May 21, 1942 – Isle of Wight
Move to our training area on Osborne Beach in East Cowes – this is just outside Osborne Castle, summer home of Queen Victoria. We are bivouacked right beside Queen Victoria’s bathing house – in fact have stolen one of her wooden seats. Today the tanks have been loading and unloading onto invasion barges – large flat bottomed boats, each holding three or four tanks. Below us the infantry is practicing invasion tactics. Tomorrow the wheeled vehicles of the Unit join us, and we will all move again about 1/2 mile up the road. This island is certainly a beauty spot, and we are all enjoying the change very much. The rumour is that we go from here to Scotland, but I don’t know. We are living in the open again, but not under canvas.