CMP WAR DIARY

NORTH WEST NORWAY

EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

(RUPERT FORCE)

WO 168/81

WO 168/81          6 HQ PRO COY  1 MAY - 3 JUNE 1940

APRIL 1 1940   THEAKSTON, YORKS.  CAPT T C IRVINE OC.

 PTE. BAINBRIDGE, RAOC MECHANIC ATTACHED TO UNIT FROM DEPOT, ACTON, LONDON, RETURNED TO UNIT SURPLUS TO ESTABLISHMENT.

OUTLYING DETACHMENTS AT MALTON, THIRSK AND BARNARD CASTLE, CALLED IN FOR TRAINING.   G.1098 EQUIPMENT CHECKED OVER BY SECTION SERGEANTS AND CERTIFICATE RENDERED - ALL CORRECT.   NO MAJOR DEFICIENCIES OF EQUIPMENT. APRIL 2 HIRED TRANSPORT - RETURN SUBMITTED TO DIV HQ SHOWING COST OF HIRED TRANSPORT FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH.   PERSONNEL CARRYING OUT SPEED PATROL DUTIES - CATTERICK BRIDGE - BOROBRIDGE, NORTHALLERTON - THIRSK.   FOOT PATROLS OPERATING IN NORTHALLERTON AND BEDALE.   DISCIPLINE OF TROOPS IN VIV. AREA VERY GOOD.

WRD 49/4199, ?/2 RECEIVED RE MOB EQUIPMENT.   NIL RETURN SUBMITTED TO DIV HQ.

VISIT OF AA & WMG & GSO 1 66 dIVISION TO 49 DIVISIONAL HQ, BEDALE.

APRIL 3  INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM DIVISIONAL HQ - PERSONNEL RELIEVING FORMATION ARRIVING TODAY.

TRAINING PROGRAMME SUBMITTED TO DIVISIONAL HQ.

APRIL 4  TEN CNO’S WARNED TO STAND BY FOR MOVE TO UNKNOWN DESTINATION.

TWO NCO’S 66 DIV PRO COY, ARRIVED TO INSPECT BILLET AND MAKE ARRANGEMENT FOR CHECKING OVER ORDNANCE STORES ETC.

APRIL 5  FOURN NCO’S DETAILED TO CONVOY 67TH DIVISIONAL FIELD REGIMENT DOWN GREAT NORTH ROAD, LEEMING BAR - BAWTRY CROSSROADS.

TEN NCO’S INFORMED READY TO MOVE BY 17.00HRS, 6 APRIL 1940.

ONE NCO L/CPL HALL L GRANTED 28 DAYS FURLOUGH PENDING DISCHARGE - MEDICAL BOARD HAVING DECIDED NCO UNFIT FOR ANY FORM OF SERVICE - DISCHARGE RECOMMENDED.

APRIL 6  TEN NCO’S POSTED TO UNKNOWN DESTINATION.    ONE NCO GRANTED 14 DAYS SICK LEAVE PENDING MEDICAL BOARD.   FIFTEEN MOTORCYCLES LOANED TO PERSONNEL OF NO. 27 SECTION FSP (FIELD SECURITY POLICE) FOR INSTRUCTION.

APRIL 7  TRAFFIC CONTROL ARRANGED REF MOVE 70TH FIELD REGT., NOTIFICATION RECEIVED - REMAINDER OF COY READY TO MOVE BY 16.00HRS 11/4/1940.   ALL G.1098 EQUIPMENT PACKED SECURELY READY FOR MOVING TO RAILHEAD.   ALL SECTIONS COMPLETE.

APRIL 8 07.00HRS  ALL UNIT EQUIPMENT LOADED, AND SHIPPED TO RAILHEAD.   TWO NCO’S DETAILED AS GUARD - RAILWAY VANS ETC.

BILLET HANDED OVER TO TWO NCO’S OF 66 DIV PRO COY.   THREE NCO’S OF THE LATE 49 DIV PRO COY SURPLUS TO  ESTABLISHMENT OF NO.6 HQ PROVOST COMPANY LEFT AS REAR PARTY TO HAND OVER ALL ACCOMMODATION STORES, T.A. FURNITURE, ETC.

ALL UNIT MOTORCYCLES RETURNED TO ORDNANCE DEPOT, CATTERICK.   TRUCKS RETAINED FOR TRANSPORT OF PERSONNEL TO RAILHEAD.

REAR PARTY WARNED TO PROCEED TO O.C DETAILS, HOOGE LINES, CATTERICK ON COMPLETION OF HANDING OVER.

WHOLE COMPANY PARADED 17.00HRS.   PROCEEDED  BY UNIT TRANSPORT TO RAILHEAD (BEDALE STATION).   ENTRAINED 19.30HRS.

19.50 HRS FIVE NCO’S DETAILED TO STAY BEHIND AND FOLLOW AT A LATER DATE WITH UNIT TRANSPORT.   PATROLS PUT OUT AT EACH STOP EN ROUTE :- NORTHALLERTON, DARLINGTON, NEWCASTLE.

04.45HRS ARRIVED PORT OF EMBARKATION.   EMBARKED 06.00HRS.   QUARTERS ALLOTTED TO PERSONNEL, QUITE COMFORTABLE - THOUGH RATHER OVERCROWDED.

PATROLS PUT OUT ON BOARD AT 10.00HRS.

LEFT PORT OF EMBARKATION 15.00HRS.

APRIL 12 AT SEA.  24 HOUR GUARD ESTABLISHED ON RATION DUMP BY CMP PERSONNEL.   ALL PERSONNEL RESTRICTED FROM BOAT DECK.   NO ONE ALLOWED ABOVE DECKS.   CMP PATROLS WARNED TO ENFORCE THIS.

APRIL 13 ISSUE OF IRON RATIONS MADE TO ALL RANKS.   ORDNANCE COMMENCED ISSUE OF ARCTIC CLOTHING TO PERSONNEL ON BOARD.

CERTAIN PERSONNEL AFFECTED BY SICKNESS, CAUSING DIFFICULTIES IN ARRANGING OF DUTIES.

APRIL 14  WEATHER VERY COLD.   HEAVY SEAS RUNNING.   ALL TROOPS ALLOWED OUT ONTO UPPER DECKS.   PATROLS WARNED TO SEE THAT THEY ALL CARRY WITH THEM A LIFE BELT - ORDERS GIVEN THAT NO SMOKING BE PERMITTED BETWEEN DECKS, CMP PERSONNEL DETAILED TO SEE TO THIS.

LIFE BOAT DRILL 15.00HRS.   CMP PERSONNEL GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS AS TO POSITIONS TO BE TAKEN UP ON ALARM BEING GIVEN.

APRIL 15  SHIPS INSPECTION AT 10.00HRS, ALL CORRECT.   ANCHOR DROPPED AT 16.00HRS - UNLOADING OF SHIP COMMENCED ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.   CMP DETAILED TO SUPERVISE.

APRIL 16  SECTION CMP PERSONNEL SENT ASHORE WITH CERTAIN EQUIPMENT.   FIRST ENEMY BOMBING RAID AT 11.20HRS - AND AGAIN LATE AFTERNOON - NO CASUALTIES.   REMAINDER OF PERSONNEL ON BOARD DETAILED BY SHIP’S aDJUTANT TO ASSIST IN UNLOADING STORES ETC

APRIL 16 HARSTAD, NORWAY NO. 7864769 L/CPL LAIRD (SECTION SENT ASHORE) KILLED IN ACTION DURING ENEMY BOMBING RAID ON HARBOUR AT HARSTAD AT 16.00HRS.

20.00HRS ALL PERSONNEL CMP DISEMBARKED AT HARSTAD,   COMFORTABLY BILLETED BY 22.00HRS.

APRIL 17  PATROLS AND PICQUETS PUT OUT IN HARSTAD ON DOCK DUTIES, TOWN PATROLS ETC.   THREE AIR RAID WARNINGS SOUNDED.   NO BOMBS DROPPED IN TOWN.   GENERAL ROUTINE ORDERS RECEIVED FROM FORCE HQ.   COPY NO.53 AF/1/G RECEIVED FROM FORCE HQ.

