29th Divisional Artillery Order No. 25. 27 September 1917

Copy No 24
29th Divisional Artillery Order No. 25.
Secret.
27th September 1917.

In continuation of 29th Divisional Artillery Order No. 24 dated 26-9-17.

1. The 29th Division extend their front to the South on 28th September, on which day a Battalion of 86th Infantry Brigade will take over the line from U.17.c.75.25. to U.23.b.45.40. from 20th Division.
The command of the new portion of the line passes to G.O.C. 29th Division as soon as the above relief is completed on 28th September.

2. Attached map shows in yellow the new southern boundary of 29th Division.

3. 29th Divisional Artillery will be responsible for the artillery support of the Infantry holding the new line from 6 pm September 28th.

4. A. At 6 pm. September 28th 91st Brigade R.F.A. will come under the orders of 29th Divisional Artillery for tactical purposes. 91st Brigade will revert to the command of RIGHT ARTILLERY as soon as Guards D.A. are in the line and 11th and 15th Brigades have completed registration on their new S.O.S Lines.
Dispositions of 91st Brigade R.F.A. are as under –
H.Q., 91Brigade R.F.A. – C.19.a.00.30.
A/91Bty R.F.A. – C.8.b.09.17.
B/91 “ “ – C.8.d.10.40.
C/91 “ “ – C.8.a.80.23.
D/91 “ “ – C.8.a.83.83.

B. A/65 465 D/65 505 (18-pdr) batteries move into action on the nights 28th/29th, 29th/30th September and 30th Sept/1st October. On coming into action they will come under the orders of O.C., 15th Brigade R.H.A.

5. ZONES. Until the 91st Brigade R.F.A. reverts to the command of RIGHT ARTILLERY the Divisional front will be divided into four Sectors, “W”, “X”, “Y” & “Z” as under, for all artillery purposes.

Sector “W”. U.24.a.0.8. to V.13.a.1.9. to U.12.c.9.2. to U.17.d.25.65.
18-pdr S.O.S. Line – U.24.a.0.8. – U.17.d.73.32. – U.17.d.25.65.
4.5” Hows. S.O.S. Tasks –
1 Section – U.18.c.25.50. – 106 Fuzes.
2 Sections – U.18.c.95.52. – U.18.c.80.80. 106 Fuzes.

Sector “X”. U.17.d.25.65. – U.12.c.9.2. – U.11.d.7.7. – U.16.d.6.6.
18-pdr S.O.S. Line – U.17.d.25.65. – U.16.d.6.6.
4.5” How S.O.S. Tasks –
1Section. – Search Railway from U.17.b.80.10. – U.18.a.35.60. 106 Fuzes.
1Section – Search LEOPARD AVENUE from U.17.a.5.3. to U.17.a.8.8.
106 Fuzes.
1 Section – Search from Cross road at U.17.a.05.25. to U.17.a.45.76.
106 Fuzes.
Sector “Y” U.16.d.6.6. – U.11.d.7.7. – U.11.a.6.1. to U.16.c.5.9.
18-pdr S.O.S. Line – Along BROENBEEK from U.16.d.6.6. to U.16.c.5.9.
4.5” How S.O.S. Tasks –
2 Sections – Search from U.16. central to U.16.b.35.55. 106 Fuzes.
1 Section – Search from U.16.a.32.10. to U.16.a.15.20. 106 Fuzes.

Sector “Z” U.16.c.5.9. – U.11.a.6.1. – U.10.b.60.55. to U.15.b.4.5.
18-pdr S.O.S. Line – Along BROENBEEK from U.16.c.5.9. – U.15.b.4.5.
4.5” How S.O.S. Tasks –
1 Section – Search from U.16.a.32.10. – to Cemetery U.16.a.60.50.
106 Fuzes.
2 Sections – Search area from NEY COPSE at U.15.b.70.50 –
U.15.b.55.60. to the N.E. up to and including track U.15.b.80.70. 106 Fuzes.
These sectors are allotted as under –
Period
Sector “W”
Sector “X”
Sector “Y”
Sector “Z”
From Till
6pm Sep/28
1pm Oct 1st
4pm Oct 1st
12noon Oct 2nd 1pm Oct 1st
4pm Oct 1st
12noon Oct 2nd
91st Bde revert to Right Arty 91 Bde RFA
91 “ “

91 “ “

91 “ “

11 Bde RFA
11 “ “

15 Bde RHA
74 “ RFA 17Bde RFA
17 “ “

17 “ “

17 “ “ 15Bde RHA
75 Bde RFA.
75 “ “

75 “ “

B. When the 91st Brigade R.F.A. revert to the command of RIGHT ARTILLERY the Divisional front will be divided into two Sectors for all artillery purposes.
These Sectors will be as under –
RIGHT GROUP SECTOR. Allotted to Right Group (composition as shown in para 2 of 29th Divisional Artillery Order No. 24 dated 26-9-17)
Area U.24.a.0.8. – V.13.a.1.9. – U.12.c.9.2. – U.17.d.25.65.
18-pdr S.O.S. Line U.24.a.0.8. – U.17.d.73.32. – U.17.d.25.65.

