Defence Scheme 17 Feb 1917

SECRET.

Right Group No. S/540

 

To

The Brigade Major R.A.

3rd Australian Divisional Artillery.

 

Reference BM/S62

 

DEFENCE SCHEME.

 

Section 6 Last Para.  It is presumed that “O.Ps” refers only to such O.Ps as are being used as Night O.Ps.  The establishment of telephonists does not permit of all O.Ps being manned at night nor do I consider that it would be of any value.

 

Section 7 Para 4.  as far as this Group is concerned it is impossible to establish visual signalling between O.Ps and Group Head Quarters

 

Section 14. Should not squares I.21. and I.27. be included in those allotted to the Right Group?  I presume that the 3rd New Zealand Field Artillery Brigade are responsible for O2 – 3 and 8 and I.26-31-32 and 33.

 

Section 16. Line 5.  Should not this read “from I.17.d.3.7. to I.9.c.6.4.”

 

Appendix I.  Right Group Head Quarters are situated at I.1.c.10.60.

Trenches on our Front are not now called by numbers. They are known by names of localities and Gaps.

 

Appendix II.  I.7.b.90.82. is incorrect.

I.7.b.98.98. 4 guns (2 others could be put in houses adjacent).   I.7.b.85.80. 2 guns firing North of our Front.

H.24.c.18.15. should be H.24.c.16.18.

 

Appendix IV. Night Lines of No 1 Howitzer of D/175 should be at I.27.a.43.85. instead of I.27.a.46.88.

 

Appendix V.  What is rate of fire please?

 

Para 1. 2 4.5” Hows. of H.E.6 should bombard Cross Roads and Trenches at Le QUESNE.

 

Appendix V. Para 2.  For I.16.b.6.0. to I.11.c.4.0. read I.11.b.6.0. to I.17.c.48.00..  For I.17.a.4.3. to I.11.c.4.0. read I.17.a.00.30. to I.11.c.48.00.

 

Appendix V. Para 3.  For I.21.d.20.48. read I.21.d.20.43.

 

Appendix VI.  H.T.M. position is I.15.c.99.76.

Maximum arc on Enemy Front Line I.22.a.25.51. to I.21.c.89.55.

 

 

Medium Trench Mortars.

Pin Point in Enemy Front Line.

POSITION                             ARC OF FIRE.

North               South

I.16.b.08.40.                            I.16.b.83.10. to I.16.d.60.96.

I.16.c.70.92.                            I.16.d.57.82. to I.16.d.20.36.

I.16.c.68.89.                            I.16.d.60.94. to I.16.d.20.44.

I.15.d.92.47.                           I.22.a.66.80. to I.22.a.28.57.

I.15.d.75.34.                           I.22.a.50.80. to I.22.a.10.41.

I.21.b.10.87.                            I.21.b.80.20. to I.21.b.14.11.

I.21.c.08.82.                            I.21.c.90.54. to I.21.c.48.11.

I.20.d.60.62.                           I.21.c.75.25. to I.21.c.16.00.

I.20.d.58.40.                           I.27.a.17.98. to I.26.b.99.82.

 

2 Positions firing into NO MAN’S LAND ONLY

I.15.c.80.64.

I.15.c.48.22.

 

Appendix VII.  Correction B/175 H.1.d.40.38.

Omissions H.Q. 175th Bde R.F.A. G.12.b.90.20.

175th Bde Amm Col A.29.a.00.30.

 

I.W. Le Cockroft

Major R.F.A.

Cdg Right Group Artillery

17.2.17

Alf Smith postcard 17 Feb 1917

 

Postcard to T. Smith Esq., 24, Palmerston Rd., Bowes Park, London N. Postmarked Felixstowe 8.0 PM 17 FE 17

Union Jack logo on card.

Feb 17th 17

 

Dear Father

 

We are leaving here to-night about 7 P.M. I will keep you posted up, & send you my address as soon as possible. Hope you are all well glad to say I am feeling A.1.  No more news to tell you at present.

Alf

 

 

Alf Smith postcard 15 Feb 1917

Postcard to T. Smith Esq., 24, Palmerston Rd., Bowes Park, London N. Postmarked Felixstowe 8.30 PM 15 FE 17

Feb 15th 17

 

Dear Father

 

Just to let you know we are still at Felixstowe. I do not think we shall leave this week now.

Will write again soon.

Au revoir.

Alf

 

 

 

 

WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 15 February 1917

WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 15 February 1917

 

Extracted from

 

Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda

Correspondence

—————–

to day. I shall have to spend my afternoon visiting batteries, and the trenches.

 

R.P. February 15 1917.