APRIL 18  AVONFORCE INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY NO. 7 RECEIVED FROM FORCE HQ.   AIR RAID ALARM 07.45HRS.   AF/515/Q RECEIVED AND DEALT WITH.

APRIL 19  L/CPL J R LAIRD, BURIED AT HARSTAD WITH FULL MILITARY HONOURS.   TWO AIR ALARMS SOUNDED - PF SHORT DURATION - NO ENEMY AIRCRAFT SIGHTED.   SIX NCO’S DETAILED TO ACT AS AIR RAID WARDENS - TO CLEAR STREETS OF CIVILIANS AND TROOPS UPON THE SOUNDING OF AN ALARM.

APRIL 20  AVON FORCE INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY NO.8 RECEIVED.

APRIL 21  GUARD PLACED ON BOARD CAPTURED GERMAN TRAWLER LATER

14 OF THE CREW ESCORTED BY FOUR NCO’S TO SEA TO INTERNMENT CAMP.

FIELD RETURNS SUBMITTED TO FORCE HQ.

APRIL 22  PATROLS GAVE NECESSARY ASSISTANCE IN REEMBARKING OF TROOPS.   INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY NO. 10 RECEIVED.   RF/4/G RECEIVED.   TWO AIR RAID WARNINGS SOUNDED OF SHORT DURATION.   REPORT SUBMITTED TO PROVOST MARSHAL RE ACTIVITIES OF THIS UNIT DURING PAST FOURTEEN DAYS.

ACTING BASE COMMANDANTS INSTRUCTIONS - GUARD PLACED ON DOCKSIDE DURING NIGHT.

APRIL 23  REPORT RENDERED TO FORCE HQ RE TARDINESS IN DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS, ORDER ETC, TO THIS HQ

BILLETS INSPECTED.   CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH, NCO’S CONTENTED, FOOD GOOD.   AIR RAID WARNING SIGNAL SOUNDED - 14.00HRS.

HEAVY SNOWSTORM IN PROGRESS.   CMP PERSONNEL DETAILED FOR DUTIES IN CONNEXION WITH MOVE OF FORCE HQ.   PARADE STATE AND DUTIES TO BE FOUND SUBMITTED TO DIV HQ.

REPORT RENDERED RE LACK OF GUARDS ON QUAYSIDE AND HARBOUR.   TWO CMP’S ARMED WITH .380 REVOLVERS QUITE INSUFFICIENT.   IS NO. 10 RECEIVED.

APRIL 24  TWO SECTIONS WARNED TO STAND BY FOR MOVE OFTO FORWARD AREA.   FORCE HQ MOVE TO NEW LOCATION.   HQ GUARD REDUCED TO ONE NCO.   THREE NCO’S POSTED PERSONAL BODYGUARD TO GOC, RESIDENCE DURING NIGHT.   HEAVY SNOWSTORMS ALL NIGHT.   IS NO 11 RECEIVED.

APRIL 25  TWO AIR RAID ALARM SIGNALS SOUNDED 10.45HRS AND 12.40HRS - NO ENEMY AIRCRAFT SIGHTED.   PATROLS VISITED.   IS NO 12 RECEIVED.

APRIL 26  AIR RAID WARNING 12.00HRS.   BOMBS DROPPED - VERY FEW CASUALTIES.   RECONNAISSANCE CARRIED OUT 20 MILES N OF HARSTAD ACCOMPANIED BY DAPM - ROADS POOR.   NUMEROUS COVER FOR TROOPS.

NORWEGIAN, SUSPECTED OF ENEMY SYMPATHY APPREHENDED BY PERSONNEL F.S.P HANDED OVER TO THIS UNIT FOR SAFE CUSTODY - LATER RETURNED TO F.S.P FOR INTERROGATION.   IS. 13 RECEIVED.

APRIL 27  REPORT SUBMITTED TO FORCE HQ RE CENTRALIZATION OF CONTROL OF MILITARY & CIVILIAN AIR RAID ALARM SIGNALS.   SYSTEM AT PRESENT IN FORCE - CHAOTIC.   IS NO. 14 RECEIVED.

APRIL 28  PATROLS DETAILED TO CARRY OUT DOCK DUTY - CIVILIANS RESTRICTED FROM QUAYSIDE UNLESS IN POSSESSION OF A PASS.   DOCKS PLACED OUT OF BOUNDS TO TROOPS OTHER THAN WORKING PARTIES.   IS. NO. 15 RECEIVED.

APRIL 29 AIR RAID ALARM SOUNDED 10.00HRS.   NO AIRCRAFT SIGHTED.   SIX NCO’S DETAILED TO CONVOY LIMBERS ETC. TO UNKNOWN DESTINATION.   REPORT SUBMITTED TO HQ RE ILLICIT SUPPLY OF SPIRITS TO TROOPS IN THIS AREA.

RECONNAISSANCE CARRIED OUT HARSTAD - FERRY NORTHERN END OF HINNOY.   IS. NO.16 RECEIVED.

APRIL 30  FOUR NCO’S DETAILED TO PROCEED TO BALANGA TO TAKE OVER CUSTODY OF EIGHT CONVALESCENT PRISONERS OF WAR, AND TEN BRITISH SUBJECTS AND CONDUCT THEM TO HARSTAD.  

1 MAY 1940. 14.30 HRS.   AIR RAID WARNING RECEIVED.   ENEMY AIRCRAFT APPEARED BOMB DROPPED, GRAND HOTEL HARSTAD BADLY DAMAGED.   THREE CASUALTIES.   CMP PATROL DETAILED TO CLEAR STREET IN VICINITY.   CPL SWIFT CMP ARRIVED FROM BALLANGEN WITH SEVEN PRISONERS OF WAR.   AS NO COMPOUND AVAILABLE, PLACED IN CIVIL POLICE CELLS UNTIL INTERROGATED.

2 MAY 03.00HRS   PRISONERS OF WAR HANDED OVER TO CMP.   PLACED IN LOCAL GAOL.   ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR FEEDING ETC.   ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR INTERROGATION BY CAPT. RANKIN AT 14.15HRS.   NUMEROUS AIR RAID WARNINGS GIVEN.

3 MAY FOUR NCO’S DETAILED TO PROCEED TO BALLANGEN TO ESCORT PRISONERS OF WAR.   ARRIVED AND WERE TOLD PRISONERS HAD ALREADY BEEN DISPATCHED,   AIR RAID WARNINGS SOUNDED.   ORDERS ISSUED TO PERSONNEL.

4 MAY RETURNS (CASUALTIES ETC) SUBMITTED TO HQ BASE.   AIR RAID WARNING 11.20HRS.   ONE NCO DETAILED TO ATTEND FUNERAL OF TWO NAVAL RATINGS KILLED IN GRAND HOTEL ON 1 MAY.   ORDERS ISSUED TO PERSONNEL.

5 MAY NUMEROUS AIR RAID WARNINGS DURING DAY, ENEMY BOMBING PLANES SIGHTED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.   19 PRISONERS OF WAR CONVEYED TO INTERNMENT CAMP.   ORDERS ISSUED TO PERSONNEL.

6 MAY    NIL.

7 MAY BILLETING RETURNS SUBMITTED TO FORCE HQ.   VISITED FORWARD AREAS.

8 MAY 15.30HRS  AIR RAID WARNING SOUNDED, ENEMY PLANES SIGHTED, FEW BOMBS DROPPED.   SEVERAL GERMAN REFUGEES HANDED TO THIS COMPANY TO AWAIT INTERROGATION.   LATER HANDED OVER TO NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES FOR INTERNMENT.

