Fine again today.
Sergeants Palfreman & Blanchard away on a case in
. To occupy
the two squads we were sent out on a manouver.
At we were briefed in camp. Six of the forty six were sent on to hide in
a prearranged cave, unknown to the rest of us, at about five miles distant to
the camp on the Horsha to Shafa Amr track.
I remembered this cave from our trip on Sunday. We were split into three squads under squad
commanders nominated by ourselves. Simkiss was ours. We single filed from the camp
at 09.30 and after a fairly stiff cross country march we arrived on the hill
above the cave at 1300 hrs. Our squad
& another were good but the third squad commander lost command of his squad
& arrived in the rear of his squad.
We then went onto another ruin where the commanders were hiking up. Quarry blasting mistaken for advance signal
so it fell through. 20 miles. Am on guard tonight, first guard . Jerusalem
3557 8829 William Ernest Simkiss B/C Born 15.9.1928 service commenced 3.12.1946 A&T Shafr - Bethlehem 12.3.1948
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