War Diaries WMR
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Australian Imperial Force unit war diary
NEW ZEALAND UNITS
1st. Machine Gun Squadron
New Zealand Mounted Rifles
10th. Recuperating and training. Had men sent from Squadron Details. Hill 70, to replace others evacuated sick. Brigade received orders to move to Bir et Maler. But M.G. Squadron to remain at Hod Amara.
11th. 0700 Remainder of Bde left for Bir ET Maler M.G. Sqdn and M. F. Amb. Remained
Came under orders of G.O.C 3rd A.L.H. Bde
13th. 1100 Received Operation Order No. 41 for Attack on Mazar.
14th Orders for attack on Mazar cancelled.
15th. Received new orders Operation Order No. 42 for attack on Mazar.
16th. 1800 Marched to Bir Salama and bivouacked for the night.
17th 2000 Marched Divisional Rendezvous and came under orders of G.O.C.2nd. A.L.H.
Started march to Mazar.
18th. 0600 Arrived at a point 2 miles (approx) West of Mazar but did not go into
18th. (page 3)
Left with 2nd. A.L.H. Bde. and marched to Bir Salmana and bivouacked for night.
19th. 0500 Left independently and marched to Hod Amara. In this operation a reserve of S.A.A in bulk was carried on spare pack-horses. 2 Anti aircraft guns having been left in camp. This ammunition was carried in order to ensure a good supply as we were not sure that the camel convoy would arrive in time owing to the great distance.
20th. Rested horses and men as both very tired. Received orders from A & NZ Divn H.Q. to proceed to Bir Et Maler next day.
21st. 0500 Left for Bir Et Maler and arrived there at 1120. Joined up with N.Z.M.R. Bde. and went into camp. Lieut. R.F. Chapman went to Field Ambulance (Dysentery)
23rd. One Officer and 59 Other Ranks went to Sidi Bishr Change of Air Camp near Alexandria.
Routine work building Farriers shelter, Cook houses etc.
29th. One officer and 31 O/R went to change of Air Camp.
Major Pardoe D.S.O. Senior Machine Gun Instructor at the Imperial School of Instruction Zeitoun, inspected guns and pack-saddlery and gave lectures.
30th. 2300 1st. Party returned from Change of Air Camp. 30 o/r’s left for Change of Air Camp.
Signed R. P Harper Capt.
N.Z.M.R. M. G. Sqndn.
Transcribers note:- (GFY) is the initials of the Adjutant who obviously wrote the diary and was later signed by the Captain.