16.00 HRS.   ASKED BY CAPT PRICE HMT TO ASSIST IN INVESTIGATION OF PETTY PILFERING GOING ON, ON HIS SHIP. - FIREMAN SUSPECTED OF DISPOSING OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY TO CIVILIANS AND TROOPS.   ON HIS KIT BEING SEARCHED SEVERAL ARTICLES OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY DISCOVERED, PLACED IN IRONS BY CAPT. PRICE UNTIL SHIP SAILED.   TO BE HANDED OVER TO AUTHORITIES IN UK FOR INVESTIGATION.

9 MAY ENQUIRIES MADE RE LARCENY OF SPIRITS ETC. FROM HM SUPPLY SHIPS.   ISSUED WITH FOUR MOTORCYCLES IN ORDER THAT ROAD PATROLS MAY BE PUT INTO OPERATION.   CAPT SMITH RN OFFERS EVERY ASSISTANCE TO PUT AN END TO PETTY PILFERING GOING ON ABOARD HM SHIPS AND DOCKS.   ROAD RECONNAISSANCE CARRIED OUT HARSTAD - SKAANLAND TO ASCERTAIN CONDITION OF ROAD.   ROAD WILL CRUMBLE IF USED BY HEAVY TRAFFIC.   ORDERS ISSUED TO PERSONNEL.

10 MAY   ONE CORPORAL AND TWO L/CPL’S DETAILED TO CONVOY MILITARY TRAFFIC HARSTAD - FERRY DURING NIGHT 10TH - 11TH MAY.   BILLETS INSPECTED.   NINE GERMAN PRISONERS OF WAR RECEIVED FROM ROYAL NAVY, PLACED IN CELLS,   INTERROGATED LATER BY CAPT RANKIN.

11 MAY DETACHMENT OF CMP SENT TO SKAANLAND, - LILLAND - BOGEN. TO POLICE DUMPS, ETC AND PROVIDE ROAD PATROLS.   ORDERS ISSUED TO PERSONNEL.

12 MAY NINE AIR RAIDS DURING COURSE OF DAY.   VISITED POLICE DETACHMENTS, ALL VERY WELL BILLETED.   ROAD CONDITIONS BETWEEN HARSTAD AND FERRY ARE VERY BAD, THE ROAD IN SEVERAL PLACES CRUMBLING BADLY.

13 MAY REQUEST SENT TO FORCE HQ THAT THIS COMPANY BE SUPPLIED WITH EXTRA AMMUNITION - EACH MAN AT PRESENT ONLY HOLDING 18 ROUNDS.   REPORT RENDERED TO FORCE HQ RE CONDITION OF ROAD 2 MILES SOUTH OF SKAANLAND, NO REPORT HAVING REACHED AD. FORCE HQ ABOUT THIS.   COMPANY TRANSPORT RECEIVED LESS ONE TRUCK AND ONE CAR.   ORDERS ISSUED TO PERSONNEL.

14 MAY ONE TRUCK AND SEVEN MOTORCYCLES FORWARDED TO SECTION AT SKAANLAND.   ROAD PATROLS PUT OUT IN HARSTAD AREA TO CURTAIL SPEEDING.   NINE GERMAN PRISONERS HANDED OVER TO NORWEGIAN

AUTHORITIES.   AIR RAID WARNINGS SOUNDED 11.00HRS AND 11.40HRS.

15 MAY VISITED SECTION CMP AT SKAANLAND AND LILLAND, BILLETS INSPECTED.   ROAD PATROLS NOW IN OPERATION IN BASE SUB-AREA.   ORDERS ISSUED.

16 MAY NUMEROUS ENEMY AIR RAIDS DURING DAY.   NO.43  SECTION ATTACHED TO BASE TO CONTROL TROOPS AND NAVAL PERSONNEL IN HARSTAD AREA,  TO WORK UNDER THE BASE COMMANDANT.   NUMEROUS RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS BY ENEMY AIRCRAFT MADE OVER THIS AREA DURING THE DAY, AND EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.   ORDERS ISSUED

17 MAY 3 NORWEGIAN SUSPECTS BROUGHT FROM SKAANLAND FOR INTERROGATION.   THREE GERMAN AIRMEN HANDED OVER  TO NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES FOR SAFE CUSTODY.   TWO OTHERS PLACED IN CELLS IN CIVIL GAOL.

18 MAY  INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED FROM BASE HQ AND CONFIRMED BY FORCE HQ THAT THE WHOLE OF THIS COMPANY, WILL IN FUTURE OPERATE UNDER THEIR DIRECTION.   A SUBALTERN (MR KRAUNSLIE) STAFF OFFICER BASE ATTACHED TO THIS COY.   ORDERS ISSUED.

19 MAY VISITED SUB-SECTIONS, SKAANLAND, AND LILLIAND,   EVERYTHING WORKING SMOOTHLY.   WITH ONLY A SMALL COY, DIFFICULTIES ARE BEING ENCOUNTERED IN CARRYING OUT THE NUMEROUS DUTIES IN THIS AREA.   FIELD RETURNS SUBMITTED TO OFFICER I/C DET. 2ND ECHELON.

20 MAY BILLETING RETURNS SUBMITTED TO BASE HQ.   A LARGE CONVOY ESCORTED BY TWO NCO’S FROM HARSTAD TO SKAANLAND.

17.00HRS GERMAN PRISONERS HANDED TO NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES AFTER INTERROGATION TO BE TAKEN TO AN INTERNMENT CAMP.

21 MAY  NO AIR RAIDS.   OWING TO SHORTAGE OF PETROL, PATROLS PUT OUT IN HARSTAD AREA, TO CHECK VEHICLES AND TO STOP UNNECESSARY USE.   ORDERS ISSUED.

22 MAY SUB-SECTION CMP WITHDRAWN FROM LILLAND, OWING TO LACK OF PERSONNEL FOR THE NUMEROUS DUTIES NOW HAVING TO BE PERFORMED IN THE HARSTAD AREA.   ORDERS ISSUED.

23 MAY SPEED PATROLS PUT OUT, REQUESTED TO PLACE A PICQUET AT THE NAAFI STORES, AS INTOXICATING LIQUOR IS NOW BEING SOLD TO TROOPS, SAILORS, MERCHANT SEAMEN ETC.   NO TROUBLE ON FIRST NIGHT, PATROL REPORTED THAT THOUGH PERSONNEL WERE RATHER NOISY.   THEY QUIETENED DOWN ON REQUEST.

24 MAY SEVERAL AIR RAIDS DURING DAY.   GERMAN PRISONERS RECEIVED FROM NORWEGIAN NAVY AND LATER INTERROGATED BY CAPT RANKIN.   ALL OF THEM AFTERWARDS SENT TO INTERNMENT CAP.   TRAFFIC CONTROL POSTS PUT INTO OPERATION ON MAIN CROSSROADS, ETC IN HARSTAD.

25  MAY  SEVERAL GERMAN PRISONERS RECEIVED, AFTER INTERROGATION SENT TO INTERNMENT CAMP.  ORDERS ISSUED.

26 MAY RECONNAISSANCE CARRIED OUT BASE SUB-AREA,   NUMEROUS ENEMY AIR RAIDS DURING COURSE OF DAY.   VERY LITTLE MATERIAL DAMAGE DONE ON LAND.   OIL TANKER,          ‘ OLEANDER ’ HIT.   SUCCESSFULLY BEACHED LATER.   ORDERS ISSUED.

27 MAY BILLETS INSPECTED.   INFORMED BY CAPT SMYTH N.O. I/C THAT TWELVE ROYAL MARINES WILL BE ATTACHED TO THIS COY FOR DUTY OWING TO SHORTAGE OF CMP PERSONNEL.   ASKED TO INVESTIGATE PLUNDERING OF HMT ‘OLEANDER’ BY TROOPS ETC.   NO AIR RAIDS.   ORDERS ISSUED.

28 MAY  VISITED SECTIONS AT SKAANLAND AND BASE AREA.   ATTENDED CONFERENCE AT BASE HQ.   GENERAL TIGHTENING UP OF SLACKNESS IN DISCIPLINE, DRESS, ET.   ORDERED.   FOUR NCO’S WARNED FOR SPECIAL DUTY WITH THE ROYAL ARTILLERY ON 29 MAY 1940.

