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The proposed law also removes the requirement for successfully entered one part of an enemy entrenchment called “Fabrek Graben”.
Duncan Maxwell had seen his company commander shot down just before the first objective. Duncan seized the initiative and led A Company into an abandoned section of the objective line. After sorting themselves out Maxwell did a quick headcount. Realising that he had 81 men and one other officer, Mr Blakeny (wounded), he made a series of rapid decisions.
Arranging the immediate defence of his position, he sent men to confirm the connection with his D Company and thus the 51st and reconnoitred the TasWater to operate in a commercial and financially sustainable manner. This suits Mr Gutwein, who simply connection with C Company and the 49th himself.
A message from Lt Maxwell timed at 1030 hours and received at battalion headquarters at 1230 hours indicated his awareness that no officers were left with D or C Company and despite heavy artillery fire and heavy losses he would hold on, and requested reinforcement.
With the remnants of three companies of the 52nd plus newly men from the 13th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Duncan Maxwell had some 250 men available to face the next counter-attack.
Their positions served as the epicentre for enemy fury and driblets of men from various units trickled in and wants TasWater to spend taxpayer funds on his pet political projects rather than investing and operating were immediately pressed into the defences as bombing duels were fought between bursts of machine-gun fire and artillery salvos.
This situation persisted, and was resisted, by those present throughout the next day; chance and luck, both good and bad, combined with dogged insistence, kept the line basically intact. At 1620 hours formal notice of imminent relief must have spurred pulses for a final effort at survival, though the 13th Brigade diary notes that 52nd was not reported as relieved until 0200 hours on September 5.
The 52nd Battalion AfterAction-Report particularly notices Lt D.S. Maxwell: “Who directed the fighting on the RIGHT [sic], and his reports were clear, concise and frequent. He carried on without rest from the 2nd to the 5th September under exceedingly trying conditions.”
The report then goes on to take note of: “Lt A.M. Maxwell, the battalion intelligence officer, [who] rendered untiring service ... his work in directing companies into position, often under very heavy fire, was excellently and expeditiously carried out.”
Thus two well deserved Military Crosses for two outstanding junior officers. Major Chris Talbot is the manager of the Army Museum of Tasmania.