We have been busy here lately as no doubt you have seen from the papers. The Boche has been making a noise, and we have not let them have it all their own way.  The work is interesting as we hear all that is going on round about us.

 

My servant has gone to hospital with blood poisoning, so I shall not see him for some time if ever.

 

The spring will mean another push, but I hope it will not prove as costly as the last. The papers seem to be expecting something, and no doubt the Boche knows all about it if anything has been decided upon by the Higher Command.  Anyway we are looking forward to it, buoyed up by the hope that it will be successful at last.  I must try and get my leave before it comes along.

 

It is a fine day here today. I was up in the trenches yesterday, and hope to be up there again tomorrow.

 

I am dining out tonight at another Brigade Headquarters not a great distance away. It is extraordinary the number of men you get to know from all over the world, especially when not always occupied in the line.

 

Really interesting news I am not allowed to relate, and there is nothing else to write about.

Table A 14 Feb 1917

No Target Battery Rounds Target Battery Rounds RETALIATION FOR
E.1 I.27.a.55.70 B/175 48 I.27.a.55.70 D/175 24 PARK GAP & LOCALITY.   WILLOW GAP & LOCALITY.
E.2 I.26.b.9.3. B/175 48 I.26.b.9.3. D/175 24 Ditto
E.3 I.27.a.7.3. B/175 48 I.27.a.7.3. D/175 24 Ditto
F.1 MANAGERS HSE B/175

A/175

24

24

MANAGERS HSE D/175 24 RUE de BOIS LOCALITY & GAP.
F.2 I.21.d.2.4. A/175 48 I.21.d.2.4. D/175 24 Ditto
F.3 I.21.b.65.00. A/175 48 I.21.b.65.00. D/175 24 Ditto
G.1 I.21.b.9.0. A/175 48 I.21.b.9.0. D/175 24 SALOP LOCALITY & GAP.   WINEDALE LOCALITY.  Southern HALF of COWGATE LOCALITY.
G.2 I.22.a.40.45. A/175 48 I.22.a.40.45. D/175 24 Ditto
G.3 LARGE FARM A/175

I/R.H.A.

24

24

LARGE FARM D/175 24 Ditto
H.1 I.22.b.15.80 I/R.H.A. 48 I.22.b.15.80 D/175 24 COWGATE LOCALITY & GAP: LILLE Rd LOCALITY; CHARDS FARM LOCALITY.
H.2 I.16.d.40.45. I/R.H.A. 48 I.16.d.40.45. D/175 24 GAP A.
H.3 I.16.d.55.65. I/R.H.A. 48 I.16.d.55.65. D/175 24 Trenches I.16.1.,2 & 3.
W I.28.c.8.4. B/175

A/175

24

24

I.28.c.6.5. D/175 24 BACK AREA OF RIGHT BATTALION
X Triangle of trenches I.23.a.2.2. to 4.0. A/175

I/R.H.A.

24

24

House I.23.a.4.0. D/175 24 BACK AREA OF LEFT BATTALION
Y LA FLEUR D’ECOSSE B/175 24

24

LA FLEUR D’ECOSSE D/175 24 Billets
Z PREMESQUES B/175

I/R.H.A.

24

24

PREMESQUES D/175 24 Billets

 

APPENDIX I 14 Feb 1917

APPENDIX I

 

Map Squares of How. Targets.

 

I.26.b.95.40.                Trench Junction.                                  )

I.26.b.85.75.                     “           “                                        )

I.27.a.0.7.                    Nest of Trenches                                 )

I.27.a.45.85.                Trench Junction.                                  )

I.21.c.85.00.                Trench & Rly.                                     )

I.21.c.95.15.                Trench Junction.                                  )

I.21.c.8.2.                    Junction of Road & Front Line.         )  Marked “A” on Map.

I.21.d.20.45.               Trench Junction.                                  )

I.21.d.3.7.                          “         “                                         )

I.21.d.45.75.                      “         “                                         )

I.21.b.45.30.                       “         “                                         )

I.21.b.7.2.                           “         “                                         )

I.22.a.15.15.                       “         “                                         )

 

Also any known M.G. & T.M. Emplacements

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I.22.a.4.4.                    Trench Junction.                                  )

I.22.a.75.60.                SNIPERS HOUSE                             )

I.22a.75.85.                 Road & Front Line.                            )

I.22.a.95.80.                Trench Junction.                                  )

I.16.d.25.50.               Road & Front Line.                            )

I.16.d.35.40.               Trench & Road.                                  )

I.16.d.5.5.                   Trench Junction.                                  )  Marked “B” on Map.

