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Battle of Cambrai 20/11/1917


17tankman
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I bought awhile a canvas battle map with the name Ormesby on it and think this refers to Major George Vandeleur Ormsby, RA

Acting Major, June 1917; O. C., D Battery, 62nd Bde, RFA. The map is a barrage map and is dated Detail and Trenches revised to 24/10/1917 so very close to the famous Battle of Cambrai for tanks.

The map has on it assembly line for tanks and also Line for tanks zero hour.

On the map is pen is regiments Queens, West Kent, Buffs and E.Surrey can the experts tell me if those regiments were camped in the area then and also if the D Battery, 62nd Bde RFA was involved in providing the barrage in November.

Thks

17tankman

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With the 12th Division artillery on November 20th 1917 at Cambrai.

The 4 regiments named had battalions in the 12th Division.

And that is all I know about them.

Tony.

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With the 12th Division artillery on November 20th 1917 at Cambrai.

The 4 regiments named had battalions in the 12th Division.

And that is all I know about them.

Tony.

Hi Tankman 17

I'm not sure if it's 24th October or November you're asking about. The war diaries give details of where the battalion was - for October 24th see http://qrrarchive.websds.net/PDF/ES00719171011.pdf and for November 24th see http://qrrarchive.websds.net/PDF/ES00719171106.pdf. You can find all the diaries for the two Surrey regiments at http://www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk/war_d...aries_home.html

The battalion took part in the battle of Cambrai, advancing from Gonnelieu through La Vacquerie on the 20th November. They were driven back on the 30th by the German counter-attack.

Hope this helps.

Phil

PS Could you post a picture of the map? - it sounds very interesting

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Hi 17 tankman

Thanks for the pix. I should have said that 'the battalion' was the 7th East Surreys - I edited the post after I'd written it and that bit got left out.

Best wishes

Phil

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