Cité St Pierre, December 30, 1917

Sunday        Fritz comparatively quiet, had a little church service this afternoon, its not so cold am well

The orders have been issued as to how the batteries will exchange positions with batteries of the 3rd CDA: the logistics are meticulous.  Except for the 51st, each battery will be moving its guns, not just changing personnel. Ammunition, “all existing communications, map boards etc” will be left in place; SOS lines, Defence schemes, Observation Posts will remain in effect pending further orders. Wagon lines will remain at Boyeffles. (1)

Horse Lines Boyeffles facing page 75 crop

It will take three nights, beginning tomorrow, to effect the changeover.

The photograph shows the 55th Battery’s horse lines at Boyeffles. (2)


(1) War Diary of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 11: 21. Appendix: Operation Order 164. December 30, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) MacArthur, D.C. The History of the Fifty-Fifth Battery, CFA. 1919. facing page 75.

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