32nd Division No. S.G.142/91 25 June 1916


32nd Division No. S.G.142/91


Stamped Headquarters 14th Infantry Brigade 25 JUN 1916


Additions to para 8. Appendix ’C’

32nd Division Operation Order No. 24.

Dated 18-6-16


  1. By day the lamp cannot be read but the helio can be read.

The panel might also be read if placed against a steep bank.


  1. By night the lamp can be easily read.


  1. Communication will be from Battalion and Brigade Headquarters.


  1. The distinctive pennant referred to is 18’ x 3’ and will be 30’ below the basket.


The following table gives the method of distinguishing balloons:-

By day.                                   By night.


VIII Corps.     Black & White chequered      Light exposed for 10 secs. At intervals of                                                                  10 minutes.

X Corps           Half Red and Half White       Succession of dots every 10 minutes.

III Corps.        Plain White                             Succession of dots and dashes every 10                                                                     minutes.

XV Corps        Black & White vertical           Succession of dashes every 10

strips 3’ broad                         minutes.

XIII Corps      Plain Red                                Succession of dots every 10 minutes.


  1. All messages will be “DD-DD” and balloon will only answer:-
    1. With lamp as already stated
    2. With pennant, when the unit calls up with its code calls, the pennant will be hauled up to the basket.As soon as the observer is ready to read, the pennant will be lowered again. When the message has been received the pennant will be hauled up and down 3 times in succession.

18th Div Art 25 June 1916


18th Div Art


Lt. Col Brooke R.F.A. of 50th Bde R.F.A. has consented to watch this group front on Z day from our group O.P. near  A.14.d.6.2.  He will be connected by a direct wire to Group H.Q. and will send any information he can obtain as to the situation.



***** Lt. Col

Cmdg Rt Group




Copy No.

XIII Corps

132/27 (G)





Reference Plan of Operations Part I, para 4 the following is a summary of the action which it is intended shall be taken by the Artillery during the First and Second Phases.

  1. the batteries mentioned below, in prepared positions North of the PERONNE Road, will not open fire until:-

18th Divisional Arty.               30th Divisional Arty.

A/51}                                      A/52}  0 -65 29th June

C/53} 0 -15                             B/52}   If possible, will do

C/51} 29th June                      A/53}   a little registration

D/51}                                      B/53}   on the afternoon of

B/51}   28th June.


  1. As soon as circumstances permit, if possible immediately the green line has been captured, and at least during the night following the capture of that line, the following batteries will be moved forward North of the PERONNE Road:-


18th Divisional Arty.               30th Divisional Arty.

(B/82                                      A/150)   After capture of

Left Group   (A/85                                      C/150)


In addition, 151st F.A. Bde

will be in readiness for forward support if

(A/83                                                required.

Centre Group (B/85



Right Group   (C/84

In addition, 50th F.A.  Bde will be in readiness to reinforce 18th Divisional Artillery.


The tasks of the batteries mentioned in paras 1 and 2 above are as follows:-

  • The defence of the green line.
  • To assist with their fire the advance of the XV Corps to the brown line by bringing fire to bear on the German second line and on ground between it and the CATERPILLAR WOOD Stream (Plan of Operations, Part I, para 4 (d))



  1. The following artillery will be moved up in close support of our front line as soon as possible after the capture of the green line; the function of these guns is the close defence of our new line especially of the MONTAUBAN salient.


18th Divisional Arty.                                  30th Divisional Arty.

2-18pdr} atF.17.b.2.2.                       C/148} Enfilade Eastern

guns of } and at                                 B/148} of MONTAUBAN

C/51     }  F.12.c.7.3

to move to position in                         A/52}  Enfilade Western edge

vicinity of A.2.c. to                            B/52}  of BERNAFAY WOOD

enfilade N.W. face of                                     A/53}  and barrage South edge

MONTAUBAN. These                                Wood.

Guns will advance after


has been taken.


These guns will not open fire except in case of actual attack or at an exceptionally favourable target, such as limbered up hostile artillery attempting to escape, (Plan of Operations Part I para 4.(c).)


  1. The 30th Division will make arrangements to enfilade with artillery fire the Eastern face of MONTAUBAN and barrage the Southern edge of BERNAFAY WOOD; the 18th Division to enfilade the N.W. face of MONTAUBAN.

