July 21 & 23, 1943
July 21: Moved up to Catania Plains, north east of Augusta – the toughest trip we have ever taken. All sorts of wrecked vehicles along the way. Trip took 24 hours straight and were all in when we got here. We are now on the west edge of Catania Plains in reserve. Jim, Bert and I just had a grand bath at a well. It is terribly hot here today. Five miles from the front.
July 23: A & C Squadrons took up a support position, closing the Gap east of Catania. Mike and I with Carrier have opened a R.A.P. In forward position with Tanks. Went on recce this afternoon with Tommy Johnson in Scout Car, in direction of Mt. Etna which towers in the distance like the Rockies. We are on Catania Plains filling the Gap in the encircling movement of the Germans. Do not expect this campaign to last a great many more days.