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26th March 1918On this day:
Intensive platoon training & working parties. 250 OR’s work on Corps wiring scheme.
- U-Boat Index - WW1 SM U-138
Type Large Ms.
Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig
Ordered 27 May 1916
Launched 12 Jan 1917
Commissioned 26 Mar 1918
Career No patrols.
No flotilla information available
Successes No successes.
Fate - unknown
There was another U 138 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 18 May 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 27 Jun 1940.
- 26th Mar 1918 On the Move
- 26th Mar 1918 A Cushy Place
- NEAR ST LEGER
Received orders to move back to support of Y&L who were to dig a line from A.3.d.9.8. to S.28 Central. In support, our position was A.3.b.5.5. We should have received these orders at midnight to get into position before daylight but they did not arrive until about 8.30am which resulted in our having to move in daylight. The Battalion moved safely into position under fairly heavy shelling near MOYENVILLE and commenced digging in when Lt Col H F G CARTER and Capt G B STAFFORD were wounded. Capt L A DICK took over command of the Battalion. Received orders that a general retirement had been ordered on to a line running from ADINFER to FICHEUX to fight a rear guard action conforming to movements of the units on our flanks. Could find no trace of 15th WYR but were in touch with Y&L and in agreement with them commenced retiring leaving half of C Coy to fight a rear guard action. Cane to GUARDS DIV who held a line 500x (approx) from where we had commenced to dig in and retire through them eventually arriving about 1000x from ADINFER to VALLEY WOOD. Capt DICK and Adjt went to Bde HQ saw the Brigadier who seemed to think the orders to retire should not have been issued. Y&L and ourselves received orders to return to our original line at MOYENVILLE. OC Y&L wounded and a Capt took over command of his Battalion. Moved forward again both Battalions to about 500x behind GUARDS DIV & Capt LA DICK & the Adjt OC Y&L & Bde IO went forward of the line held by the GUARDS DIV to reconnoitre. Found right of GUARDS DIV front line but were heavily fired upon by enemy MG’s & rifles upon attempting to approach MOYENVILLE. Bde IO went back to Brigadier to ask for further instructions as it was obviously impossible to take the two Battalions over the ridge in daylight with enemy holding positions not 1000x away.
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