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VIII. Corps 22/9/1917. Which Army?

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Which Army was the VIII. Corps part of, on 22/9/917. The 161st Siege Battery R.G.A. of 51st Heavy Artillery Group were "Transferred in situ [Little Kemmel (N.20.d.2.5.)] to VIII. Corps." [51 HAG diary]

 

"The X. Corps was to take over the six hundred yards south of Polygon Wood, making the Black Watch Corner-Reutel track the boundary. A corresponding northward shift was to be made by the IX. Corps, and the VIII. Corps was to extend to cover the frontage vacated by the IX. Corps."  [Official History 1917 Vol II, page 281]

 

"The artillery of the VIII. Corps and IX. Corps, on the southern flank, simulated the preparation for an attack on Zandvoorde, and also demonstrated against Warneton (4 miles south-south-west of Zandvoorde)." [Official History 1917 Vol II, page 282]

 

I think they were supporting the Second Army, or possibly First. Am bit confused (again)

 

Mike

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Terry_Reeves

Mike

 

In 1917 VIII Corps was with Second Army until mid-June, then in the back area  in Belgium until mid-November, and then in Second Army (designated Fourth Army on 20.12.17)

 

Source: Order of Battle of Divisions part 4 , Major AF Becke.

 

TR

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RussT

OoB for Sept 1917 has this, so 2nd Army.

 

 

Corps Index Sept 1917.JPG

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Skipman

Excellent as ever. Thank you all very much indeed. :thumbsup:

 

When I win the lottery I will hunt you all down.

 

Mike

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Skipman

Just wondering if a gunner in 161st Siege Battery would even have been aware that he was even in 51 HAG, let alone know that his Heavy Artillery Group had been transferred from IX. Corps to VIII. Corps on the 22nd September, 1917?

 

Mike

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