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Mapcoördinates in War diaries


von Smallhausen

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Hello,

I have been studying a recently found War Diary and translated the mapcoördinates into places. Quite exiting ... it all happened almost in my garden, here in Flanders.

However, several places of Headquarters are situated in the fields while there are buildings in the surroundings. My question is: Is it possible, is it normal some units (in this case a Siege Bty of RGA) have a HQ in tents while not destroyed buildings in close distance are available. It all happened at the end of october 1918, and the weather wasn't very kind.

with kind regards and thanks,

Jef

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Jef

It is very likely that BHQ's were in dugouts,  apart from the very early part of the war.The problem with existing buildings is that they were readily identifiable to enemy artillery as many units found out.<br /><br /><br />TR

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<br />Jef<br /><br /><br />It is very likely that BHQ's were in dugouts,  apart from the very early part of the war.The problem with existing buildings is that they were readily identifiable to enemy artillery as many units found out.<br /><br /><br />TR<br />
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Yes, Terry, this makes sense but we speak about october 1918. And there was no dugout at all, too wet and next to a brook. The frontline was moving fast and about 4 miles ahead. This part of the country was'n destoyed like the ypres salient, the village was about 400 yards north. But you might be right.

thank you for the advice,

Jef

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Hello Jef

It's possible that the person writing the diary just got the coordinates wrong! He may have switched the final figures between north and east. Does that work at all?

Ron

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<br />Hello Jef<br /><br />It's possible that the person writing the diary just got the coordinates wrong! He may have switched the final figures between north and east. Does that work at all?<br /><br />Ron<br />
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Thank you Ron for answering. No, the previous places were also "in the fields" in one case along the boards of the river Lys . Later on they moved into a "pub"... it seems they used their brains at last....

Like Terry says, it might be a precaution.

Kind regards,

Jef

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