I.16.d.6.7.                          “         “                                         )

I.16.d.60.95.               Salient.                                                )

I.16.d.75.90.               Trench Junction.                                  )

I.17.a.0.0.                           “         “                                         )

I.17.a.12.12.                       “         “                                         )

I.22.a.2.2.                    Ditch & Support Line.                       )

 

Also any known M.G. & T.M. Emplacements

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I.27.a.1.4.                    Trench Junction.                                  )

I.27.a.5.2.                    Trench & Tram Line                            )

I.22.a.5.7.                    Loop.                                                   )

I.22.a.6.4.                       “                                                      )

I.27.c.9.9.                    Road & Trench.                                  )

I.27.b.25.15.                Railway & Road.                                )

I.27.b.45.90.                Trench Junction.                                  )  Marked “C” on Map.

I.27.b.65.60.                       “         “                                         )

I.22.c.7.4.                           “         “                                         )

I.22.a.55.10.                       “         “     .                                   )

 

I.22.b.30.55.                Point on C.T.                                       )

I.22.b.7.2.                    Battn. H.Q. (?).                                   )

I.16.d.7.2.                   Trench Junction.                                  )  Marked “D” on Map.

I.17.c.35.15.                O.P. (?)                                                )

I.17.c.6.4.                    HINDENBURGH’S House.              )

I.22.a.00.75.                CROSS Roads WEZ MACQUART. )

 

I.33.b.45.85.                Trench Junction                                   )

I.34.a.10.55.                   “         “                                          )

I.34.a.05.25.                HALT.                                                            )

I.27.d.55.45.               Trench Junction.                                  )

I.27.b.7.0.                    PETIT MARAIS.                               )  Marked “E” on Map.

I.28.c.2.7.                    Trench Junction.                                  )

I.28.c.85.40.                DUMP.                                               )

I.29.a.05.20.                Road Junction FLEUR D’ECOSSE. )

 

I.22.d.4.2.                   Road & Trench.                                  )

I.23.a.15.25.                Trench Junction.                                  )

I.22.a.45.00.                House.                                                 )  Marked “F” on Map.

I.23.d.1.6.                   Fme. De L’EPERONNERIE.                        )

I.24.a.35.90.                Road & Trench                                   )

BAS TROU                                        )

 

 

 

Target Zone Chart 14 Feb 1917

SECRET                     TARGETS                                                                  ZONE

 

Area (see map.)                       “I” R.H.A.                              A/175                                      B/175                                      D/175

 

Front Line I.22.a.45.75.          Front Line I.21.c.84.53.          Front Line I.26.b.80.60.             Front Line I.21.b.80.60.

to I.17.a.10.35.                        to I.22.a.50.80                         to I.21.c.92.57.                        to I.17.a.10.35.

RED                Communication Trenches       Communication Trenches       Communication Trenches            Communication Trenches

Support Lines within a line     Support Line within a line      Support Line within a line            Support Line within a line

From I.22.a.78.55. to              from I.21.d.20.25. to              from I.27.a.00.31. to               from I.27.a.00.31. to

I.17.a.28.25.                            I.22.a.85.59.                            I.21.d.26.30.                           I.17.a.28.25.

 

AREA within                          AREA within                          AREA within                          AREA within

I.22.a.78.55. to                        I.21.d.20.25. to                       Line from I.27.a.00.31.            whole of 18-pdr allotment

BLUE             I.17.a.28.25.                            I.22.a.85.59.                            to I.21.d.26.30.                       Communication Trenches

                        I.22.b.43.10. to                       I.27.b.94.60. to                       and DISTILLERY ROAD            CROSS ROADS

                        I.17.c.98.79.                            I.22.b.50.15.                            from I.27.b.99.65.                   HOUSES.

(DISTILLERY Rd)                (DISTILLERY Rd)                to I.27.c.78.40.

Communications                     Communications

Roads : Billets                         Roads : Billets

AREA within                          AREA within                          AREA within                          AREA within

I.22.b.43.10. to                       I.27.b.94.60. to                       DISTILLERY ROAD                        whole of 18-pdr allotment.

BROWN         I.17.c.98.79.                            I.22.b.50.15.                            from I.27.b.99.65 to                Communication Trenches

I.23.d.00.10. to                       I.28.d.50.25. to                       I.27.c.78.40. and line              CROSS ROADS

I.24.a.68.65.                            I.23.d.20.10.                           from I.34.c.10.86. to               HOUSES.

(Chateau                                  Communication                       I.28.d.58.33.

d’Hancandy                            Trenches. Roads

to Bastrou)                              Billets.

Communication Trenches

Roads : Billets

including BASTROU village.