One hundred years ago on 5 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. One enemy plane up in the afternoon. No balloons observed. Enemy artillery below normal. Our artillery active on enemy front line and support trenches. Large numbers of the enemy were observed on the road in X.13.b. and 4. and were engaged by our Heavies. Considerable traffic of horsed vehicles and motor cars were observed on the A ? road n O.S.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
BRAQUEMONT - Weather good and visibility much improved. British and enemy aeroplanes were active during the afternoon. Considerable enemy movement was observed and some new work observed. Artillery was normal on both sides.
Guns in action 32 18-pdrs., 4 13-pdrs., 12 4/5" how. Ammunition expended A. 98, HX 290.
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 – Rainy. Usual harassing fire and concentrations. Feint barrage on 6th. at 7.10 p.m. Two successful map shoots on CHICORY Trench carried out by 260th, RGA. and 9th Canadian Siege Battery.
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 - visibility poor. Considerable harassing fire. A number of aeroplane targets engaged successfully.
Ammunition expended:- 60-pr. 8”How 6”How 9.2”How 4.5”How
530 192 1127 253 425
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER: mainly fair & bright with morning mist. Personnel of 1 Section 403rd Siege Battery arrived 5.8.17 & posted to 102nd Siege Battery. Personnel of 402nd Siege Battery arrived 5.8.17 & is posted 1 Section to each of the 17th and 68th Siege Batteries.
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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