Archive for February, 2012

Tuesday 28th February 1917

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

[Leap Year adjustment]
Bombardment of the Huns position by our Howitzers.

Monday 27th February 1917

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

[Leap Year adjustment]
At 12.30 a.m. Australians put over a raid, accompanied by a heavy bombardment, at same place as above. Gas was used. At 5.30 a.m. the Huns bombarded the line on our left held by the 2nd Aucklands. A large number of Minnenwerfer shells were sent over. The enemy attempted a raid, but was [...]

Sunday 26th February 1917

Monday, February 27th, 2012

[Leap Year adjustment]
Repairs being effected to trenches. Witnessed (at 8 p.m.) a trial bombardment by the Australians in the vicinity of  HOUPLINES. Enemy retaliated on our line with “whizz-bangs” & “Pine-apples”. Slight damage to saps, but no casualties.

Saturday 25th February 1917

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

[Leap Year adjustment]
Marched to trenches at LE TOUQUET north of  HOUPLINES, relieving the Cheshire Regt. Coy took over nearly 1,000 yds of trench. Coy H.Q. at HALFWAY HOUSE. Found trenches in very bad repair, & falling in. In parts up to the thighs in mud & water. Served out with rubber boots to the hip, & can thus keep [...]

Friday 24th February 1917

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

[Leap Year adjustment]
Still at NIEPPE. Quiet day for us. Heavy bombardment can be heard in direction of YPRES.

Thursday 23rd February 1917

Friday, February 24th, 2012

[Leap Year adjustment]
Marched at 8 a.m. to NIEPPE, billeting there for the night.

Wednesday 22nd February 1917

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

[Leap Year adjustment]
Relieved by Liverpools, & marched to ESTAIRES, where we billeted for the night.

Tuesday 21st February 1917

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

[Leap Year adjustment]
At about 4.30 a.m. 2nd Auckland moved silently through JAY and CITY POSTS to front line. At 5.45 a.m, just as the Divisional Artillery & Vickers Guns opened fire, 18 officers & 500 other ranks of the 2nd Auckland Battn went over the parapet. Fritz was evidently caught napping, his Artillery not retaliating for 7 or 8 minutes. [...]

Monday 20th February 1917

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

[Leap Year adjustment]
Similar work carried out.

Sunday 19th February 1917

Monday, February 20th, 2012

[Leap Year adjustment]
Further fatigue work, laying “matting,” & carrying Stokes and Medium (“Plum Puddings”) Trench Mortar shells to front line, preparatory to raid.