One hundred years ago on 14 July 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:
Day and night normal. O.O.No.96 was issued to-day providing for Artillery support for a projection of gas to be accomplished by the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade. The 36th and 43rd Batteries are to fire gas shell in five minute bursts and the 45th Battery will scatter shrapnel as suggested by G.H.Q., in order to make the enemy keep to his trenches where the gas is thickest.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
CHATEAU DE LA HAIE – Visibility fairly good during the day. Enemy aircraft active. Enemy artillery below normal during the day but occasionally above normal during the night. Enemy movement was fired on and the usual work done by our Artillery.
Ammunition Expended. A:895. AX 737 BX 794. BCBR.100 Guns in Action. 86. 18.pdrs. 36. 4.5”Hows.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
To-day fired 200 rounds on Hostile Battery MK 40 at M16ds8.47, with aeroplane observation. Fired 26 rounds during ranging and 174 rounds for effect.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – This period was fairly quiet. Trench and Counter Battery programmes were carried out daily as per attached reports. Our observation balloons were hit by enemy shrapnel on several occasions and occupants forced to descend by parachutes.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER:- Bright & warm – some rain.
The following Artillery Units transferred from Third Army to First Army and allotted to Canadian Corps :-
H.Q. 78th H.A.G., 16th, 17th, 88th, 102nd, 226th, 337th, (6” How) Siege Batteries, and 96th (9.2”How.) Siege Battery.
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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