War Diary - CRE - November 1940
1 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Work in progress by 294 Field Company:-
1. Structures in Alafoss Camp.
2. Battle HQ 1/7 Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.
3. Mine Dugout Force HQ.
4. Reykjavik Landing Ground.
5. Roads GARDAR, Reserve MT Company, VIDEY LSP, ARTUN, No.2 Ammunition Depot.
6. Anti-Tank Mine Instruction Squad.
3 November 1940 – Reykjavik
02:00 hours. Clocks put back 1 hour (to normal Iceland time).
3 November 1940 – Kaldadarnes
08:31 hours. German aircraft, believed HEINKEL III over at 6/7000 feet.
3 November 1940 – Artun
08:38 hours. German aircraft, believed HEINKEL III over at 3400 feet.
3 November 1940 – Reykjavik
08:44 hours. German aircraft, believed HEINKEL III disappears to West.
This aircraft dropped no bombs but machine-gunned one anti-aircraft post – presumed on recce – further developments awaited with interest.
4 November 1940 – Hafnafjordur
6 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Clear sunny weather with frost – 7 degrees Celsius below freezing tonight.
7 November 1940
Passive Air Defence discussion with Captain Loathins, Royal Fusiliers, adviser to Force Troops, at RE HQ, 19 Field Survey Company, 294 Field Company. All considered to have made satisfactory preparations.
8 November 1940
Frost continues – snowfalls tonight.
12 November 1940 – Kaldadarnes
Visit of Commander, Royal Engineers, G 1, Representatives of 70 Infantry Brigade, Officer Commanding Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. Defences reviewed, order for extra wiring given and pill-box sited.
14 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Frost continues – ground almost impossible to work: Signals busy putting cables underground in town.
15 November 1940
Snow stops work – road to AKUREYRI reported blocked in places and from now on civilian mail will be carried through blocks on pack ponies.
16 November 1940
Thaw followed by frost makes roads difficult.
17 November 1940
Reference R.O. 599 (4th October) Intelligence Officer Royal Engineers goes on 3 days local leave.
17 November 1940 – Kaldadarnes
11:53 hours. Detachment Flight 98 Squadron report hearing enemy aircraft in flight to South: also seen by civilians and identity established as German.
18 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Snow and ice conditions persisting – snow falls again at night but turns to rain by following morning.
20 November 1940 – Reykjavik
21 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Snow again falls tonight.
23 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Sleet and snow.
24 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Bright clear day and freezing.
25 November 1940 – Egilstadur
10:00 hours. Hostile aircraft seen and another one elsewhere on East Coast.
26 November 1940 - Reykjavik
Chief Engineer, Commander, Royal Engineers, RAF representatives and others discuss policy for future of Reykjavik Landing Ground.
27 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Work on roads etc continues to be interrupted by ice and snow, but 294 Field Company use their civilian labour and transport for sanding roads for which no provision seems to be made by local authority.
28 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Thaw helped by rain.
29 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Frost succeeds thaw and makes conditions more unpleasant than ever.
Various schemes for winter now in hand, viz P T Officer, Education Schemes, exhortations to study the GALLIPOLI Campaign, Force Sports Committee and ninepence per head for Other Ranks on CHRISTMAS DAY.
So far the horrors of ICELAND have been greatly exaggerated (probably inspired by local home-rulers): boredom is most insidious foe.
30 November 1940 – Reykjavik
Practise Passive Air Defence exercise by local authority in which BRITISH FORCES join.
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