Fortunately it was possible to “liberate” under local arrangements, a
considerable number of hogs, chickens and cows as well as fresh
At this time jaundice was sending more people to hospital than all other
causes put together and battery strengths were down to around 170 all ranks.
During the pitch black night of 16 September the Regiment moved up to the
valley below CORIANO without mishap.
The unit was commended by 4 British Division on the speed with which the
guns moved up and came into action making possible the earlier move of their own
Regiments in support.
The area was heavily mined with
SCHU-mines and the dust from passing
traffic drew heavy shell fire causing several casualties.
On the 18th September a fire-plan was fired in support of the 4th British
Division's attack across the AUSA RIVER and another in support
of 1 Canadian
Infantry Division's attack on the FORTUNATO feature.
The weather turned very bad and movement except for jeeps became
impossible owing to rain and mud.
On the 23rd September the Regiment moved forward and the following
day moved again to a position on the MARECCHIO RIVER.
Enemy shelling of the roads was heavy and caused some personnel and vehicle
A fire-plan was fired in support of the 6 New Zealand Brigade with only 16 guns
in the Regiment able to fire.
The L.A.D. were
working full blast trying to get more of these
The Infantry began pushing slowly but steadily ahead and moves were a daily occurrence.
Considerable supporting fire was supplied and much enemy counter
battery fire absorbed.
The Regiment was still badly in need of reinforcements, jaundice and battle
casualties having taken their toll.
The guns were keeping well up and it was nothing new to be in front of battalion
One wag was heard to remark that it was nice to have the 11 Cdn Infantry Brigade
supporting us since they were a good outfit.
much mortaring and shelling and the wireless was kept busy passing
Moreps and Shelreps.