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9th Canadian Artillery Brigade Operation Order 63 15 April 1917
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REF: Map VIMY 1/10,000
9TH CANADIAN ARTILLERY BRIGADE
Operation Order No 63
Lieut. Col. H.G. Carscallen Comdg
INFORMATION 1. The enemy is holding the OPPY-MERICOURT-VENDIN line and ARLEUX LOOP.
The 3rd Canadian Division with the 9th C.I.B. in the line and the 7th and 8th C.I.B. in reserve are consolidating a line running from T.15.b.3.8. – T.8. central – T.1.b.0.0.
The 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade are at present disposed as follows:-.
1 Battalion in above line.
1 Battalion on line VIMY Station (Exclusive).
T.13.d.central – S.18.central (LA CHAUDIERE)
1 Battalion on VIMY RIDGE.
1 Battalion in old British front line.
The 3rd Canadian Divisional boundaries areas under:-
T.30.Central, VIMY Station (exclusive)
T.15 central –T.4.d.central – MERICOURT (exclusive)
BOIS DE CHAMP POURRI – T.18 central thence along LENS-ARRAS Road (inclusive) to S.12.d.6.4. thence along track (inclusive) running through T.1.b.0.0. to AVION inclusive.
ARTILLERY 2. The 63rd D.A. been withdrawn from the 3rd Canadian Division.
The 93rd and 242nd Army F.A. Brigades have been attached and will now come under the orders of 3rd C.D.A.
- Batteries of CARSCALLEN’S GROUP will move forward as soon as possible to positions in the vicinity of VIMY Station – LE CHAUDIERE to support further advance of the Infantry.
The 45th Battery will move forward tonight, 15/16th inst.
- RIGHT: T.19.central – T.14.central – N.34.d.0.0.
LEFT: S.24.d.7.9. – T.8.central – T.3.b.4.0.
This zone is divided as follows:-
Right Third to 32nd Battery
Centre third to 33rd Battery
Left Third to 45th Battery
The 36th Battery will cover the whole zone.
LIAISON 5. The 36th Battery will detail a Liaison Officer to report tonight to Headquarters 58th Battalion at Railway Embankment S.18.d.8.3.
AMMUNITION 6. Dumps of about 250 rounds per gun should be accumulated and maintained at the new position.
REGISTRATION 7. Will be completed as quickly as possible.
REPORTS 8. To Headquarters on completion of the move and registration.
Letter of recommendation 12 April 1917
4th C.M.R. Battalion.
Dear Colonel Carscallen,
I have great pleasure in calling to your attention the gallant work done by Lieut. Heney of your Group, in carrying forward a line to the Crest of the Hill. This Officer established an O.P. on the Crest of the Hill, shortly after we reached our objective, and was in touch with the Liaison Officer, Lieut. Webster at my Battalion Headquarters.
I was able to speak to Lieut. Heney myself, and obtained from him confirmation that we were established on the Crest, also much valuable information as to the movement of the enemy.
I also want to thank you for the courtesy and valuable work done by Lieut Webster as Liaison Officer. He was most untiring in his efforts to assist us.
Lieut. Haskell, Lieut. Weldon, who were up in front and Lieut. Jamieson who volunteered to stay with me as Liaison Officer on the night of 9/10th Lieut. Manning who helped to arrange shoot, morning of 11th: Lieut. Anderson who directed the 4.5s during the shoot; all did their work in a praiseworthy manner.
I also want to thank you for the good work done by the batteries under your command, all through the action and subsequently when we asked for retaliation, and especially for the great assistance you rendered on the morning of the 11th, when you drove the enemy out of the new trench on slope of Hill, so saving us the necessity of sending men over the top, which would undoubtedly have resulted in severe casualties.
My officers join with me in thanking you. The work of the artillery throughout, leaving nothing to be desired.
Sgd/ W. Gordon, Lieut. Col.
O.C. 4th C.M.R. Battalion.
9th Canadian Artillery Brigade Operation Order 62 12 April 1917.
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Ref Map VIMY 1:10,000
9TH CANADIAN ARTILLERY BRIGADE
Operation Order No 62
Lieut. Col. H.G. Carscallen Comdg
INFORMATION 1. The enemy are holding the line FLIT and FLICKER FLOWER-PETIT VIMY thence along FILLIP, and eastern sides of BOIS DE LA FOLIE.
The Left flank post of the 2nd Canadian Division on our right is at S.30.b.6.0.
The right of the 3rd Canadian Division is at S.30 central.
In accordance with orders from the 3rd Canadian Division the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade will attack and consolidate the line FLICKER, FLUNG, FLOWER, PETIT VIMY, FILLIP and trenches along Eastern side of BOIS DE LA FOLIE in S.23.d.c. and a.
BARRAGES. 2. CASCALLEN’S GROUP will assist in accordance with Barrage Table attached.
During the night 12th/13th April, each 18-pdr. Battery taking part in the rolling barrage, will fire one round every 30 minutes on its first barrage line in order to give the Infantry who will be creeping forward before zero towards their objective, an idea as to the line of the opening barrage.
