WAR DIARY

 

Unit 558 Field Company Royal Engineers

Month and Year November 1940

 

Place

Date

Summary of Events and Information

Aldeburgh

do

3.11.40

4.11.40

200 Field Company Royal Engineers arrive in Suffolk to relieve 558 Field Company R.E.

558 Field Company R.E. move to staging Camp, Sheppreth.

 

5.11.40

558 Field Company R.E. arrive at Winchcombe, 1430 hours and work on hutting is commenced.

NOTE

 

 

During the period from May to November the Company was in support of 164 Infantry Brigade, and later under its Command.

 

 

The major works sited and executed during this period either directly by the Company or by contracts supervised by Company Officers include :-

 

 

7153 concrete Anti-Tank Blocks

145 Coast Line Pill-Boxes - 20 Inland Pill-Boxes.

 

 

11 Artillery concrete Observation Posts

3 Artillery concrete Observation Posts with steel look-outs.

 

 

10 Machine Gunners Concrete Pill-Boxes - 2 - 2 - 4 inch Naval Gun pits (Concrete)

3 - 6 pounder (Anti-Tank) Gun pits (Royal Engineers Concrete)

6 - 12 pounder (Anti-Tank) Gun pits (R.E. Concrete).

1 - 18 pounder  (Anti-Tank) Gun pits (R.E. Concrete).

4 - 18 pounder (Anti-Tank) Gun pits (R.E. Concrete).     

 

 

MINEFIELDS

Nearly 2700 Anti-Tank Mines Mark IV were laid, armed and mapped, protected and carefully recorded.

4500 mushrooms were laid, armed and mapped, protected and carefully recorded.

300 R.E. No 1 Mines were laid, armed and mapped, protected and carefully recorded.

 

 

UNDERWATER OBSTACLES.  :- 4427 large underwater spikes of 12 inches by 5 inches girder at 15 foot intervals and 1886 smaller spikes were laid.

The Brigade Sector extended from Benacre Ness to Martello Tower, Aldeburgh.

 

558 Field Company Royal Engineers moved from Walberswick in early November.

This war diary was transcribed from the original WO166/3796 held at The National Archives.