29 MAY  AIR RAID WARNING GIVEN.   ONE PLANE SIGHTED.   INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN FOR SECTION AT SKAANLAND TO BE WITHDRAWN, AND REPLACED BY SGT GALE AND NINE OR’S.

30 MAY  ROAD IN SKAANLAND AREA RECONNOITRED, SUB-SECTION UNDER SGT BRANNAN WITHDRAWN FROM SKAANALAND.   SEVERAL GERMAN PRISONERS OF WAR RECEIVED.   PERMISSION GIVEN FOR HMT ‘OLEANDER TO BE USED AS CONCENTRATION FOR PRISONERS OF WAR.

31 MAY  DETAILED REPORT SUBMITTED TO BASE HQ, ON BASE-SUB AREA.   (COPY FORWARDED TO PROVOST MARSHAL).   ORDERS ISSUED.

1 JUNE 10.00HRS  BILLETS INSPECTED.   SEVERAL GERMAN PRISONERS PLACED ON BOARD HMS ‘OLEANDER’ LATER USED AS WORKING PARTY TO CLEAR OIL, SUPPLIES ETC. FROM SHIP.

2 JUNE 10.00HRS.   ATTENDED CONFERENCE AT BASE HQ.   ALL G 1098 EQUIPMENT CHECKED AND PACKED READY FOR IMMEDIATE MOVE.

3 JUNE SIX NCO’S DETAILED TO COLLECT SEVERAL GERMAN PRISONERS OF WAR FROM HARSTAD,   ARRIVED AT 23.00HRS WITH 23.   SEVERAL OF THEM WOUNDED.

16.00HRS.  CONFERENCE WITH ESO, LATER SEVERAL PARTIES CONSISTING OF ONE CORPORAL AND THREE NCO’S DETAILED TO STAND BY FOR VARIOUS DUTIES ON QUAYS, ETC.

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WO 168/91     DAPM NORTH WEST EXPEDITIONARY FORCE NORWAY                             APRIL-MAY 1940

HARSTADT, NORWAY. 1940     (33110) CAPT P C WARDLE DAPM. RUPERT FORCE

14 APRIL 14.00 HRS. DISEMBARKED MS BATORY.   RECCE PARTY FOR HARSTAD.   LIAISED WITH CHIEF OF POLICE - VERY FRIENDLY AND GAVE VALUABLE INFORMATION.   BILLETS FIXED FOR 58 CMP AND 15 FSP (FIELD SECURITY POLICE).

16.30 HRS.  10 PROVOST PERSONNEL LANDED FROM MS BATORY.   GUARD PLACED ON FORCE HQ,   PATROLS DOCKS.

19.35 HRS MESSAGE RECEIVED AA 7 QMG - STREETS TO BE CLEARED BY 20.30HRS - ACTION TAKEN.

23.00HRS PAD SCREENING OF LIGHTS INSPECTION CARRIED OUT WITH CHIEF OF POLICE.

16 APRIL OPERATION ORDER NO 3. RECEIVED - NO ACTION.   INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY NO 5. RECEIVED.   ENEMY ACTION BY AIR.   ONE MP KILLED (7684769 L/CPL J R LAIRD) IN CARRYING OUT HIS DUTY, i e TRYING TO GET SOLDIERS UNDER COVER WHO WOULD PERSIST IN COMING FROM UNDER COVER TO SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

AF/508/1 - DRESS AND SALUTING, FORWARDED TO OC NO 6 L OF C PRO COY FOR ACTION.   AIR RAID WARNING - NO ENEMY ACTION.

17 APRIL  DAILY ROUTINE ORDER - NO ACTION.   ORDERS GIVEN FOR CMP GUARD, FORCE HQ TO GIVE AIR RAID WARNING BY SHARP BLAST ON WHISTLE UNTIL BUILDING IS CLEARED.   COPY ORDERS RECEIVED 24 BRIGADE - DRESS.   ANTI-AIRCRAFT PRECAUTIONS.   COPY TO NO 6 L OF C PRO COY.

11.00HRS FOUR ENGINED JUNKERS PLANE DRIVEN OFF BY ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE FROM HMS AURORA.  REPORTED BY CIVIL POLICE TO HAVE BEEN DISABLED AND  UNABLE TO REACH ITS BASE.

13.40 HRS MESSAGE RECEIVED Q RE MOVE OF IG - INSTRUCTIONS PASSED TO NO. 6 L OF C PRO COY.

19.10HRS MESSAGE RECEIVED Q AMENDING MOVE OF IG.   PASSED TO NO 6 L OF C PRO COY.   RECCE CARRIED OUT FOR OF MOVE FORCE HQ.

18 APRIL 13.30HRS AIR RAID WARNING.   TWO ENEMY AIRCRAFT SIGHTED.  BOMBING ACTIVE - NO DAMAGE.

16.20 HRS  MESSAGE  Q RE  MOVE OF 2 SOUTH WALES BORDERERS.   INFORMATION PASSED TO NO.6 L OF C PRO COY FOR DETAIL.

19 APRIL 10.00HRS.   RECCE CARRIED OUT FOR SUGGESTED MOVE OF FORCE HQ ON ROAD SOUTH HARSTAD - STERVIKA- FINOVIKI - NOT SUITABLE, WOULD NOT ALLOW EFFICIENT CO-OPERATION WITH THE NAVY.   MESSAGE RECEIVED G28 - POSSIBILITY OF ENEMY LANDING BY DESTROYERS - NO.6 L OF C PRO COY WARNED.

19 APRIL ROUTINE ORDER NO. 2 - NO ACTION.   INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY NO. 8.

20 APRIL  09.45HRS.   RECCE CARRIED OUT SOUTH HARSTAD.   POSSIBILITY OF RENTING HOUSING.   CONFIRMATION CHIEF OF POLICE.   ROUTINE ORDER NO.3. RECEIVED,   MESSAGE Q1, Q6. ARRIVAL MT PERSONNEL - NO. 6 L OF C PRO COY INFORMED.   AF/514/Q RECEIVED - FORBIDDING LOCAL PURCHASE - ORDER ISSUED TO NO. 6. L OF C PRO COY.

21 APRIL 10.00HRS ASKED SNO (SENIOR NAVAL OFFICER) TO TAKE OVER 14 GERMAN FISHERMEN FROM TRAWLER PG 399 RHEIN.   NO PRISONER OF WAR INTERNMENT CAMP.   NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES AGREED TO TAKE THEM.   TRANSHIPPED FROM TRAWLER TO FISHING SMACK.   SENT TO SALANGER UNDER ESCORT OF CMP FOR INTERNMENT BY NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES.   IDENTITY DOCS AND PRISONERS INTERROGATED BY 2I2 BRANCH.   ADVANCE WARNING OF 203 FIELD BATTERY, RA SHARE BILLETS, GUNNERS AREA NORTH OF HARSTAD.

22 APRIL  RECEIPT RECEIVED FOR HANDING OVER GERMAN PRISONERS.   CONFERENCE WITH CHIEF OF POLICE - ISSUING OF PASSES, CIVIL POPULATION.

23 APRIL  FORCE HQ MOVED TO NEW LOCATION, STORGARTE.   GUARD CHANGED FROM GRAND HOTEL TO NEW LOCATION.   REPORT RECEIVED CHIEF OF POLICE- SUSPECTED LARCENY BY SOLDIERS.   OC NO.6 L OF C PRO COY INSTRUCTED.

24 APRIL  BASE SUB-AREA ROUTINE ORDERS RECEIVED.   INSTRUCTIONS PASSED TO NO.6 PRO COY OF ACTION TAKEN.

25 APRIL  LIST RECEIVED FROM CHIEF OF POLICE OF ILLEGAL SELLERS OF LIQUOR.   AS NO LIQUOR AVAILABLE AT PRESENT NO ACTION REQUIRED.   FILED FOR REFERENCE..

