8 DA programme for X Day 21 June 1916



  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.



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