SECRET Sa/32 15 July 1917

SECRET Sa/32
O.C. Battery
Re para (2) Bursts of fire will be carried out at times stated as follows: –
107 2 guns I.20.d.95.70. – I.21.c.25.55.
108 2 guns I.21c..25.55. – I.21.c.65.50.
C/23 2 guns I.21.c.65.50. – I.21.c.95.45.
D/23 2 guns will take 18 pdr Battery Zones **** ammunition & rate of fire as ordered.
Re para (3) D/23 will fire as follows
1 gun I.27.a.30.50.
1 gun I.27.a.35.45.
1 gun I.27.a.35.30.
1 gun I.27.a.51.55.
1 gun I.27.a.56.60.
Rate of fire as ordered.
18 pdrs.
108 Battery 4 guns – I.26.b.83.26. – I.27.a.5.2.
Re para (4) 18 pds.
(107 4 guns I.31.b.90.70. – I.31.b.90.85.
BARRAGE A (108 4 guns I.31.b.90.85. – I.25.d.85.00.
(C/23 4 guns I.31.b.90.70. – I.25.d.85.00.
D/23 FLUZE TRENCH I.26.c.7.7. to I.26.central.
BARRAGE B 1 gun of 108 Battery
“ D 1 gun of C/23 Battery
Lifts, rates of fire & ammunition as ordered.
Re para (5) &(6)
Allotments. 18prs 450 rounds per battery, harassing fire.
85 “ “ “ calibration
Hows as shown.
ACKNOWLEDGE.
V.C. Ritchie Lt. R.F.A.

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23rd A. Bde. R.F.A. 15 July 1917

SECRET. Sa/31.

O.C. all Batteries.

The procedure laid down in my Sa/27 which was to have taken place at 5 a.m. this morning will take place at 5 a.m. on 17th inst.
ACKNOWLEDGE

V.C. Ritchie Lt. R.F.A.
ADJUTANT: 23rd A. Bde. R.F.A.
15.7.17.

Order 15 July 1917

SECRET. Sa/30

O.C. Battery.

1. In continuation of my Sa/27 of to-days date, if the 12th D.A. think that a counter attack on LONG TRENCH or an attack on HOOK TRENCH is imminent they will send the call: –
“ASSIST MARBLE.”

2. On receipt of this call the Brigade will put down the following Barrage: –
107. O.3.a.1.0. – O.3.a.0.2.
108. O.3.a.0.2. – O.2.b.8.5.
C/23. O.2.b.8.5. – O.2.b.65.70.
Rate of fire 2 rounds a gun a minute until orders are given to stop.

3. This will be a permanent possibility, and at any time on receipt of this call the above barrage will be put down.

4. ACKNOWLEDGE.

V.C. Ritchie Lt. R.F.A.

12th D.A.G. Artillery Programme for week ending 21st July, 1917. 15 Jul 17

SECRET. R.A. 24/35
12TH D.A.G. ARTILLERY PROGRAMME FOR WEEK ENDING 21ST JULY, 1917.

Ref. BOIRY NOTRE DAME.
1/10,000.

Date Time Nature of Operation Tasks Rate of fire Remarks
July 15th to 21st. – Calibration, Tests, Datum Points, etc. 18 prs. 83 rds. per B’ty per week.
4.5” 66 rds. per B’ty per week.
Daily Throughout 24 hours. Harassing fire on approaches, communications, etc. Within Brigade zones.
Special attention being paid to trenches in 0.4.c. and along STIRRUP LANE (vide Air Photos.) 18 prs. 60 rds per B’ty per day. 4.5” Hows 19 rds per B’ty per day.
¾ of allotment by night; ¼ by day.
50% T.S., 50% H.E.
July 15th 3 p.m. to 3.10 pm Concentrated bombardment of T.M. empl: at 09.a.6.6. &0.3.c.3.5. by 4.5” and 6” Hows. 18 prs searching shell holes in vicinity for 10 mins. 4.5” Hows.
62nd Bde. )
63rd Bde. ) T.M. at O.9.a.6.6.
48th Bde.)
23rd Bde.) T.M.at O.3.c.3.5.
18 prs.
62nd & 63rd Bdes. Search shell holes between LONG and POLE Trenches and Wedge of BOIS du VERT within Bde. zones.
48th & 23rd Bdes. Search shell holes from N. & S. Grid line between Squares O.2. and O.3. East to PUPPY Trench between INFANTRY and GREEN LANES.
23rd Bde. N. of an E. and W. line thro’ O.3.c.04; 48th Bde. S. of same line.
6in. Hows. At 0.9.a.6.6. and O.3.c.3.5.
2in T.M. T.M. at O.3.c.3.5. 18 prs. – 2 rounds P.G.P.M.

