My Grandfather was in the 1st Brigade 3rd Battery NZFA. The below division order that was in the War Diary at the archives was the mission that my Grandfather was acting under when he was badly injured, having his leg amputated the same day (20th Feb 1918). From what I've been told and also what I've managed to work out is that they were fighting near Broodensinde. I was greatly encouraged to see all these map references which relate to where they were firing. The War diary had their location for the 20th Feb at I6C (as far as I can tell from the old style writing). I have looked in our archives for trench maps and online but I find it hard to know what to look for. There seem to be so few 1/10,000 scale maps and I've had no luck finding anything. Can anyone here help out? I'd love to know exactly where he was fighting at the time.
Many thanks, Brent
S E R E C T
LEFT DIVISIONAL ARTILLERY
ORDER No. 68
17th February, 1918
Reference – D2, 1/10,000
"C" Corps Target Map
- A raid will be carried out by the 1st Batallion, Otago Regiment (2nd N.Z. infantry Brigade) at a date and zero hour to be notified later.
- The objective is a line from J.17.a.50.55. to J.17.a.75.75., which includes a derelict tank and a Pill-Box, both occupied by the enemy.
- The objectives of the raid are : -
( to impair the enemy's morale.
- Wire will be cut by 2nd Brigade, N.Z.F.A., as required by G.O.C., 2nd N.Z. Infantry Brigade, by intermittent fire spread over several days prior to the attack.
- Artillery support will be given by 1st. and 2nd. Brigades N.Z.F.A., and three 6-inch Newton Trench Mortars.
- The action of the New Zealand Artillery is shown on the attached tracing "A" and will be as follows : -
(a) By 2nd. Brigade, N.Z.F.A. – A barrage to protect the left flank of the raid, as under : -
one 18 – pounder battery – J.11.d.20.00. – J.11.d.60.40.
one 18 – pounder battery – J.11.d.20.00. – J.17.b.20.00.
one 18 – pounder battery – J.11.d.60.40. – J.17.d.95.50
(2 howitzers – J.17.b.80.90.
4.5 howitzers – (2 howitzers – J.17.c.75.45.
(2 howitzers – J.12.d.15.55
( By 1st Brigade, N.Z.F.A. –
i. One 18 – Pounder battery to assist 2nd. Brigade, N.Z.F.A., will fire on line J.11.d.20.00 to J.11.d.60.40
ii. Destructive fire to inflict loss and distract the enemy's attention from the point to be raided : -
One 18 – Pounder – occupied area, J.12.a.32.20 – J.12.a.52.48
One 18 – Pounder battery – Trench J.12.c.75.76. – J.12.d.02.72
4.5 howitzers – (4 howitzers – Trench J.12.c.76.76 – J.12.a.97.25
(2 howitzers – Dug Outs at side of road, J.12.c.85.98 – J.12.d.02.72
© 6-inch Newton Trench Mortars –
1 Mortar – Pill-Box, J.11.d.38.06
2 Mortars – Occupied area, J.12.a.40.30
(d) Fire will be continuous on above targets from zero to zero plus 15 minutes.
(e) Rate of fire for 18-pounders and 4.5-inch howitzers will be Rate 4.
(f) Rate of fire for 6-inch Newtown Trench Mortar will be 4 rounds per mortar per minute.
(g) Ammunition will be expended in the proportion of 50% A and 50% AX.
4.5-inch howitzers will fire 50% No.106 fuses.
- An officer from the Divisional Artillery Headquarters will call at headquarters of artillery brigades taking part, at a time to be notified later, for the purpose of synchronizing watches. D.T.M.C. and Right Divisional Artillery will synchronize by telephone.
- Registration will be carried out as unostentatiously as possible, and will be completed the 19th instant.
- Ammunition expended will be additional to ordinary allotment.
Signed Major for Brigade-Major, N.Z.D.A
Issued at 5 p.m.
Normal Distribution. (1copy only to 3rd Brigade N.Z.F.A.) (Tracing "A" to 1st and 2nd Brigades N.Z.F.A. , and D.T M.O. only).