"Q" Troop Report
Battle Report of "Q" Troop on Operation "ROAST"
1/2 Apr 45.
1/2 Apr 45.
|Sgt Scott and the two Bren teams moved through Wolf 2 to their position on the river bank.|
|2115hrs||Normal enemy harrassing mortar fire on forward edge of wood MR 636563.|
|2130hrs||Forward troops of 43 R.M. Commando began to infiltrate to the Pillbox positions Wolf 1 in sub-section strength. No enemy fire.|
|2330hrs||Sgt Scott reported Five wheeled vehicles moving away from him on the opposite side of the river. Our Arty fire followed a few minutes later in the correct area. Sgt Scott reported a line running from the TONGUE across the river. This was cut at 2355 hrs.|
|Forward troops of 43 R.M. Commando began to infiltrate back through Pillbox positions, by 0445 hrs approx a troop strength had passed through.|
|0455hrs||Barrage on our sector began.|
|0505hrs||43 R.M. Commando forward troops returned to their original positions and had passed through WOLF 1 by 0515 hrs.|
|0520hrs||Enemy fired into rockets into our positions and then mortared the area, odd shelling continued until approx 0645 hrs. Meanwhile Spandau fire from end of TONGUE and across the other side of the river opened up across the front of our positions.|
|0545hrs to 0615hrs||Kangaroos and Churchill tanks were forming up on the beach at MR 640566.|
|0615hrs||Sgt Scott and his Bren gunners returned through our positions.|
|0800hrs||6 Section in WOLF 1 withdrew on orders from the C.O. Just afterwards a direct hit from a heavy gun demolished the seaward Pillbox and a near miss from the same gun badly damaged the central one.|
|1400hrs||5 Section and Troop HQ withdraw from WOLF 2 position on orders from the C.O. to WOODFORCE HQ.|
OC. "Q" Troop
6 Apr 45.