One hundred years ago on 7 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:
No aeroplanes or balloons observed today. Hostile artillery below normal. Considerable movement of men was observed in N.31.1. and around the BOIS DE QUATORES. This movement was fired on and one man believed to have been killed.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
BRAQUEMONT - Visibility very poor. This interfered with artillery operations, and the front was quiet. During the night the enemy shelled roads and wagon lines areas quite heavily. High velocity 6" shells fell near mines in BRAQUEMONT, doing no damage.
Ammunition expended A.55., HX. 706. Guns in action 32 18-pdrs., 4 13-pdrs., 18 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 – Feint barrage at 6.20 p.m. 5th, 9th, 72nd and 260th, SB. RGA. had very successful shoots on CHICORY Trench, Tunnel, and brick pile containing M.G.E's.
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 - Dull and misty. Visibility nil, clearing in afternoon. Considerable neutralization and harassing fire. ANGRES ROAD shelled by enemy fairly heavily about 10.30 p.m.
Ammunition expended:- 60-pr. 8”How 6”How 9.2”How 4.5”How
539 126 576 210 787
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER: Overcast & misty becoming bright & warm.
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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