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Any Afrikaans speakers out there?


JustinL

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By shear accident I stumbled across the following passage regarding the SAHA. I can follow a lot of it, but not everything.

Can anyone please help

Die South African Heavy Artillery Corps het op 1 Augustus 1915 by Rondebosch tot stand gekom met lt kol J.M. Rose as bevelvoerder. Die Korps is oorspronklik in twee brigades georganiseer, nl 1st Brigade bestaande uit drie batterye en 2nd Brigade met twee batterye. Die twee brigades se 672 man bestaande uit 34 offisiere en 638 ander range het op 28 Augustus 1915 na Engeland vertrek vir opleiding by Cooden Camp (Bexhill). Ná hul aankoms in Engeland, is beslis dat die Suid-Afrikaanse swaarartillerie-batterye in vestingbatterye omskep moes word. Hulle word gevolglik met 6-duim houwitsers toegerus en aan die Royal Garrison Artillery toegwys.

In Maart 1918 is 71, 72 en 75 Siege Battery in die 44th Brigade Royal Garrison Artillery georganiseer terwyl 73, 74 Siege Battery en later ook 125 Siege Battery by die 50th Brigade (RGA) gevoeg is. Vroeg in 1918 is drie bykomende batterye op die been gebring, nl 542, 496 en 552 Siege Battery. Eersgenoemde twee is met hul aankoms in Frankryk egter by die bestaande Suid-Afrikaanse batterye ingedeel terwyl laasgenoemde vanweë die vredesluiting nooit aktief aangewend is nie. Die ses Suid-Afrikaanse vestingsbatterye wat aan die Wesfront geveg het, was dus nie tot 1 South African Infantry Brigade toegevoeg nie en het slegs by enkele geleenthede ondersteuningsvuur aan 1 South African Infantry Brigade gelewer.

Hierdie batterye is tussen 1916 en 1918 as geïntegreerde ondersteuningselemente van Britse gevegsformasies en artilleriegroepe soos die Royal Garrison Artillery aangewend. Hulle was dan ook by al die groot veldslae soos onder meer die Somme, Arras, Cambrai , Ypres (Derde Slag) en die Duitse lente-offensief betrokke.

Die besluit in 1917 om die swaar- en beleëringsbatterye in permanente brigades te omskep, het aan die Suid-Afrikaners die geleentheid gegee om oor hul eie brigades met 'n Suid-Afrikaanse identiteit te beskik. In Januarie 1918 kom 44 en 50 SA Heavy Artillery Brigade tot stand. Eersgenoemde brigade het bestaan uit 71, 73 en 125 Battery, terwyl laasgenoemde saamgestel is uit 72, 74 en 75 Battery.

Die ses battery se ongevalle aan die Wesfront het in totaal 329 beloop. Altesame 146 artilleriste het gesneuwel terwyl 183 gewond is.

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I don't know if she speaks Afrikaans...but Kathie is South African. Perhaps if you PM her?

Rgds

Tim D

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Is it actually in Afrikaans?

Dutch was the official language of South Africa in WW1.

In any event I am sure that Belgian and Dutch pals can understand what is written.

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I don't speak or read Afrikaans, but a lady at work does. I asked her for a translation.She apologises for any infelicities in English, since Afrikaans is her mother tonguer, and English is her 2nd language

Here is the result

The South African Heavy Artillery corps, under the command of Colonel J M Rose, came into being on 1 August 1915, in Rondebosh. The Corps was originally organized into two separate brigades, namely the 1st Brigade, which consisted of 3 batteries; and the 2nd Brigade, which had 2 batteries. Of the 672 men who served in these brigades, 34 were officers and the rest were other ranks. They departed for England on 28 August 1915, to undergo training at the Cooden Camp situated in Bexhill. After their arrival in England, it was decided that the South African Heavy Artilleries would be changed and developed into stationary batteries.

During March 1918, the 71st, 72nd, and 75th Siege Batteries were organized in the 44th Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery, while the 73rd and 74th as well as the 125th Siege battery were added to the 50th Brigade (RGA). During early 1918 three additional batteries were brought into being, namely 542, 496, and 552 Siege batteries. The first two mentioned (542, 496 Siege Batteries) were joined with the existing South African Brigade and gave support to the South African Infantry Brigade during a few isolated incidents.

These batteries served as integrated supporting elements of the British fighting formation and artillery group like the Royal Garrison Artillery. They were also involved with some of the larger infantries such as the Somme, Arras, Cambrai, Ypres, and the German Spring offensive.

During 1917, the decision to develop the heavy and armed batteries into permanent Brigades was made. This gave the South Africans a chance to give their own batteries some South African characteristics(trademarks). During January 1918, 44 and 50 South African Heavy

Artillery Brigade came into being. The first mentioned Brigade (44) consisted of 71, 73, and 125 batteries, while the last mentioned consisted of 72, 74, and 75 batteries.

The six batteries' casualties on the western front amounted to a total of 329. All together 146 artillerymen were wiped out while 183 were injured

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Christine - thank you very much indeed. Please extend my thanks to your friend. The point about the two brigades was particularly important. I shall be following up on that.

Thank you to the rest of you too for the tips.

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