Both Divisions will aim at bringing as effective a fire as possible to bear on the BERNAFAY WOOD – CRATER – PILLAR WOOD Valley.

These tasks will not necessarily be carried out by the guns advanced as in 3 above, but in whatever way Divisional Commanders consider most effective.


  1. The following batteries of the Corps Artillery will be moved forward as stated below as soon as circumstances permit after the capture of the green line (Plan of Operations, Part I, para. 4. (e).)
  • Counter Battery Batteries.


31st Heavy Battery 60 prs to A.26.a.4.5.) probably

124th Heavy Battery to 60A.26.a.9.7.)      night of


D/50 4.5” Howitzers to A.9.c.2.5.)               probably

12th Heavy Battery 60 prs to A.14.d.85.90.)  night of

115th Heavy Battery 60 prs to A.14.b.60.)     30/1


  • Siege Batteries.


12th Siege Battery 9.2” 1 Secn to A.19.d.1.1.)  probably

15th Siege Battery 6” 1Battery to A.25.b.20.45) night

66th Siege Battery 9.2” 1 Secn to A.21.b.60.58.)  of

6th Siege Battery 6” 1 Battery to A.21.b.95.76.)   29/30



Sd W.H. Greenly

B.G., G.S.

XIII Corps

25th June 1916


Copies to:-

No 1 French XX Corps

2 XV Corps

3) G.O.C., R.A.


5 9th Division

6 18th Division

7 30th Division

8 No 9 Squadron R.F.C.

9 Corps Commander

10 B.G., G.S.

11) ”G”



H.Q. R.A., 18/Div. 25 June 1916

To,                                                                                                                   AB240/30

48th Siege Battery R.G.A.

XIII Corps H.A. (for information)


With reference to XIII Corps H.A. Operation Order No 3 dated 21/6/16 and amendment:-


(1) From 1.00 on zero day the section of 49th Siege Battery (under orders of 18th Divisional Artillery) will be allotted the following tasks.


(2) From 1.00 to 2.00.

Junction of trenches at S.26.c.4.4., and new german trench running through S.26.c. and S.25.a..

Steady rate of fire.


(3) From 2.00 to 2.30 25. Western houses of MONTAUBAN in S.27.c..

Steady rate of fire.


(4) From  2.30 25 MARLBRO WOOD and trench from this wood to CATTERPILLAR WOOD.

Bursts of fire at irregular intervals.


  • Whilst employed on the above tasks the section should hold itself in readiness to be turned on any special objective which circumstances may require.


  • The targets indicated above should be registered by ”Z” day.


  • From zero time of ”Z” day the 49th Siege Battery will provide an orderly to remain at 18th Divisional Artillery Headquarters until further notice.




Unreadable signature

Lt. R.A.

Captain R.A.

Brigade Major. R.A. 18th Division.

H.Q. R.A., 18/Div.

25th June 1916


No B.M/148/1









  1. Officers detailed, whether to Infantry Brigades or battalions, will remain in close touch with such Headquarters throughout operations.


They must never leave Headquarters (but will move with them) without giving       clear information as to where they can be found.


  1. Their role is: –
    1. To keep their group constantly informed of the progress of events.
    2. To alter the rate or direction of fire, if considered necessary.
    3. To give information concerning the effective, (or otherwise), shooting of the guns.
    4. To give the earliest possible information obtainable concerning position of our Infantry, counter attacks or other matters of importance.
    5. To ensure their communications to group Headquarters is kept up.            NOTE (i). It must be borne in mind that on ”Z” day, operations start with a                             carefully prepared programme which it is intended shall go through                     and the ammunition allotted is considered suitable. Liaison                                      officers, when asking for alterations in rates of fire, must clearly                              understand the difficulties that may arise in ammunition supply.            NOTE (ii). All information sent to group Headquarters must be at once                                    forwarded to Headquarters R.A.
  1. It is of the greatest importance that the time be inserted on each message. This must be done by the Liaison Officer, who is held responsible.







C.R. Gover Major R.A.

Brigade Major 8th Divnl.  Artillery



Copies to :- 5/33/45/86/89 Bdes.