PPA War Diary


PPA War Diary, December 1943
PPA War Diary, December 1943. (See Image Credits)

This is only the first month of PPA's operational life, consisting of little more than getting from Cairo to Kufra, settling in with a bit of training, and then moving North to Zella Oasis, in time for Christmas lunch with the LRDG. In the foPPA Archives we have Popski's menu for that occasion, adorned with many of the main LRDG and PPA signatures.

The rest of the Diary may be loaded up under Phase 2 funding.


 December 1943
Place Date Summary of Events
CAIRO, ASSIOUT, KHARGA, KOUFRA 10 Nº 1 Demolition Sqdr. M.E. war establishment 866/1. 5 officers and 18 other ranks. This Unit was formed w.e.f. 10th December 1942. Officers: Major Peniakoff V. M.C. (General List)._ Captain Yunnie R.P. (Black Watch). Lt. J.M. Caneri (General List) a total of 3 Officers and 12 O.Rs. Equipment. 2 x 3 tonners and 4 Jeeps equiped to S.A.S. standard. i.e. Two Twin Vickers G.O. per Jeep and One Twin Vickers G.O. per 3 tonner. 26.11.42. Unit departed Cairo with Major Peniakoff and Captain Yunnie, Lt Caneri being engaged on an operation for M04._ 10.12.42. Arrived Koufra via Assiout and Kharga. Trouble was experienced with standard type of jeep tyres in soft sand. While at Koufra the Unit came under command of L.R.D.G. for administrative purposes.
KUFRA 11 to 17 was spent in training and organisation in Kufra.
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23 Arrived at Zella after an uneventful trip._
24 Major Peniakoff proceeded to El Agheila with 2 jeeps and 2 x 3 tonners for supplies. Arrived at El Agheila 27._ Left El Agheila on 28 on El Agheila Marada road. 29.12.42 one three tonner destroyed by italian coffin mine on marada zella track._ No casualties.
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