8 DA Instructions No 1

APPENDIX A1/1

 

 

8th DIVISIONAL ARTILLERY

INSTRUCTIONS No 1.

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Reference programme for U, V, W, and X and Y days.

 

  1. During these days, the Batteries of Centre Group (86 Bde and A/98 Battery R.F.A. will not fire in the special bombardment ordered.

They will however take opportunities of registering certain points towards the        programme for Z day.

Care must be taken to fire as few rounds as possible and the opportunity must be chosen so as to prevent giving away their positions.

 

  1. On X and Y days, one 18 pr battery of 86 Bde R.F.A. will be employed on wire cutting as specially detailed.

 

  1. During the special bombardment, where firing takes place on Green Line or East of it, a gap will be left where 19 Div Batteries will be firing on Z day.

 

  1. For the gas and smoke occasions, the Right and Left Groups will cover the whole front.

 

If wind permits, smoke will be discharged during the last 10 minutes of the concentrated bombardments on V, W, X, and Y days.

 

C.R. Gover Major R.A.

Brigade Major 8th Divisional Artillery.

21-6-16

8 DA programme for U Day 21 June 1916

Programme for U day.

 

  1. Wire cutting in areas, E, F, L, M, P, Q, and Y by 4.5 Howitzers 2 inch T.M. and 18 pounders.

 

  1. Registration to be completed.

 

  1. Night firing 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. as already detailed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.R. Gover Major

  1. M. 8 D. A.

8 DA programme for V Day 21 June 1916

V DAY.

 

  1. Wire cutting in areas E, F, L, P, and Y, by 2 inch T.M.’s and 18 pounders.

 

  1. SPECIAL BOMBARDMENTS.

(a). 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Heavy Arty. and Div Arty. on POZIERS.

18 prs. 20 rounds per gun.

10.35 a.m. to 10.40 a.m. sudden bursts over POZIERES.

18 prs 12 rounds per gun.

Note.  4.5 Howitzers will not fire during this bombardment.

(b). 4.15 p.m. to 4.30. p.m. as for -65’ on Z.

4.30 to 4.45 p.m. on BLUE.

4.45 to 4.55 p.m. on PINK.

4.55 to 5.15 p.m. on GREEN.

5.15 p.m. this bombardment ceases.

One Round per gun per TWO Minute.  25% H.E.

 

If wind permits smoke will be discharged 5.105 to 5.2015 p.m.

 

  1. If circumstances are favourable gas will be liberated at a zero hour on this night.

8 Div Arty will act as follows:

All 18 prs will search the front system Front to GREEN LINE from                       0.03 to 0.04.

This will be repeated from 1.27 to 1.31.

Rockets will be sent up from Ovillers and Donnet Posts at 1.28.  three                    pairs of Red rockets from each Post.

 

  1. Raid by 2 Rifle Bde according to special programme issued. Hour not yet fixed, but will be 2 hours after 0.00 for gas.

 

  1. Night firing 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. as already detailed.

 

 

 

 

 

C.R. Gover Major R.A.

Bde Major 8th Div Artillery.

21-6-16.

8 DA programme for X Day 21 June 1916

X DAY.

 

  1. Wire cutting in areas E, F, L, M, P, Q, V, and Y, by 2 inch T.M.’s and 18 prs. and 4.5 Hows.

One battery 86 Bde R.F.A. will assist in wire cutting.

 

  1. Special bombardment.

(a).       4.30 a.m. to 5 a.m. 3 batteries 2 T.M. Front line.

4.30 to 5 a.m. on ORANGE line as for Z.

5.00 to 5.10 a.m. search slowly to LIGHT BLUE.

5.10 to 5.20 a.m. on LIGHT BLUE.

5.20 to 5.50 a.m. on CRIMSON.

One round per gun per minute 25% H.E.

At 5.50 a.m. this bombardment ceases.

If wind permits, smoke will be discharged 5.40 30 to 5.3050 a.m.

 

(b).       6.30 to 6.35 p.m. 3 batteries 2 inch T.M FRONT line.

6.30 to 6.35 p.m. FRONT LINE.

6.35 to 6.378 p.m. on BLUE LINE.

6.38 to 6.40 p.m. on PINK LINE.

6.40 to 6.55 p.m. on GREEN LINE.

6.55 to 7.00 p.m. on BROWN LINE.

At 7.00 p.m. this bombardment ceases.

 

One Round per gun per TWO Minute.  25% H.E.

 

If wind permits smoke will be discharged 6.50 to 7.00 p.m.

 

(c).       7.30 p.m. to 7.50 p.m. on PINK.

7.50 to 8.10 p.m. on BROWN GREEN.

At 8.10 p.m. this bombardment ceases.

 

  1. gas, Raid if not previously carried out.

 

  1. Night firing 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. as already detailed.

 

 

 

 

 

C.R. Gover Major R.A.

Bde Major 8th Div Artillery.

21-6-16.

8 DA programme for Y Day 21 June 1916

Y DAY.

 

  1. Wire cutting in areas E, F, L, M, P, V, and Y, by 2 inch T.M.’s, and 18 prs., and 4.5 Hows.

One battery 86 Bde R.F.A. will continue wire cutting.

 

  1. Special bombardments.

(a).       6.00 a.m. to 6.35 a.m. 3 batteries 2 inch T.M.’s FRONT LINE.

6.00 to 6.30 a.m. as for -65’ on Z.

6.35 to 6.55 a.m. on BLUE.

6.55 to 7.10 a.m. on PINK.

7.10 to 7.20 a.m. on GREEN.

One round per gun per minute.  25% H.E.

At 7.20 this bombardment ceases.

If wind permits smoke will be discharged 7.10 to 7.20 a.m.

 

(b).       4.005 p.m. to 4.15. p.m. 3 batteries 2 inch T.M. Front line.

4.005 to 4.15 p.m. on BROWN.

4.15 to 4.25 p.m. on MAUVE.

4.25 to 4.55 p.m. on ORANGE.

4.55  to 5.10 p.m. search slowly to LIGHT BLUE

At 5.15 p.m. this bombardment ceases.

 

One Round per gun per TWO Minute.  25% H.E.

 

If wind permits smoke will be discharged 5.105 to 5.2015 p.m.

 

  1. At 6.5 a.m. Communication trenches at end of St Vincent Str. And Goose Dubs will be blown.

 

  1. Night firing 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. as already detailed.

 

 

 

 

 

C.R. Gover Major R.A.

Bde Major 8th Div Artillery. 21.6.16