One hundred years ago on 24 June 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:
The enemy Artillery activity considerably above normal today, both on our trenches and points in rear.
During the morning the 36, 33rd and 43rd Battery positions in VIMY, were quite heavily shelled with 5.9s.
Our Feint Barrage was laid down at 10 a.m., as per O.O.No.89 and was observed to be accurately placed and well distributed. There was no heavy retaliation, on our front, but our Left Division received a severe shelling afterwards. There were scattered bursts of trench mortar and artillery fire during the night. Our Batteries retaliated in each case.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
Fort George – Point barrage was put on the enemy’s trenches at 10.00 a.m. and was reported as satisfactory. The enemy’s retaliation on our trenches was very slight but our Batteries in VIMY were heavily shelled throughout the morning. In the evening the 3rd. Brigade C.F.A. moved into action as ordered in O.O. 103. O.O. 108 was issued.
Ammunition Expended. A:839. AX 283. BX 354. BCBR 46. Guns in Action. 69.18.pdrs. 16.4.5” Hows. 2” T.M.2
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
Fired 50 rounds on Bridge at N25b8.7. Obtained 5 o.Ks. but bridge was not demolished. Fired several rounds on House in KLEU DIT LEAUVETTE.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Successful shoots carried out on wire and trenches. Carried out feint barrage at 10 a.m. Barrage at 7 p.m. by Corps on our left very effective. Could be seen from these H.Q. Barrage at 9.30 p.m. in support of 10th. Cdn Inf. Bde. Raid. Operation successful.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - Weather, fair.
Feint Barrage (Artillery Order No.39) by all 18-pdrs. And 4.5” Hows. On Canadian Corps front.
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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