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To Greece

The Supporting Artillery

The Supporting Artillery

A Troop 5 Field Regiment, which had supported 21 Battalion in the tunnel area, was now under the command of Major G. J. O. Stewart, who had arrived from the Elasson area with 26 Battery 4 Field Regiment. The guns had been dug in and camouflaged among the trees and bushes of the fields to the west of the road south of Evangelismos. From there they could shell the road blocks in the gorge and any movements across the Pinios River. One change was afterwards made. On the night of 17–18 April two guns were moved forward and given an anti-tank role: one from 26 Battery to the west of the road and just south of the village; the other, from A Troop 5 Field Regiment, to the east of the road. The observation post for D Troop (Captain Nolan1) was on the ridge above C Company 21 Battalion; that for E Troop (Captain Bliss2) in the A Company area south of Tempe; and that for F Troop (Captain Richardson3) in the D Company 2/2 Battalion area near Makrikhori. To the south of Evangelismos Major Stewart had his headquarters in the B Company 2/2 Battalion area; Lieutenant-Colonel Parkinson, who had left his Regimental Headquarters in the Elasson area, was with Headquarters 2/2 Battalion.

1 Capt S. T. Nolan, m.i.d.; Hamilton; born Onehunga, 14 Aug 1905; motor trimmer; p.w. 1 Jun 1941.

2 Maj H. C. Bliss, m.i.d.; Christchurch; born Christchurch, 22 Sep 1914; dairy farmer; p.w. 22 Jul 1942.

3 Capt J. Richardson, ED; Auckland; born Auckland, 26 Jan 1913; salesman; wounded and p.w. 23 Nov 1941; repatriated Apr 1943.