It certainly is a bloody good read, if a bit 'rushed' towards the end in respect of Irish Guards Group in NWE. The more entertaining (and poignant) tales are from the varied exploits of the 1st Bn, in Norway, North Africa and Italy. Written by someone who loved his regiment and the men who served in it. I've been pondering this. While Bob's anecdote is also the first time I've heard of any Micks on Camino, it's not improbable if the movement and organisation of reinforcements, not bns, is considered. If a batch were being sent over to the Med region from each of the Training bns in UK, then it might have made more sense not to stop over in NA to drop off a few Micks but to carry on to Italy - where other Gds regts had more pressing needs - and then leave men waiting in RHU for their prospective units to join them in Italy from Tunisia. Camino would have been an adhoc requirement: the conditions demanding the manhandling of supplies etc up the mountain for wet, cold, hungry and exhausted troops, periodically cut off from their units as well as continuously observed by the enemy. If men were needed in this support role, those in a holding unit would come to mind ... Lot of ifs there I know; perhaps too many, but the only scenario I could think of to explain. The guards in general had manpower shortages by the time the Italian campaign was up and running: borrowed companies being a prime illustration e.g. 2CG took S Coy SG and didn't give them back. 1IG, when depleted by Anzio etc, found itself the eventual loser, for reinforcements, to 3IG then in the UK, who still had to borrow X Coy SG for Normandy. 3IG later took on strength 1IG veterans, and X Coy SG then went to 1WG also within the GAD. I heard from one forum member: when finding themselves in need, 2Armd IG took a 1Armd CG tank crew from the GAD pool. Sadly it's not noted in any account or war diary but ... Coldstream men were killed in their battle. As for them taking only 'guardsmen': that sort of went out the window later on too. 201 Gds Bde ended up as a training cadre in UK with each gds regiment 'accepting' some RAF Regiment recruits.