Posted 12 September 2011 - 08:26 PM
Here is what one of the battalions of 60 Brigade were up to during the Fromelles action:-
WAR DIARY 6 (Service) BATTALION OXFORDSHIRE & BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY
60TH BRIGADE, 20TH (LIGHT) DIVISION
LOCATION - TRENCHES RUE PETTILION
11 am to 1130 am
Registration by Divn. Artillery and Trench Mortars
1130 am to 1 p.m.
Bombardment of German Lines by heavy artillery (9.2 inch Hows: and upwards)
6inch Hows. also registered during this period
1 - 3 p.m
Wire cutting by 18 pounders and Trench Mortar Batteries.
3 – 6 p.m
Bombardment of enemy’s lines by 4.5 inch and 6 inch Howitzers
4 – 6 p.m
Heavy artillery (9.5 inch Hows: and upwards) slow bombardment. Mine exploded.
Above programme was carried out in accordance with Operation Orders. The heavies were particularly accurate, and caused considerable damage to enemy’s trenches, the 60 pounder Trench Mortars were also very deadly.
The Australian infantry on our right advanced on the enemy’s trenches with little or no opposition, though the enemy in the front of us in order to bring fire to bear on them exposed themselves freely.
Our Machine and Lewis Guns and rifles constantly swept the parapet opposite, in order to keep them down, and appeared to be successful.
After explosion of mine the enemy manned his parapet N. of Farm DE LANGRE, and displayed much daring, in his endeavours to bring fire to bear on the assaulting Australians.
Some bombing was heard in the German Line during the night.
Orders received to cover retirement of 31st Austn Infty Regt.
Beyond the bombing and some shelling which went on throughout the night, there was no evidence of a counter-attack
Situation quiet on our front, but shelling of Australian line on right flank.
Very quiet remainder of day and night.
Casualties: - 1 Officer killed, 1 Officer wounded, 4 O.R. killed, 29 wounded.