The 67th Field Regt landed with the assault troops in Amphibious DUWK’s on 22nd Jan 1944.
After severe fighting at the end of January and into February with heavy Allied losses, March offered severely bad weather conditions to make life worse.
April 1944 the Allies were digging deeper and the Germans watching and waiting, the bombards were less numerous (it was rumoured that they were short of ammunition). On 2nd April the enemy put in a raid in force but it came to nothing. It had become a stalemate. The build up of equipment went quietly ahead in preparation for the Breakout which was to come in May.
They were enjoying the entertainment by Carol Levis a popular Canadian entertainer who put on shows in 67th Field Regiment 446 Battery underground garage turned into a temporary theatre.
The month continued with a mounting toll of casualties from shelling and air raids.
The Beachhead began to take on the semblance of a permanent domicile.
This was a particularly bad memory for those involved. It was impossible to move without drawing fire and resembled a WW1 battleground. Completely the reverse of the fighting they had experienced in Tunisia (see Banana Ridge posting).
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