16.30HRS   PIQUET PLACED ON DOCKS, CLOSING TO CIVILIANS UNLESS IN POSSESSION OF A PASS SIGNED BY HARBOUR MASTER.   PIQUETS COMPOSED OF 1 CIVIL POLICEMAN, 1 FIELD SECURITY POLICEMAN, 1 MILITARY POLICEMAN.   WORKING VERY WELL.   NO FRICTION CIVIL

POPULATION.   PAD SCHEME PUT INTO OPERATION AT NEW LOCATION FORCE HQ.

26 APRIL RECONNAISSANCE CARRIED OUT ROAD HARSTADT SOUTH - LILLEENGEN FERRY

27 APRIL  ARRANGEMENTS MADE CIVIL POLICE FOR FERRY BOAT AT LILLEENGEN NOT TO BE LEFT AT FERRY LONGER THAN IS ESSENTIAL DURING THE DAY IN CASE OF ENEMY ACTION FROM THE AIR.   NOTIFICATION WARNING WILL BE GIVEN WHEN IT IS REQUIRED AND TIME OF ARRIVAL OF TRANSPORT.   LIAISON CARRIED OUT NORWEGIAN LIAISON OFFICER RE DISPOSAL OF PRISONERS OF WAR CAPTURED BY BRITISH TROOPS.   SUGGESTED MOVEMENT TABLE SUBMITTED Q (M) FOR ANY MOVE LILLEENGEN - SKAANLAND ROAD.

28 APRIL  ORDERS ISSUED TO NO.6. L OF C PRO COY FOR MOVE OF 4 GUN TRACTORS, PREDICTORS AND PERSONNEL.   LIAISON CARRIED OUT CIVIL POLICE FOR ROAD LILLEENGEN - SKAANLAND TO BE CLOSED WHILST WD TRANSPORT IS BEING MOVED ALONG IT.   HOURS AGREED UPON BEING 21.00HRS TO 06.00HRS.    REPORTS RECEIVED DADST OF PILFERING ON STORE SHIPS.   PICQUETS PLACED ON GANGWAY AND PATROL OVER SHIPS AT IRREGULAR TIMES DURING WORKING HOURS.

29 APRIL  OPINION ASKED FOR BY AA & QMG AS TO WHAT SPEED SHOULD BE LAID DOWN FOR MECHANICAL TRANSPORT IN TOWNS AND VILLAGES AND ALSO FOR ROADS IN AREA.   GAVE OPINION FOUND FROM RECONNAISSANCE CARRIED OUT THAT 15 MPH IN TOWNS AND VILLAGES AND 20 MPH ON OPEN ROADS WAS THE MAXIMUM SPEED ROADS WOULD CARRY.   PUBLISHED IN DAILY ROUTINE ORDERS OF THE SAME DATE, NO. 59.

23.00HRS NO.3. LT AA BATTERY TRANSPORT PASSED STARTING POINT.   MP FORWARD CLOSING ROAD AND OPENING FERRY TO SKAANLAND.

23.30HRS  MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM SOUTH WALES BORDERERS - 8 WOUNDED GERMAN PRISONERS TO BE COLLECTED FROM BALLANGER TOGETHER WITH 6 SEAMAN SURVIVORS, 1 WOMAN AND 3 CHILDREN (BRITISH SUBJECTS).

30 APRIL  GUARD REQUIRED CIPHER OFFICE.   INSTRUCTIONS TO NO. 6. L OF C PRO COY.   ARRANGEMENTS MADE WITH Q (M) FOR PUFFER TO COLLECT PRISONERS.   ARRANGEMENTS MADE NAVAL OFFICER I/C BASE FOR NAVAL AUTHORITIES TO TAKE OVER 6 SEAMAN SURVIVORS.   BRITISH VICE-CONSUL AGREED TO TAKE CHARGE OF WOMAN AND THREE CHILDREN

PRIOR TO RETURN TO BRITISH ISLES.   ARRANGEMENTS MADE WITH ROAD ENGINEER FOR FERRY AT LILLEENGEN TO REMAIN AT THE  PIER DAY AND NIGHT.   USUAL CHARGE FOR FERRY, 10KR - PASSED TO Q FOR HIM TO MAKE CONTACT.

14.00HRS   ESCORT SENT BY PUFFER TO BALLANGEN TO COLLECT PRISONERS.   REPORT RECEIVED THAT THE MOVE OF NO.3. LT AA BATTERY FROM HARSTAD TO SKAANLAND CARRIED OUT.   TRAFFIC CONTROL WORKED PERFECTLY.

1 MAY  ISSUED INSTRUCTIONS TO NO.6. L OF C PRO COY RE “ORDERS FOR GUARDS OVER PRISONERS OF WAR” GAVE INSTRUCTIONS TO NO.6. L OF C PRO COY REGARDING THE PARKING OF CARS NEAR FORCE HQ.   INSTRUCTED BY AA & QMG TO ASSIST TOWN MAJOR, BASE SUB-AREA IN BILLETING.

2 MAY  18 GERMAN PRISONERS OF 139 GEB JAGER REGT TAKEN OVER FROM FRENCH.   LODGED IN CIVIL JAIL UNTIL SUCH TIME AS OTHER ACCOMMODATION COULD BE FOUND.   REQUEST RECEIVED FROM WO’S, S/SGT’S AND SGT’S OF FORCE HQ FOR AN EXTENSION OF THE CURFEW TO 23.00HRS.   IT WAS FELT THAT IF THIS WAS GRANTED IT SHOULD BE FOR ALL WO’S, S/SGT’S AND SGT’S IN AREA.   ASKED COMMANDANT, BASE SUB-AREA IF HE WOULD AGREE TO THIS AND IF SO TO PUBLISH IT IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF BASE SUB-AREA ROUTINE ORDERS.   BASE SUB-AREA ROUTINE ORDER NO. 10. DATED 3/5/1940:- CURFEW EXTENDED FOR ALL WO’S,S/SGT’S AND SGT’S IN AREA UNTIL 23.00HRS.   LETTER TO FORCE HQ DRAWING ATTENTION TO THE DIFFICULTIES UNDER WHICH THE PROVOST PERSONNEL ARE WORKING AND SUGGESTING THAT AT LEAST 2 FULL SECTIONS OF FULLY TRAINED MILITARY POLICE SHOULD BE ASKED FOR TO BRING THE STRENGTH OF NO.6. L OF C PRO COY UP FROM 3 SECTIONS TO 5 SECTIONS

LETTER TO FORCE HQ - DISPOSAL OF PRISONERS OF WAR.   COMPOUND TO BE CONSTRUCTED IF A SUITABLE PIECE OF GROUND CAN BE FOUND.   IN THE MEANTIME TEMPORARY PREMISES WILL BE FOUND BY THE NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES.   GUARD TO BE PROVIDED BY US UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE COMPOUND IS COMPLETED.

3 MAY  18 GERMAN PRISONERS MOVED FROM CIVIL JAIL TO NORWEGIAN BARRACKS.

LETTER TO BASE SUB-AREA ASKING FOR INDENTS TO BE RENDERED TO

BASE ORDNANCE DEPOT FOR BLANKETS AND PALLIASSES FOR 18 PRISONERS OF WAR.

RECONNAISSANCE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN HARSTAD AND BREIVIK FOR BILLETING.   BILLETS FOUND TO HOLD OVER 300 MEN IN :- SELJESTAD, STORVIKA, KANNEBORGE, FINNVIK, MADKILLA, AND BREIVIK.  

CHIEF OF POLICE ASKED IF NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES COULD TAKE 19 GERMAN PRISONERS AND PUT THEM TO WORK ON AERODROM SITE AT BARDU.

4 MAY  RECEIVED A REPLY FROM COMMANDANT, BASE SUB-AREA TO OUR LETTER OF THE PREVIOUS DAY TO THE EFFECT THAT NO. 6 L OF C PRO COY WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE RE INDENTS FOR RATIONS, ETC FOR GERMAN PRISONERS.

