Aug. 12, 15, 16, 17 & 18, 1943
Aug. 12: last night we had a very heavy air raid. An ammunition dump blew up and burned for hours. It was very pretty but a little close. Today I went to Scordia and met a Captain who was an inspector for Scotland Yard. He showed me through the Typhoid Hospital he had opened. A most remarkable chap. Later on we went to a tank bridge laying and Scorpion Tank mine exploding demonstration. Two days of my punishment over. Still behaving.
Aug. 15: Went on a Unit sight seeing tour. Two jeep loads and two truck loads. Went from billets north of Scordia to Palagonai, then to Caltagirone, north to Piazza Armerina, then north to Enna, which sits as a citadel on top of a very high rocky hill, then east to Leonforte, then east to Agira – a city built on a dome like hill then to Regalbuto a few miles west of Mt. Etna – then straight south to Palagonia and back to billets. Really a terribly rugged, barren country, with hair pin bends as roads.
Aug. 16: Started running a hospital and taking Brigade sick parades on admitting. Am terribly busy – Malaria and Dysentery to an alarming figure.
Aug. 17-18: Working terribly hard, Malaria and Dysentery almost swamping us – but believe we can handle it.