Topic: Gm - Bk - 605 MGC
German 605th Machine Gun Company (MGC)
War Diary, 16 to 24 June 1916
To-day the Turkish troops have the day off excepting bathing and washing clothes. The German troops bathed this morning and in the afternoon some fatigues.
To-day battle training.
This morning home drill. The Turkish details have the afternoon off; the Germans on the other hand have to overhaul the camel saddles. At 8 p.m. we had a route march with camels.
Act. Sergeant-Major Kura came out of hospital to-day and Pte. Beuth came book from the sick tent. We got another 4 Turkish soldiers to-day.
Drill to-day otherwise nothing new.
Strength of company - 1 officer, 12 N.C.O.'s, 14 men. Drill this morning and the Turkish details have the afternoon off. The Germans on the other hand have to overhaul the camel saddles and cacholets.
At 6 a.m. this morning we moved off with camels and all first line transport for a route march in connection with a field day. Instruction in the afternoon.
The Turkish details have to-day off. They have only to bathe and wash. The Germans have bathing in the morning, and in the afternoon they have to test 2 machine guns.
Early today field firing, but since the ammunition boxes are too low, many cartridges were dented and in consequence there were many stoppages. After the firing several belts were overhauled and the damaged cartridges removed. This afternoon a German armourer arrived and watched the M. guns shooting and ascertained that the rifle oil from Germany was too thin and in consequence soon burnt out. We then got a thicker oil from the Turkish depot with which the machine guns shot very well. As the angle lever of all the locks worked too heavily they had to be adjusted. In several of the locks the mechanism failed as they did not come back.
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