In Palestine, ‘A’ and ‘B’ Batteries where camped in company with the rest of the Australian Mounted Division at Ludd. Moving only at night between the 15th
September and sleeping in concealed positions by day the Battery slowly moved forwards to their gun positions near Arsuf. Before dawn on the 18th
the position was reached and the Battery was ordered to open fire at 0430 the next morning in order to bombard the Turkish lines until 0540. During this period the Battery fired 735 rounds in just seventy minutes, the greatest number they fired in so short a time. The attack was successful and allowed infantry to break through the Turkish lines resulting in a full retreat. The Battery pushing in fourty miles before being rerouted south east to Jenin. The enemy, having lost their will to fight, surrendered almost immediately. The number of prisoners was so large the Brigade had to apply for reinforcements in order to contain them. On the 25th
the Battery pushed on to Lake Tiberias where the men watered their horses and had the welcome opportunity of a bath.
For the 2nd
Battalion September, Italy was quiet and enjoyable. Notably with a Divisional Sports Competition at the village of Trissino where the Battalion won a series of awards including the ‘one-horse turnout’ and second place in the ‘open mile race.’ Towards the end of September it was announced that one Battalion from each Brigade would be sent to Western Front in France. The 2nd
Battalion was lucky enough not to be sent as the 20th
Manchester Regiment was selected, suffering many casualties during their time there.
Battalion whilst on the western front were gearing up for what was universally thought to be the final push, with the German lines slowly giving way to the sustained British attacks. On the 25th
September the Battalion was ordered to entrain and join the 4th
Guards Brigade at Maison Ponthieu. They spent the remainder of the month preparing for the battle that lay ahead.
September the Siege Battery were located near to Foret and took part in sporadic contacts up until the 8th
September when they journeyed forwards past Longavesnes in position for the final attack on the Hindenburg Line. With the enemy dug in and determined the Battery expected a bitter fight. The valley that the Battery occupied was shelled continually until the 18th
when the enemy’s guns were taken allowing them a measure of peace. The Battery then moved up beyond Ste. Emilie and occupied the position until the 1st
October, spending the time bombarding the strengthened positions at Priel Farm, Ossus Wood and the ‘Knoll.’
September 2/A Battery saw action near the Cambrai road during which the Drocourt-Quéant line was broken sending the enemy into full retreat. On the 4th
the Battery occupied the line and spent two days providing harassing fire on the north east where the enemy was most stubborn. With a new battery commander, Major P. A. Dyott, the Battery was moved to Vis-en-Artois. Accommodated in a chalk-pit, the rest of the month was relatively peaceful with only the occasional shooting to keep the detachments in order.