One hundred years ago on 20 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. Only one enemy aeroplane and one enemy balloon were seen all day. Very little enemy movement was seen either in the forward or rear areas. An conjunction with an attack on the right Operation Order 101 was carried out on our front at 4.36 am. The enemy did not retaliate very heavily but put on several concentrated shoots during the day on our front lines and supports. Several enemy batteries fired all day long on our battery positions in the rear.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
BRAQUEMONT - Visibility fair. Aerial activity normal. One of our scouts was engaged by German planes in the early morning and was pursued across our lines but made good it's escape. Enemy barraged our front line about 4.30 a.m. in retaliation and during the day fired heavily on our battery positions and rear positions. Our artillery, both heavy and field was active all day. Considerable movement can be seen at long ranges, very few moving targets being fired on by field guns today. Ammunition expended A.641. AX.106. HX.841. Guns in action 39 18-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 – Concentrations and trench destruction program carried out. Day generally quiet.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER: Mainly fair and bright. Same program as for 19th instant.
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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