1 Commando, Report on the Maungdaw Hill Patrol 20th Nov'44
Patrol: 20 Nov 44.
Type: Recce and observation.
Strength: 1 NCO 6 ORs.
Object: To recce areas 394353 - 394343 to ascertain whether there were any enemy
or recent traces of them in the vicinity.
Route Out: Proceeded along chaung 405352 to 403360
thence in a Northerly direction chaung 403352 - westwards down stream
to pt 400354 proceeded along chaung to 399354 then climbed hill 398354.
Route In: Headed to pt approx 398347 - crosses hills to 392351 -
back across country to hill NORTH of camp.
Time Out: 0800 hrs.
Time In: 1730 hrs.
Details: We found three distinct footprints at 400354, with separate toe on boot which appeared to be of recent origin. We followed them up the south side of the bank but lost trace of the track. Although we searched around we were unable to find any trace of anyone so we climbed hill 398354 where we found that the hills southward of our objective (a very prominent white tree) were in three ridges. We followed the centre ridge keeping watch on the valleys on both sides.
At paddy field 392351 we kept this and a small chaung under observation from 1100 hrs. At 1146 we heard a shot fired which appeared to come from the paddy field area. We however saw no sign of life.
Some prints of bare feet found in paddy field.
During the entire journey we didn't find any traces of either JAPS or our own posn either on the hills or in the valleys, although we found places where apparently someone had slept, but they did not appear to have been used recently.
21 Nov 44