----

----

260

--

--

--

--

WET

“

 

7

LEBBURG

435365

 

“

----

----

260

--

--

--

--

WET

“

 

8

VARREZ

676476

 

“

----

----

261

--

--

--

--

FINE

“

 

9

“   “

 

“

----

----

261

--

--

--

--

HOT

“

 

10

APPSTEDT

 

“

----

----

261

--

--

--

--

HOT

“

 

11

WOLPE

 

“

----

----

261

--

--

--

--

HOT

“

 

12

“

 

“

----

----

261

--

--

--

--

HOT

“

 

13

“

 

“

----

----

261

--

--

--

--

HOT

“

 

14

“

 

“

----

----

261

--

--

--

--

HOT

“

 

15

“

 

“

----

----

260

--

--

--

--

WARM

“

 

16

 

 

“

----

----

258

--

--

--

--

HOT

“

 

17

“

 

“

----

----

257

--

1

--

--

COOL

“

 

18

“

 

“

----

----

256

--

--

--

--

COOL

“

 

19

“

 

“

----

----

256

--

--

--

--

SUNNY

“

 

20

“

 

“

----

----

256

--

--

 

 

SUNNY

“

 

21

WALSRODE

 

7 Armd Div

---

----

256

--

--

---

--

RAIN

OPS

 

22

RHIENDORF

(4827)

“

---

----

256

--

--

---

--

RAIN

“

 

23

“

 

“

---

----

256

--

--

---

--

HOT

“

 

24

“

 

“

---

----

255

--

--

---

--

HOT

“

 

25

“

 

“

---

----

255

--

--

---

--

WARM

“

 

26

“

 

“

---

----

256

--

--

---

--

WET

“

 

27

“

 

“

---

----

256

--

--

---

--

WET

“

 

28

“

 

“

---

----

256

--

--

---

--

WET

“

 

29

“

 

“

---

----

256

--

--

---

--

WET

“

 

30

HORBUG

 

“

---

----

256

--

--

---

--

WET

“

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

May 1945

Commanding Officer:  Major J.G. CARR R.E.

Place

Date

Hour

Summary of Events and Information

References to Appendices

 

1

 

Start Br 1800 hrs.   Strafed lightly 2200 hrs

 

 

 

 

2 TP on tresles 3 Tp constructing rafts

 

 

 

 

1 Tp approaches

 

 

2

 

Lt Keer and tp 4 Fd Sqn help us.

 

 

 

 

Br finished 1800 1000’ long.

 

 

 

 

Move back to RHEINDORF 1700 hrs.

 

 

3

 

Enter Hamburg. 1 To leading, to take over brs, HE removed from one br charged.

 

 

4

 

Hamburg installations inspected for charges, 2 Tp in addition doing some rd maintenance S, side of town.

 

 

5

 

Order cancellation of move to Denmark.

 

 

 

 

Move NW of HAMBURG 2 kilometres East of QUICKBORN.

 

 

6

 

Sqn leaguered in same location.

 

 

7

 

VE DAY. Sqn moved to location at Hujg (South of Itzehoe).

 

 

8

 

Sqn remained in location and opened waterpoints (328_

 

 

9

 

Sqn moved u/c 131 Bde to SUDENSTAPEL (12k East of Friedrichstadt)

 

Sudenstapel

10

 

Same location & 3Tr produced a football pitch. OC attended Conf with Brig 131 at ?????? & high officers Divisional command to discuss problems in POW peninsula area

 

“

11

 

Same location. Recces begin for water  - water site in peninsular.

 

“

12

 

Tps employed destroying dumps of enemy ammn, etc.

 

“

13

 

      ------------------ do -------------------

 

“

14

 

Dumps still being cleared. Same in afternoon.

 

“

 

 

??? ??? helping as interpreter.

 

“

15

 

Recces being done to establish water supplies for the peninsula. 200 civs evacuated from peninsular into leaguer area.  SSS answered 200 civs enquiries today.

 

Sudenstapel

16

 

C???d?l pitch being made. Footbal pm 1 Tp v 3 Tp 10 22

 

 

 

 

1 Tp v HQ 10 22. Sgn daily routine orders re commenced/

 

“

17

 

Capt De Sa (2i/c) had accident & taken to ADS

 

 

 

 

evacuated with 2 fract legs

 

 

 

 

Sqn 24 hour ceremonial Guard commenced.

 

“

18

 

2 TP destroy enemy explosive for 3 RHA. Lt Pepper left with offr 4 Sqn to attend education course at Dib school.

 

 

 

 

1 Tp v 2 Tp football 3:20. Lt Acres action 2i/c.

 

“

19

 

Lt Weston taken over work in peninsula & destr of enemy eqpt etc. 2/Lt OSBORNEE Sqdn Education Offr.

 

“

20

 

Bde Church service in Friedrichstadt. Troops on rive in afternoon.

 

 

 

 

O.C. talked to sqn – subject Education. Patrol to check curfew in neighbouring villages.

 

“

21

 

Whit Monday – day declared a holiday except of essential duties. Some educational tools collected from Luneburg.

 

SUDENSTAPEL

22

 

Continued ???? with German staff at Pennisula.

 

“

 

 

2 Tp ????? units & destroying enemy eqpt in Erfde.

 

 

23

 

Bathing beach on river completed by 1 Tp/

 

 

24

 

Capt Hoskyn R.B. arrived 16.30 hrs. to take over position as 2i/c and Maj Carr prepared handover of Sqn to him in absence of new O.C. on his posting away.

 

 

 

 

Sqn canteen opened – beer, meals table tennis

 

 

25

 

O.C. left Sqn at 07.45 hrs on posting -

 

 

 

 

Capt Hoskyn A/OC. Lt Acres A/2i/c

 

 

26

 

Troop vehicles employed carrying enemy shells & ammn to dumps.

 

 

27

 

Warning order received for pending move of 28th.

 

 

 

 

Troops commenced packing & re-loading vehicles.

 

 

 

 

 

7 Armd Div Op Instr No 101

 

 

 

 

Included as Appx E Folio !

 

28

 

Sqn moved from SUDENSTAPEL to HOHENASPE (north of Itzehoe) moved at 11.30 hrs arrived new location 14.30 hrs.

 

 

 

 

Good move although away all day. Small rear party left : 2 canteen staff/

 

HOHENASPE

29

 

Settle in billets & established contact with Burgermeister re his affairs etc in village.

 

 

 

 

A/OC went to CRE’s conference. Canteen re-opened again.

 

 

30

 

Rear party re-joined sqn & recce completed for timber in area.

 

 

31

 

Recce initiated by Comd 3 Tp under instructions I.O.R.E for complete local resources of present area. Estimated 5 days job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SITUATION AT 1800   HRS. DAILY

 

 

UNIT WAR DIARY APPENDIX "A"

Unit  621 Fd Sqn Re.  

Ref. Map Series  G.S.G.S. 4346

 

 

 Sheet No.           1  

Commanding Officer  Major J G Carr RE

Scale   1/250,000  

 

 

 

Month  and Year May 1945    

Sheets  L55 

 

 

 

DATE

LOCATIONS Map Ref

CHANGES IN COMMAND

APPROXIMATE STRENGTH

APPROXIMATE CASUALTIES