5 MAY 09.30HRS NO.6. L OF C PRO COY INSTRUCTED TO SEND ESCORT WITH 19 GERMAN PRISONERS ON PUFFER TO SALANGEN AND HAND OVER TO THE NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES.

MESSAGE A 33 RECEIVED, CONFIRMING VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS RE TROOPS VACATING UPPER FLOOR OF FOLKSKOLE SCHOOL AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE MOMENT.

18.00HRS  GAVE INSTRUCTIONS TO NO.6. L OF C PRO COY TO PLACE GUARD ON THE DOCKS AT THE POST OFFICE AS MAIL ARRIVING.

LETTER TO FORCE HQ GIVING A LIST OF LOCATIONS OF BILLETS FOUND FOR PERSONNEL ARRIVING IN THE EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA.

6 MAY 00.05HRS DETAILS EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA STARTED DISEMBARKATION.   HOT DRINKS PROVIDED.   UNITS GUIDED TO VARIOUS AREAS.   2,000 TROOPS PROVIDED WITH HOT TEA AND CLEARED FROM DOCKS BY 04.00HRS.   ALL TROOPS IN BILLETS BY 07.00HRS AND UNDER COVER FROM AERIAL OBSERVATION.

06.00HRS RECONNAISSANCE CARRIED OUT GANSAAS AREA FOR THE PURPOSE OF MOVING 1 BATTERY, 55 LT AA BTY. FROM MERCUR FACTORY OWING TO THE PROXIMITY OF AMMUNITION STORES.   ALL MOVED BY 15.00HRS.

16.00HRS  CHIEF OF POLICE APPROACHED FOR INFORMATION AS TO HOW MANY PRISONERS OF WAR COULD BE ACCOMMODATED BY HIM.   INFORMATION PROMISED FOR 7TH.

PERMISSION OBTAINED FOR INTERPRETERS ATTACHED TO FORCE HQ, SUBJECT TO MILITARY LAW, TO OBTAIN CIGARETTES FROM FFI.

C.E. (CHIEF ENGINEER)  ASKED FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROGRESS OF CONSTRUCTION OF PRISONER OF WAR COMPOUND AT HARSTAD.

7 MAY  CONCEALMENT OF VEHICLE FORCE HQ VERY DIFFICULT OWING TO FRENCH AND NORWEGIAN DRIVERS NOT UNDERSTANDING LANGUAGE.   BOARD OBTAINED FROM R.E. IN ENGLISH, FRENCH AND NORWEGIAN “NO PARKING”.

8 MAY  COMPLAINT ASSISTANT HARBOUR MASTER THAT HE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO LAND AT HIS OWN JETTY BY THE R.A.O.C AMMUNITION GUARD, ALSO INTERFERING WITH SHIPPING PILOTS WHO USE THIS JETTY, NOT BEING ALLOWED TO LAND.   BASE SUB-AREA ASKED TO NOTIFY GUARD.

RECEIVED MESSAGE QM 28 - 26 MOTOR TRANSPORT DRIVERS TO REPORT AT 14.00HRS AT THE BRISTOL CAFE, HARSTAD, 8/5/1940 AND PROCEED TO SKAANLAND VIA LILLEENGEN FERRY.

RECEIVED MESSAGE Q 84 - A A RECONNAISSANCE PARTY LEAVES HARSTAD 07.00HRS. 9 MAY, ARRIVING LILAND 10.00HRS. APPROX.

RECEIVED LETTER FROM FORCE HQ RE INLAND WATER TRANSPORT - DAILY SERVICE FROM HARSTAD TO BOGEN.

9 MAY RECEIVED MESSAGE FROM FORCE HQ RE THE ISSUING OF 4 MC’S TO NO.6 L OF C PRO COY FROM D.A.D.O.S.   NO.6 L OF C PRO CY INFORMED AND REQUESTED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH D.A.D.O.S TO DRAW SAME.

ASKED “Q” FORCE HQ TO ARRANGE FOR 4 OFFICERS WHO HAD FOUGHT IN FINLAND AND WHO HAD BEEN SENT TO FORCE HQ BY COMMANDER, 6 NORWEGIAN DIVISION, TO BE RETURNED TO ENGLAND IMMEDIATELY.

GAVE INSTRUCTIONS TO E.F.I. (EXPEDITIONARY FORCE INSTITUTE) THAT THE INTERPRETERS EMPLOYED BY FORCE HQ HAD PERMISSION TO PURCHASE WINES AND TOBACCO FROM THE E.F.I., BUT THAT IF THIS PRIVILEGE WAS IN ANY WAY ABUSED TO REPORT THIS IMMEDIATELY TO US SO THAT THE NECESSARY ACTION COULD BE TAKEN.

ROAD REPORT RECEIVED FROM NO.6. L OF C PRO COY OF RECONNAISSANCE CARRIED OUT ON HARSTAD TO LILLEENGEN ROAD.

10 MAY  RECEIVED MESSAGE QM 20 RE MOVE OF 55 LT. A.A REGT.   ONE TROOP FROM SKAANLAND, TWO TROOPS TO LILAND, ALSO MOVE OF 3 LT A.A. BTY TO SKAANLAND.   NO.6. L OF C PRO COY INFORMED.

MESSAGE RECEIVED.   LILLEENGEN FERRY TEMPORARILY CLOSED.   ROAD

MOVES SUSPENDED.   NO.6. L OF C PRO COY INFORMED.

MESSAGE QM 22 . LILLEENGEN FERY OPEN AT 20.00HRS.   PARTIES CAN NOW PROCEED.   NO.6. L OF C PRO COY INFORMED.

11 MAY  ONE SUB-SECTION OF CMP SENT TO LILAND AND ONE SUB-SECTION TO SKAANLAND TO DEAL WITH DAMAGE DONE TO CIVIL PROPERTY AND FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL.

GAVE INSTRUCTIONS TO NO. 6. L OF C PRO CY TO INCLUDE THE BASE SUPPLY DEPOT, SARGINE AND CANNING FACTORY IN THEIR TOUR OF BOTH DAY AND NIGHT DUTIES.

12 MAY MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM FORCE HQ - TRACK FROM STORGATEN TO A MESS TO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AT PRESENT.   NO.6. L OF C PRO COY WERE INFORMED AND THIS WAS CARRIED OUT.

SENT LETTER TO FORCE HQ RE THE TAKING OVER OF LILLEENGEN FERRY.   NO ACTION HAD YET BEEN TAKEN BY D.S.T.O. TO LETTER SENT BY FORCE HQ ON THE 10TH, BUT THE D.S.T.O. HAVE PROMISED TO TAKE THE MATTER UP WITH COMMANDER HOPKINS IMMEDIATELY.

13 MAY  OWING TO THE SHORTAGE OF CMP PERSONNEL THE GUARD ON THE DOCKS WAS WITHDRAWN FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL   FIELD SECURITY POLICE INFORMED, ALSO FORCE HQ.

RECEIVED INSTRUCTIONS THAT THE POLISH BDE. LESS THE 2ND BN. COME UNDER FORCE HQ FOR ALL PURPOSES WITH EFFECT FROM MAY 12TH..

14 MAY 09.50HRS NO.6. L OF C PRO COY INSTRUCTED TO ORDER THE VEHICLES WHICH HAD PARKES ON THE SMALL CEMETERY NEAR SELJESTAD TO MOVE OFF AND TO REPORT UNIT CONCERNED.

10.10HRS  MESSAGE SENT TO COL. FINNE, NORWEGIAN LIAISON OFFICER, TO THE EFFECT THAT THE STEAMER CALAMUT WAS LEAVING HARSTAD FOR SJOVEIEN EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON AND THAT THE NORWEGIAN GUARD AND THE GERMAN PRISONERS SHOULD BE AT THE DOCKS AT 12.30HRS. 14/5/1940 TO REPORT TO ESO.

14 MAY 10.15HRS NO.6. L OF C PRO COY INSTRUCTED TO HAND OVER THE 9 GERMAN PRISONERS TO THE NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES.