4.5” Hows. –
2 rounds P.G.P.M.
Total – 1440 rounds.

Total – 480 rounds.

200 rounds.
When ordered Three concentrated bombardments of M.G. or T.M empl: when reported active. Duration of each bombardment 5 minutes. 62nd, 63rd and 48th Brigades.
18 prs and 4.5” Hows will concentrate on a T.M. or M.G. emplacement when one is reported active to either Group by Liaison Officer. 18 prs.-
2 rounds P.G.P.M.
4.5” Hows. –
1 round P.G.P.M. Ammn., for each 5 min operation – 4.5” 60 rds. (12 Hows)
18 prs 400 rds. (40 guns.)
The Group Comdr when warned by his Liaison Officer that a particular M.G. or T.M. is active will call on the other two Bdes to prepare to bombard in half an hour’s time, at the same time informing D.A.H.Q. Fire will then be opened simultaneously by all B’tys at a time telephoned from D.A.H.Q. Meanwhile the hostile M.G. or T.M. will not be engaged by any battery.

First night when weather conditions are suitable. 2 a.m. to 2.15 am Gas Shell bombardment of BOIS du SART and roads, etc on N. and S sides of it. 4.5” How. B’tys.
62nd Bde. the area I.33.c.75.50. – I.33.d.05.50. I.33.c.75.00. – I.33.d.05.00.
63rd Bde. Western portion BOIS du SART in the area I.33.c.75.00 – I.33.d.05.00. – O.3.a.95.25. – O3.b.25.25.
48th Bde. The area O.3.a.95.25. – O.3.b.25.25. – O.3.c.95.65. – O.3.d.25.65.
18 pr batteries of all Bdes.
Search same objectives.
18 prs continuing fire till 2.30 a.m. to keep enemy down in shell holes. 4.5” Hows.-
3 rounds P.G.P.M.

18 prs in bursts of fire.
Total of 60 rds per battery.

Same arrangements and code system as were issued for the projected bombardment of GREEN WORK will hold good.

Copies to –
62nd, 63rd, & 48th Bdes., D.T.M.O.
12th Divn. (G); S. Capt., 12th D.A.
R.A. & H.A. XVII Corps.
4th and 50th D.A.
R.H. Walsh
Major,
for Brigade Major, 12th D.A.
13/7/17.

4th DIV. ARTY ORDER NO. 78. 15 July 1917

H.Q.
SECRET
4th DIV. ARTY ORDER NO. 78.

23rd A.F.A. Bde.
29th Bde. R.F.A.
32nd Bde R.F.A.
17th Corps H.A.
4th Div “G”. )
XVII Corps R.A. )
12th Div. Arty. ) For information.
17th Div. Arty. )

Reference PELVES TRENCH MAP corrected to 28/6/1917:-

The following Programme of Artillery Activity on 4th Division Front will be carried out for Week Ending July 21st 1917.

(1) Night 15th/16th July. To cover a patrol enterprise.
From Zero – 2 mins to Zero +2 mins.
29th Bde 4 18 pdrs 2 4.5 How’s will fire on line I.26.a.40.70. – I.26.a.20.40.
32nd Bde 12 “ “ 5 “ “ “ “ “ “ I.26.a.20.40. I.25.d.75.60.
Rate of fire 18 pdrs 3 rds per gun per minute 50% H.E. & Shrapnel
“ “ “ 4.5 How’s 2 “ “ “ “ “

(2) Night 16th/17th July.
Bursts of fire for 1 minute on following areas at 11-8 pm 11-15pm 11-20pm 11-40pm 11-50pm & 11-5pm 12.5am.
23rd Bde. 6 18 pdrs 2 4.5 Hows Paths at sides of Canal from I.20.d.95.70. to I.21.c.95.50.
29th Bde. 12 “ “ 6 “ “ Area I.21.b.70.40. – I.15.d.70.00. –
I.15.d.00.00. – I.21.b.00.40.
79th Bde. 12 “ “ 4 “ “ Area I.21.b.00.20 – I.21.b.00.60. –
I.21.a.60.60. – I.21.a.60.20.
32nd Bde 10 “ “ 3 “ “ Road from I.20.d.90.00. to I.21.b.45.45.
Rates of fire & ) 18 pdrs 4 rds per gun per minute Shrapnel
Ammunition ) 4.5 Hows 3 “ “ “ “ “ H.E 106 Fuze.