LEFT GROUP SECTOR. Allotted to Left Group (composition as shown in para 2 of 29th Divisional Artillery Order No. 24 dated 26-9-17)
Area U.17.d.25.65. – U.12.c.9.2. – U.10.b.60.55. U.15.b.4.5.
18-pdr S.O.S. Line – U.17.d.25.65. to U.16.d.6.6. – thence along BROENBEEK to U.14. U.15.b.4.5.

6. GROUPS. RIGHT & LEFT GROUP HEADQUARTERS will not commence to operate as GROUP H.Q. (as detailed in para 2 of 29th D.A. Order No. 24 dated 23-9-17.) until the 91st Brigade R.F.A. reverts to the command of RIGHT ARTILLERY, but all orders etc for Brigade will be sent to RIGHT & LEFT GROUP H.Q. for distribution after 4 p.m. September 28th.

7. REGISTRATION. A. 11th Brigade R.F.A. will commence to register the guns in their present positions at once on the S.O.S. Line and area opposite the new front referred to in para 1 of this Order. 15th Brigade R.H.A. will complete this registration immediately on taking over these positions from 11th Brigade R.F.A. on October 1st.
15th Brigade R.H.A. will report by wire to this office the completion of the registration of the S.O.S. line in the new area by “B”, “L” and Warwick batteries.

B. On October 2nd 11th Brigade R.F.A. will commence registration of their batteries in their new positions on the S.O.S. Line and area opposite the new front referred to in para 1 of this Order.
11th Brigade R.F.A. will report by wire to this office the completion of the registration of the S.O.S. Line in this new area.

C. 15th Brigade R.H.A. will arrange for A/65 and B/65 batteries to register on the S.O.S. Line and area opposite the new front referred to in para 1 of this Order as soon as possible, commencing October 2nd.

8. A. Except when special orders are issued from this office 18-pdr batteries of
11th Brigade R.F.A. will only fire from the forward positions in square U.26. for necessary registration and in case of S.O.S.
B. Except when special orders are issued from this office A/65 and D/65
batteries R.F.A. will only open fire for necessary registration. They will not open fire for S.O.S unless special orders are issued from this office.
C. Whilst A/65, D/65 batteries and the 18-pdr batteries of 11th Brigade R.F.A.
from their new positions are registering Os.C. 11th and 15th Brigades must arrange for other batteries in Left Artillery to fire so that enemy sound ranging detachments will not be able to take a record of the forward guns. Os.C. 11th and 15th Brigades will arrange this co-operation direct with Os.C. other Brigades in Left Artillery who must give all possible assistance.

9. LIAISON.
A. The present arrangement regarding a senior liaison officer with Infantry
Brigade H.Q. will be continued until the 91st Brigade R.F.A. reverts to the command of RIGHT ARTILLERY. Fresh orders will be issued as necessary regarding the detailing of this officer after this time.
B. (i). From night September 28th/29th until the 91st Brigade R.F.A. reverts to the command of RIGHT ARTILLERY Artillery Liaison Officers detailed as below will remain at Battalion Headquarters nightly from dusk to 8 a.m.
With Right Battalion in the line (H.Q. U.23.c.1.2.) Officer from 11th Brigade R.F.A.
With Centre Battalion in the line (H.Q. U.22.c.05.15.) Officer from 15th Brigade R.H.A.
With Left Battalion in the line (H.Q. U.21.a.65.25.) Officer from 17th Brigade R.F.A.
(ii) When 91st Brigade R.F.A. reverts to the command of RIGHT ARTILLERY these officers will be detailed as below:-
With Right Battalion in the line – RIGHT GROUP.
With Centre and Left Battalions in the line – LEFT GROUP.

10. COMMUNICATIONS. Instructions regarding communications will be issued to Officer i/c 29th D.A. Signals direct to Group and Brigade Signal Officers.

It will be necessary for 15th Brigade R.H.A. to keep an officer from A/65 or D/65 batteries and runners from A/65 and D/65 batteries at 15th Brigade H.Q. in order to maintain communication with these batteries when telephone lines are broken.

11. ACKNOWLEDGE by wire.

Signature unreadable
Captain R.A.
Brigade Major, 29th Divl. Artillery.
Copies 1 11th Bde R.F.A.
2 15th “ R.H.A.
3 17th “ R.F.A.
4 74th “ “
5 75th “ “
6 Guards D.A.
7 29 D.A.C.
8 Guards D.A.C.
9 R.A. XIV Corps.
10 H.A. XIV Corps.
11 Col Budgen.
12 Capt Vuaflart.
13 Right Arty.
14 29th Divn ‘G’
15 86th Inf Bde.
16 87th “ “
17 88th “ “
18 91st Bde. R.F.A.
19 A/65 Bty “
20 D/65 “ “
21 Sigs. 29th D.A.
22 “ 29th Division.

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