19.40HRS. RECEIPT RECEIVED FOR THE HANDING OVER OF THE 9 GERMAN PRISONERS TO THE NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES.

15 MAY  MESSAGE  Q 138 RECEIVED.   THE M/C’S WHICH HAD BEEN ISSUED TO NO.6 L OF C PRO CY TO BE HANDED TO THE 55TH LT A. A. BTY, FORTHWITH AND ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE TO REPLACE THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

CARRIED OUT BILLETING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SURVIVORS OFF S.S. CHROBRY.

C.C.S HARSTAD ASKED FOR INSTRUCTIONS RE 3 GERMAN PRISONERS.

LIST OF NAMES OF 19 GERMAN PRISONERS SENT TO BASE SUB-AREA ALONG WITH RECEIPTS FOR THE HANDING OVER OF PRISONERS OF WAR TO THE NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES.

16 MAY  COMPLAINT RECEIVED THROUGH THE CHIEF OF POLICE, HARSTAD, FROM A CIVILIAN, THAT BRITISH SOLDIERS HAD ENTERED HIS APARTMENT WITHOUT GIVING NOTICE AND THAT HE WAS UNABLE TO TAKE HIS FURNITURE AWAY AS HE WAS SERVING IN THE NORWEGIAN ARMY.   NO.6 L OF C PRO COY WERE INFORMED AND ASKED TO INVESTIGATE THE TRUTH OF THIS STATEMENT, IF FOUND TO BE TRUE, TO SEE WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE.

NO.6. L OF C PRO COY INSTRUCTED THAT THREE GERMAN PRISONERS. OFFICERS AND DOCTORS, WOULD BE ARRIVING ON THE HARSTAD BELLE AT 21.30 HRS APPROX.   BASE SUB-AREA WARNED AS TO ACCOMMODATION.

MESSAGE SENT TO FORCE HQ REFERENCE Q 138 DATED 15/5/1940, ONLY THREE M/C’S HAD BEEN RECEIVED BY THE NO.6. L OF C PRO COY.

RECONNAISSANCE CARRIED OUT OF THE KANNEBOGEN - MEKILE - BREIVIK - OLDRA AREA.

ACCOMMODATION WAS FOUND FOR 1,035 MEN AND 16 OFFICERS.

BASE SUB-AREA SUPPLIED WITH A LIST SHOWING BUILDINGS, NAMES OF OWNERS, AND THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS AND OR’S WHO COULD BE ACCOMMODATED THEREIN.

NO.6. L OF C PRO CY INSTRUCTED TO PLACE 2 SECTION OF CMP UNDER THE COMMAND OF BASE SUB-AREA.

REPORT RECEIVED FROM NO.6. L OF C PRO COY AS TO THE CONDITION OF THE ROAD IN THE VICINITY OF SKAANLAND,  AS IT WAS POINTED OUT THAT REPAIRS WERE EVIDENTLY NEEDED URGENTLY, THE CHIEF ENGINEER WAS FURNISHED WITH A COPY OF THIS REPORT.   IF THE CHIEF ENGINEER DECIDED TO CARRY OUT ROAD REPAIRS THE PROVOST PERSONNEL WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR THE CONTROLLING OF TRAFFIC.

17 MAY  LETTER SENT TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE ACKNOWLEDGING THE RECEIPT OF VARIOUS LETTERS COMPLAINING OF THE DAMAGE DONE TO CIVIL PROPERTY BY SOLDIERS.   THE CHIEF OF POLICE WAS INFORMED

THAT THIS MATTER HAD BEEN PASSED TO THE BRANCH CONCERNED WHO WERE INVESTIGATING THE MATTER.

18 MAY  500 TROOPS DISEMBARKED S.S. SOBIESKI BILLETED IN KANNEBOGEN - MEKILA - BREIVIK - OLDRA AREA.   THE WHOLE OPERATION WAS COMPLETED IN 4 HOURS AFTER DISEMBARKATION.

19 MAY  CONFERENCE ARRANGED - REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE RE PAYMENT FOR LILLEENGEN - STEINSLAND FERRY.   RATE AGREED, SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING AGREEING, 125 KR A DAY FOR A 24 HOUR SERVICE.

OFFICER I/C INTERPRETERS INFORMED THAT UNTIL FURTHER SUPPLIES WERE RECEIVED AT THE E.F.I., THE INTERPRETERS UNDER HIS COMMAND WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO PURCHASE CIGARETTES OR WINES OWING TO THE FACT THAT THE BASE SUB-AREA COMMANDANT HAD FOUND THAT THIS PRIVILEGE HAD BEEN ABUSED.

NO.6. LO OF C PRO COY INFORMED THAT THE S.S. REDCAR, WHICH WAS EXPECTED TO UNLOAD SHORTLY, CARRIED F.F.I. SUPPLIES OF WINES, SPIRITS, AND CIGARETTES, AND IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE PILFERING SIMILAR TO THAT WHICH HAD TAKEN PLACE WHEN THE S.S. MACGREGOR-LAIRD UNLOADED, A GUARD WOULD BE REQUIRED.

NO.6. L OF C PRO COY ASKED TO ARRANGE FOR TWO OR THREE MOTORCYCLISTS TO PROCEED WITH CONVOY INCLUDING 4 HEAVY A.A. GUNS FROM HARSTAD TO SANDTORV, 04.00HRS 20 MAY.   IF THE START WAS DELAYED NO. 6 A. A. BTY WOULD INFORM THEM DIRECT.

20 MAY  RECEIVED MESSAGE Q 203 - “PETROL CONSUMPTION MUST BE STRICTLY CURTAILED AS THE PRESENT SUPPLIES ARE VITAL.   IT MUST ONLY BE USED FOR :- OPERATIONS, CLEARING DOCKS, CARRYING SUPPLIES, EXCEPT WITH THE AUTHORITY OF FORCE HQ.”

WAS ASKED BY FORCE HQ TO CARRY OUT CHECK OF ALL VEHICLES  WITH REGARD  TO THE USAGE OF PETROL.   THIS WAS DONE AND A REPORT SUBMITTED TO HQ..

HANDED OVER GERMAN PRISONERS TO THE NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES:- 18 FROM FOLKSKOLE HOSPITAL, 8 FROM CIVIL PRISON, 3 OFFICERS FROM THE NORWEGIAN BARRACKS.

21 MAY  RECEIVED LETTER FROM “G” ASKING FOR THE GUARD OF CMP ON DUTY AT FORCE HQ TO BE EXTENDED FROM 23.00HRS TO 08.00HRS. THUS PROVIDING SECURITY AT NIGHT.   NO.6. L OF C PRO COY WERE INSTRUCTED TO PUT THIS INTO OPERATION.

22ND GENERAL HOSPITAL INFORMED US THAT SOME OF THE GERMAN PRISONERS WERE READY TO BE MOVED FROM THE HOSPITAL TO A PLACE OF INTERNMENT.

22 MAY 11.10HRS   RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM HQ, 6 A.A. BRIGADE TO THE EFFECT THAT ARTICLES OF CLOTHING HAD BEEN STOLEN, JAM, SUGAR AND RUM WERE MISSING, OFFICERS CASH BOXES HAD BEEN BROKEN OPEN ON BOARD THE S.S. MARINA.   NO.6. L OF C PRO COY WERE INFORMED AND ASKED TO CARRY OUT AN INVESTIGATION UPON THE ARRIVAL OF THE S.S. MARINA IN HARSTAD.

21.40HRS   REPORT RECEIVED FROM NO.6 L OF C PRO COY RE THE INVESTIGATION CARRIED OUT ON THE S.S. MARINA.   THIS CARGO HAD ORIGINALLY LEFT THE UK ON THE S.S. BALZAC WHICH HAD RUN AGROUND AT STORNOWAY.   HERE IT WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE S.S. MARINA WITH THE HELP OF NAVAL RATINGS, SHORE LABOURERS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL.   ON ARRIVAL AT SORRIESSA THE CARGO WAS UNLOADED BY ROYAL MARINES.   DURING THE VOYAGE ALL THE HATCHES WERE CLOSED AND THEREFORE IT WOULD APPEAR THAT ANY CRIME COMMITTED MAY HAVE BEEN DONE BY THE ROYAL MARINES ALTHOUGH THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE CARGO WAS BREACHED BEFORE LEAVING THE UK, AS IT HAD ALREADY BEEN HANDLED AT STORNOWAY BY NUMEROUS PERSONNEL.