ZERO. 3. Zero hour, which will probably be about dawn on the 13th instant, will be notified later.
Watches will be synchronised with this Headquarters at midnight 12th/13th April.
REPORTS 4. Reports will be made to Group Headquarters.
Comdg CARSCALLEN’S GROUP
Issued at p.m.
Copy No 2 to O.C. 32nd Battery
3 to O.C. 33rd Battery
4 to O.C. 45th Battery
5 to O.C. 36th Battery
6 to O.C. 43rd Battery
6,7,8 WAR DIARY
Alf Smith letter 11 April 1917
Pte. A.A. Smith
10th Essex Regt.
No 10 Platoon
April 11th 17
Just a few lines to thank you for parcel, also for letter from Jess, they are all very nice just a treat.
I was extra pleased to receive it, as it was the first news I had for nearly a month. Did you get many letters from me I wrote several.
How did you enjoy your Easter I suppose you spent it quietly. I was surprised to hear Ethel had left school, time passes so quickly I will write to her & Winnie the first opportunity.
A FEW CIGARETTES & Harrisons Pomade would be useful when you are sending another parcel but I am not in a hurry though I would mention it now.
Have you heard from Albert Taylor lately I would like to write to him if you know his address.
Glad to say I am quite well the weather is very cold & wet.
I have not heard from Southend for sometime have you had any news lately?
Well I think I must finish now.
Glad you are all in the best of health.
With much love
From your devoted Son
Reports on Vimy Attack 10 April 1917.
April 10th 1917
REPORT ON BOMBARDMENT OF TRENCH FROM S.29.b.4.8 TO S.23.d.7.2 from 6.15 to 6.45 a.m. April 10th
Bombardment was arranged for at the request of O.C 4th C.M.R. his scouts having encountered a party of about 45 of the enemy partly dug in in this area.
The bombardment had the desired effect, as a patrol was sent out over the ground half an hour later and found no trace of the enemy. The O.C. 4th C.M.R. was very pleased with the shoot.
Attached is report by Battalion Scout Officer.
(Sgd) A.L. Anderson Lieut.
36th Battery C.F.A.
REPORT OF BATTALION SCOUT OFFICER
Patrol pushed forward, at first crawling and then walking. Patrol went two thirds of way through wood and reported wood to be full of the enemy.
Patrol was not shot at from VIMY.
Artillery fire was very good. Shell holes were found all around the position.
3rd Canadian Division
This is very satisfactory
(sgd) L.J. Lipsett, Maj-Gen.
3rd Canadian Division.
Intelligence Report 10 April 1917.
INTELLIGENCE REPORT RE OPERATION ORDER NO 59
5.30 a.m. The Barrage opened up simultaneously all along the whole line and was the most perfect I have ever seen. It was quite light and the visibility was good. The Infantry encountered slight opposition from the German front line and craters and moved along steadily with our barrage, till they came to the BLACK LINE. From here to the final objective there was very little opposition as the enemy defences had been absolutely blown out of existence.
The Infantry (all ranks) were immensely pleased with the Artillery Support.
6.45 a.m. At this hour I left the Tunnel Head with the Battalion Signalling officer, having clearly ascertained that the enemy retaliation was very light and on our front consisted only of two 5.9 guns, one battery’ four guns 4.1s and one battery of whizz bangs. From here I went on by stages to the front line, keeping in touch with our Brigade Hdqrs all the time by telephone and never being out of touch with the Company and Battalion Commanders all day.
From 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. much movement of Infantry in small parties were observed coming down BOBBY and BODKIN Trenches to BLOATER TRENCH and also some movement in FLOWER Trench. The enemy were immediately engaged by our 18-pounders and the movement stopped.
From 2 to 3 p.m. four parties of Germans (about ten in each party) were observed going overland to the rear from LA CHAUDIERE through S.13.a. and c.
About 3.30 p.m. two gun limbers with four horses each came along about S.24.c.5.6. They were immediately engaged by machine gunners and at once disappeared from view about S.24.b.5.8.
From 3.30 to 5 p.m. over 1000 of the enemy were observed coming overland towards PETIT VIMY from the SUNKEN ROAD in S.15.c. They were spread out in parties of about twenty to thirty men, moving quickly to the Railway line in S.19.b. where they disappeared. None of these parties went further north than the tramline at S.24.c.1.8. to 4.8. They were engaged by our 18-pounders which eventually stopped all movement through square S.24.d.
The Howitzer Batteries engaged the enemy in squares 14 and 15 but nearly all their shots fell in squares 20 and 21 and were ineffective.
From 5 p.m. (9th) to 9 a.m. (10th) the night was quiet the enemy throwing up flares all over the back area and showing signs of nervousness.
From aa a.m. to 7. p.m. 9th the enemy fired about 500 rounds of 5.9s into LA FOLIE WOOD close to LA FOLLIE FARM and on the SWISCHEN STELLUNG TRENCH.
SGD/ J.R. JAMIESON Lieut.