(3) July 19th 7 am – 7-13 am
LETHAL GAS SHELL BOMBARDMENT.
D/23 5 guns)
D/48 4 “ ) HOUSES
128th 6 “ ) & enclosures in area I.27.a.75.55. – I.21.c.40.15. –
86th 5 “ ) I.21.c.00.15. – I.26.a.85.90. – I.27.a.45.25.
D/79 4 “ )
Rate of fire 3 rds per gun per minute.

18 pdrs.
29th Bde 4 guns will fire Shrapnel on East side of exits of PELVES.
32nd “ 12 “ “ “ “ “ the area bombarded.
23rd “ 4 “ “ “ “ “ Southern exits of PELVES.
23rd “ 6 “ “ “ “ “ Portion of PELVES not bombarded.
Rate of fire 3 rds per gun per minute.

(4) July 20th 1917. DUMMY RAID.
This will be as in 4th Div Arty Operation Order No. 74 d/- 5/7/1917 paras 3 to 5 inclusive.
Zero hour 12-30 am.
(a) 18 pdr barrages will be as follows:-
(1)
Barrage Letter UNIT No. of Guns LINE
(
A. (
B.
C.
D.
E.
F. 23rd A.F.A. Bde
32nd Bde. R.F.A.
23rd A.F.A. Bde.
29th Bde. R.F.A.
23rd A.F.A. Bde
29th Bde. R.F.A.
48th Bde. R.F.A. 12
12
2
2
2
2
12 I.31.b.90.70 to I.25.d.85.00.
I.25.d.85.00. to I.25.d.75.30.
I.32.a.00.50. to I.31.b.90.70.
I.25.d.75.30. to I.25.d.75.50.
I.32.a.00.50. to I.32.a.40.50.
I.25.d.75.50. to I.26.c.15.15.
I.32.a.40.50. to I.26.c.00.50.
(2) At Zero all guns will open fire as in 1.
“Z + 1 min A,B, & C will lift 200 yards East.
“Z + 3 “ A,B,C & F “ “ 200 “ West.
“Z + 5 “ -do – “ “ 200 “ East.
“Z + 6 “ Fire will cease.
(3) Rate of fire, Z to Z +1 min 4 rds per gun per minute.
Z+1 to Z +3 “ 2 “ “ “ “ “
Z+ 3 to Z +6 “ 4 “ “ “ “ “
E & D Barrages will fire 3 rds per gun per minute throughout.
(4) Ammunition. All except E & D Barrages 50% H.E. & Shrapnel
E & D Barrages Shrapnel.

(b) 4.5 Hows.
(1) From Zero to Z+6 mins.
86th Bty. DEVILS TRENCH I.32.a.00.50. to I.32.a.10.20. and short
trench about I.32.a.20.30.
D/48 Bty. GUN TRENCHI.32.a.40.50. to BIT LANE (inclusive).
D/23 Bty. FUZE TRENCH and shell holes about I.26.c.60.30.
128th Bty. SUNKEN ROAD I.26.c.00.50. – I.25.d.70.95. –
I.26.a.10.10. –Shell holes about I.26.a.15.25.
4.5 Hows will search and sweep to cover as much of the objectives shown as possible.
(2) Rate of fire:- 3 rds per gun per minute.
(3) Ammunition:- H.E., 106 Fuze.
(c) 6” Hows.
As many 6” Hows as are available will fire from Zero to Z + 6 as rapidly as possible with 106 Fuzes on GRENADE TRENCH & BIT LANE from GUN TRENCH to PELVES.
(5) Harassing fire will be carried out daily as before, except that no Chemical Shell will be fired. ¾ Ammunition to be fired by night.

(6) Ammunition allotment exclusive of operations in para 1, 2, 3 & 4.

HARASSING FIRE. CALIBRATION ETC.
* 18 pdrs. 4.5 Hows. * 18 pdrs. 4.5 Hows.
23rd Bde. 1400 100 250 75
29th Bde. 1200 150 250 50
32nd Bde. 1200 150 250 75

* 50% H.E. and Shrapnel.
A special allotment of 300 rounds 18-pdr and 200 rounds 4.5” How. Is made to 29th and 32nd Bdes for neutralizing trench mortar fire if required.
(7) ACKNOWLEDGE.

C.C.S. Blower MAJOR R.A.
BRIGADE MAJOR, 4th DIVISIONAL ARTILLERY.
15th July, 1917.