One hundred years ago on 14 August 1917
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of the 9th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade in the 3rd Canadian Division. The 9th Brigade war diary records:
Visibility fair. Enemy aeroplanes very active during the day, several indecisive combats taking place. Three balloons were also up. Enemy artillery more active than usual. Our front lines and supports were intermittently shelled all day and our rear areas with ? Several trains and considerable movement of motor trucks and horsed vehicles were again observed in rear areas around PROVIN.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
BRAQUEMONT - Visibility only fair, but there was considerable aerial activity all day. One enemy balloon was observed. Enemy artillery was more active than usual, considerable attention being paid to our back areas. Our artillery was very active on communication trenches and wire all day. Considerable movement was observed and fired on. Ammunition expended A.434., AS.180., HX.48., N.35. Guns in action 32 18-pdrs., 4 13-pdrs., 12 4.5" Hows.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group for administration and under command 2nd Canadian Heavy Artillery Group for Counter-Battery. Their war diary records:
ANGRES - During the month of August the Battery took part in the capture of Hill 70, also the taking of the Green Crasier and all the fighting on the Lens front. During this time the Battery was twice heavily shelled by 8” and on several occasions we were bombarded with Gas Shells.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Very busy day. Wire and trench destruction, and M.G.N's and T.J's bombarded. Feint barrage at 6.30 p.m.
2nd Canadian Heavy Artillery Group was placed in tactical control of 5th Canadian Siege Battery for counter battery work. The 2nd CHAG war diary records:
X.23.b.1.5 - Fair. Low clouds. Visibility poor. Morning quiet. Hostile artillery getting more active towards evening. A number of successful aeroplane shoots carried out. A great deal of harassing fire.
Ammunition expended:- 60-pr. 8”How 6”How 9.2”How 4.5”How
1746 960 1763 506 2110
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER: fair & warm - thunderstorms later & becoming cooler.
The 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA perpetuates the following sub units:
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force,
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force,
68th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, North Russia Expeditionary Force, was not authorized to be formed until 3 August 1918, and
85th Battery, Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force was not authorized to be formed until 12 July 1918.
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