DAILY ROUTINE ORDER NO. 154. DATED 22/5/1940 IS REPEATED:-

“PARKING OF VEHICLES NEAR UNIT HQ”

THE PARKING OF VEHICLES NEAR UNIT HEADQUARTERS IS BECOMING VERY PREVALENT.   TO ENSURE FULL SECURITY ALL VEHICLES MUST BE DISPERSED AT LEAST 400 YARDS AWAY FROM HEADQUARTERS.   ANY PERSON WHO REQUIRES A CAR MUST EITHER WALK OR SEND AN ORDERLY TO CALL IT UP.   D.A.P.M WILL ENSURE THAT THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS ARE STRICTLY ADHERED TO.

INFORMATION OBTAINED CHIEF OF POLICE ON THE ACTION THAT COULD BE TAKEN  AGAINST SEAMEN OF HOSPITAL SHIP SALTEN WHO HAD DESERTED THE SHIP AT HARSTAD.   REPORT TO BE OBTAINED FROM MEDICAL OFFICER I/C HOSPITAL SHI AND SUBMITTED TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE WHO WILL TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION.   MAXIMUM PENALTY - 6 MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

23 MAY  RECEIVED INSTRUCTIONS FROM FORCE HQ TO THE EFFECT THAT NO PRISONERS OF WAR MUST BE KEPT IN HARSTAD EXCEPT THOSE THAT HAVE TO PASS THROUGH FOR ONE NIGHT.

MEDICAL WERE ASKED TO SUBMIT A REPORT ON THE DESERTION OF THE

CREWS FROM THE HOSPITAL SHIPS SALTEN  TRONDENNES.

24 MAY  REPORT RECEIVED ON THE DESERTION OF THE CREWS OF THE SALTEN AND TRONDENNES.   THE CHIEF OF POLICE INFORMED AND ASKED TO INVESTIGATE AND TAKE ACTION AGAINST THESE MEN UNDER CIVIL LAW.

HANDED OVER 16 PRISONERS OF WAR TO THE NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES.

25 MAY  REPORT RECEIVED THAT THE MEN HAD BEEN OBTAINING ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR FROM THE FIRM OF ANEK NILSEN OF HARSTAD.   THE CHIEF OF POLICE WAS INFORMED THAT THIS WAS CONTRARY TO ENGLISH MILITARY LAW AND WAS ASKED TO INFORM ALL FIRMS WHO WERE DEALERS IN LIQUOR THAT ON NO ACCOUNT WAS ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR TO BE SOLD OR GIVEN TO INDIVIDUAL SOLDIERS.   IF THERE WAS ANY FURTHER OCCURRENCE OF THIS NATURE, DISCIPLINARY ACTION WOULD HAVE TO BE TAKEN.

26 MAY  RECEIVED MESSAGE THAT OUR FIGHTERS HAVE SHOT DOWN 2 GERMAN JUNKER BOMBERS IN FLAMES.

REPORT RECEIVED FROM THE CHIEF OF POLICE RE ALLEGED THEFTS BY ENGLISH SOLDIERS AND MARINERS.   NO.6. L OF  C PRO CY WERE ASKED TO INVESTIGATE THESE CASES AND RENDER A REPORT TO THESE HEADQUARTERS.

27 MAY  HANDED OVER 16 GERMAN PRISONERS TO THE NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES.

28 MAY  BASE SUB-AREA WERE INFORMED THAT D.A.D.H. HAD FOUND IT NECESSARY TO CONDEMN THE MERCUR WHARF FOR BILLETING AS THE HYGIENIC CONDITIONS WERE NOT UP TO THE REQUIRED STANDARD.

29 MAY  RECEIVED THE NEWS THAT NARVIK HAD BEEN CAPTURED BY THE ALLIES AT 22.00HRS 28 MAY 1940.

30 MAY  THE FOLLOWING WAS INSERTED IN DAILY ROUTINE ORDERS:-

PRISONERS OF WAR - DOCUMENTS

“MANY PRISONERS HAVE BEEN EVACUATED FROM FORWARD AREAS WITHOUT BEING DEPRIVED OF NOTEBOOKS, DOCUMENTS, ETC.   IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THAT ALL PAPERS SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THEM AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, OTHERWISE THEY ARE GIVEN A CHANCE TO DESTROY VALUABLE INFORMATION.   (SEE F.S.P.B PAMPHLET NO. 3 SEC. 14)”.

31 MAY  THE F.S.P. WERE ASKED TO INSTRUCT ALL PICQUETS ON ROADS ENTERING HARSTAD NOT TO ALLOW ANY OF THE CREWS OF THE HOSPITAL SHIPS SALTEN AND TRONDENNES TO LEAVE HARSTAD WITHOUT WRITTEN AUTHORITY OF MR. GALSHIDT.

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DIARY ALSO HAS THE FOLLOWING APPENDIX:

DUTIES BEING PERFORMED BY PERSONNEL CMP AS AT 16.00HRS 30/4/194O.

DISCIPLINE REPORT.

ROAD RECCE REPORT 27/4/1940.

MOVEMENT CONTROL 28/4/1940

WEEKLY RETURN OF EVENTS 1/5/1940.

THREE REPORT OF MOVE OF NO. 3. LT A.A. BATTERY. 1/5/1940.

WEEKLY RETURN OF EVENTS 8/5/1940

ROAD RECCE HARSTAD TO LILLEENGEN, 9/5/1940.

DUTIES PROVOST PERSONNEL 2/5/1940.

WEEKLY RETURN OF EVENTS 19/5/1940.

WEEKLY RETURN OF EVENT 1/6/1940.

ROAD MOVEMENT CONTROL HARSTAD TO LILLEENGEN FERRY.

DIARY ALSO CONTAINS:

PROVOST REPORT ON BASE SUB AREA. NORWAY.

BY

CAPTAIN T C IRIVINE M.C.

D.A.P.M., BASE SUB AREA

INDEX SHOWN BELOW:

ROAD NO.1 (HARSTAD - BREVIK - FAUSKIVAAG - LILLEENGEN.)

FERRY. (LILLEENGEN - STEINSLAND.).

JETTIES EN ROUTE.

ROAD NO. 2. (STEINSLAND - SKAANLAND.).

ROAD NO. 3. (SKAANLAND - BOLTASSSEN - EVENES.0.

ROAD NO. 4. (HARSTAD - KJELHUS -SOLLIA - SKATTAN - BORKENNES).

ROAD NO. 5. (HARSTAD - EVIK - SKJERSTAD - BORKENNES.).

ROAD NO. 6. (BORKENNES - STARSTRAUMEN - STARJORDEN TO DEAD END.).

GENERAL NOTES ON ROADS.

DISTRIBUTION AND DUTIES OF NO. 6 H.Q. PROVOST COMPANY, L OF C.

ESPIONAGE.

DISCIPLINE, SALUTING AND COMPLIMENTS TO OFFICERS

DRESS. LOOTING, BROACHING OF CARGO, APPROPRIATION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY, ETC.

SPEEDING.

C.M.P. ACTION IN AIR RAIDS.

POLICE PROTECTION



THIS PICTURE IS SHOWN OPPOSITE PAGE 32 IN MAJ S F CROZIERS HISTORY OF THE CORPS OF ROYAL MILITARY POLICE.  THE CAPTION READS A MILITARY POLICEMAN WITH FRENCH SOLDIERS AND A HOTCHKISS TANK FRANCE, 1940.   IT IS IN FACT TAKEN IN NORWAY.