NOTES ON CONFERENCE HELD BY C.R.A. 9 June 1916

SECRET

 

NOTES ON CONFERENCE HELD BY C.R.A.

On 8th June 1916

 

(1). GROUPING OF BATTERIES.

 

Batteries of 9th Divisional Artillery attached to 18th Divisional Artillery will form part of Groups as under:-

 

Left Group.

18-pounder battery at F.23.d.7.4.c.0.4.

18-pounder battery at A.14.a.5.2. 8.8.

4.5” howitzer battery at A.14.c.1.9. A13.d.20.75.

18-pounder section at F.17.b.5.2.

 

Centre Group.

18-pounder battery at F.23.c.5.1.

18-pounder section at A.15.d.7.9.

 

Right Group.

18-pounder battery at A.20.d.4.9.

18-pounder battery at A.15.c.4.9.

 

(2). BATTERY POSITIONS.

 

Work on 9th Divisional Artillery positions to be commenced at once.

 

A/83 responsible for construction of position at A.20.d.4.9.

D/82 responsible for construction of position at A.14.c.1.9.

B/85 responsible for construction of position at A.14.a.5.2.

82B responsible for construction of single gun position.

Centre and Right Groups to commence work on remaining positions as soon as possible.

 

(3). OBSERVATION STATIONS.

 

Sites for 9th Divisional Artillery O.P.s to be selected and work commenced without delay.

 

(4). COMMUNICATIONS.

 

O.C. B/83 to undertake digging of trench for wires to Mystery Trench O.P.

Group Commanders to ensure that all Signalling lamps are in good order and cells efficient.

In establishing systems of Visual signalling, every endeavour to be made for erecting some means for acknowledging messages.

 

 

(5). LIAISON OFFICERS.

 

One to be detailed to hold himself in readiness in event of Brigade H.Q. moving forward.

Two per Group to be detailed to accompany the Battalion H.Q of the two front attacking Battalions.

 

(6). F.O.O.s

 

Two per Group to be detailed to move forward. It would not be necessary for these officers to move beyond our front trench before the POMMIERS TRENCH had been captured and consolidated.

 

(7). WIRE CUTTING.

 

Suggested scheme for distribution of tasks decided on, Wire cutting charts will be forwarded to Groups for distribution to batteries.

Decided that detached section at F.17.b.5.2. should assist in cutting wire on POMMIERS REDOUBT.

 

(8). BOMBARDMENT TO SUPPORT ASSAULT.

 

The fire of forward batteries will probably be retained till POMMIERS TRENCH is taken.

 

A.B. No 183

 

 

82nd Brigade

83rd Brigade

84th Brigade

 

The above notes on conference of Group Commanders held by C.R.A., are forwarded for your information and necessary action.

 

A.F. Brooke

Capt., R.A.

Brigade Major, 18th Div Artillery.

H.Q.R.A. 18/Div

9/6/16

 

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