Hi all, Does anyone have a good account of what was happening on the 20th and 21st May 1940 in the Petegem area? I'm working through the diary for 139 Field RA and they were in action for the first time this day and suffered their first combat casualties. I'm finding it hard to get a wider sense of exactly where they were and what was going on around them, though, and how strong the German attack against their front was. The diary states that they were deployed in close support of 6 Queens, and also mentions in passing 2 Buffs as having been badly mauled nearby. It seems that the Germans attacked across the river (the River Scheldt? the diary keeps switching between 'canal' and 'river') and took Petegem, forcing the British infantry to withdraw, the enemy coming within 500 yards of 362 Battery's position and prompting them to request permission to pull the guns out. There was then a counter-attack by 'carrier platoons' (not entirely clear from which regiment, Queens or Buffs), with an officer from 139 Field accompanying them to relay fire orders. Later on in the day (on the 21st) 139 Field got hammered by artillery and suffered several killed and wounded. Additionally, the 139 diary gives the location for the action as 'Wiedreisch' and 'Weedreisch', which I can't find on the map. I've found Drew5233's post which includes a partial page from the 2 Buff's diary covering the action; they seem to call it the 'Audenarde Battle' (is 'Oudenaarde' the same place?). I've also found this account which appears to be from the Intelligence Officer of 2 Buffs. Can't find anything from 6 Queens though. Can anyone give a clearer account of what happened over these two days in this particular area? And who were the British troops facing here? A couple of other bits, too. On the war diary page from the Buffs there's a note in the corner saying 'Stories of men dressed as civilians and in civilian cars doubted'. This is echoed in the 139 Field's diary, but here the writer seems to take it as fact. It says: "The reason for the speed of the German advance and then the ease with which they were driven back was due to their tactics, tactics which are not recognised by the law of War. Two Germans would advance with their hands above their heads as if in surrender, while a third behind with a Tommy gun mowed down our infantry. They also came dressed as refugees and even in British uniforms. They were not however in great numbers and our Carrier Platoons advancing suddenly from behind cover, quickly swept them back. The 2 Buffs, the left Fwd. Btn. lost practically the whole of their fighting strength and only their Wagon Line personnel remain." This struck me as pretty unlikely on first reading, with the writer perhaps picking up rumour, panic and confusion in this early encounter with the unfamiliar German enemy and reporting it as gospel. Was there anything at all in it, though? Also, can anyone describe the general formation/tactics of the 'carrier platoons' that are mentioned?