33rd Battalion AIF Routine Order No.134 NOT TO BE TAKEN IN FRONT LINE TRENCHES
33rd BATTALION A.I.F.
ROUTINE ORDER NO.134
Lieutenant-Colonel LJ Morshead,
Chappelle d'Armentières, 13th December, 1916
INFORMATION FROM PRISONERS 1305
When the 5th Bavarian Division first arrived on our front the British patrol activity was far in excess of theirs. Now the Germans do a fair amount of patrolling and are planning raids at various points; they hope to carry this out successfully and to affect surprise attacks where our wire is weak.
The 5th Bavarian Division is opposite the Division next but one to our right; the 3rd Bavarian Divisions is opposite our front. It is not improbable that the Division opposite our front is acting under similar orders to the 5th Divisions and that similar action by them is anticipated.
SHELL FIRE IN BILLETS 1306
The following incident is published for information, and is to be promulgated to all ranks.
On the 10th inst. 3 men including a sergeant were walking along the street in Armentières. The two men who had previous experience of shellfire threw themselves flat on the ground when a shell was heard approaching; the Sergeant remained standing.
The men who prostrated themselves were not injured but the sergeant was killed instantly.
Troops should have it impressed upon them that the burst of a shell is outward and upward, and that if they act properly they can very often avoid injury.
S.O.S. LINES may in future be used to report presence of fleeting targets.
The S.O.S. Signal will not be used for this purpose but will be reserved for its proper use.
DRYING ROOM 1308
A Drying Room has been established near Battalion Headquarters for use of Companies. The Details in the Subsidiary Line should now make use of this room. Fuel can be procured from Battalion Trench Store.
WORKING PARTIES 1309
The work of Engineers Officers attached to the Battalion is principally of an advisory nature, therefore Regimental Officers who are at all times responsible for maintenance and repair of their trenches and wire must act on their own initiative and decide what should be done, but using Engineering Officers as advisers.
The work must be carried out by their own men and their own Officers assisted by Engineering staff and a distinct gain in efficiency will result by making it clear to the working parties that the result of their efforts is primarily for the benefit of their own Company or Battalion.
INVOICE OF STORES 1310
Quartermaster will in future forward invoice with all stores sent to Battalion Headquarters by Regimental Transport . This will be checked by R.S.M.and handed to Battalion headquarters within one hour of arrival.
(Signed) RC Jones 2/Lt.
Adjutant. 33rd Battalion A.I.F
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