One hundred years ago on 28 May 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 planes particularly active during morning: crossing our lines a number of times. Enemy Artillery has been active again today, shelling VIMY and back areas in the vicinity of VIMY RIDGE. Our Batteries have been engaged in registration during most of the day.
Addendum to May 27th – The Raid of the 43rd. Battalion was not a success. They were unable to reach the German Trenches owing to encountering stiff opposition from an enemy’s strong point.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force war diary records:
At 2.p.m. today we started a shoot on a Machine Gun Emplacement close to the front line at M36d 8.1 by ground observation., 22 Rounds had been fired when the shoot was stopped as it was found that our Infantry had not been warned of this shoot and were still in the line before this Machine Gun Emplacement, and were in danger from short rounds, Fortunately nothing serious happened and the Infantry were then moved back and we continued our shoot at 4.55 p.m. The shoot was considered successful 1 Direct hit knocking off the right hand corner of the Emplacement and several rounds falling very close badly damaged the pit. We had two short Rounds at 6.p.m. and the shoot was then stopped on account of this.
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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