shutt Posted 25 October , 2013 Share Posted 25 October , 2013 I posted this question some time ago, but thought it worth another try in case any of the artillery experts missed it or one of the newer forum members might be able to help. During the Cambrai operations on November 30th 1917, the 179th Brigade Battery positions were overun in the German counter attack. Only one, the 463rd, was able to withdraw with its guns, all the others having to be abandoned. Sotonmate, kindly tried to look up the war diaries for December through to May 1918 for me while at Kew, only to find they are missing. Thanks to another member I know that the Brigade was attached to four different Divisions in December, then from mid January to mid February 1918 were resting and re-fitting. I am curious as to where they were and what they were doing in December, as presumably they would not receive new guns for some time and had taken heavy casualties too. I`m still trying to piece together my Gt Uncle`s service record, he was a gunner with the 383rd Battery and was with the 179th when they arrived in France to sometime I believe, in early 1918. He joined the 180th Brigade in late March-early April 1918 and was killed on 1st May. From his letters, he was sorry to have left the 179th. Just wondered why he would have been transferred as I would have thought having taken a beating, the 179th would need to hang on to experienced men. I would really appreciate any help with this. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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