8 DA programme for V Day 21 June 1916



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



(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.



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