One hundred years ago on 7 November 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 at intervals. The enemy aircraft was much more active than usual, and several large flights were observed, but none of his machines ventured very low. About 9.30 am four GOTHAS flew over and dropped bombs in the vicinity of WIELTJE, causing a few casualties among the battery ammunition pack trains. A counter - attack was suspected last night at about 6.45 pm. Our batteries opened promptly and no attack developed. The enemy continues to bomb the wagon lines at night and also does considerable shelling with a long range gun, but few casualties have as yet been inflicted at our wagon line.
Operation Order #122 was issued today outlining preparation for the continuation of attack by the CANADIAN CORPS.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
CANAL BANK YPRES - 8th Army Brigade C.F.A. was transferred to tactical control of C.R.A. 2nd C.D.A. at 5.00 PM, O.O.153. Visibility was good at times, and there was a great deal of aerial activity, the enemy apparently endeavouring to locate our front line. Most of his artillery fire was in the vicinity of the front line, but the artillery activity was very much below normal. O.O.153, temporary change in Zone boundaries.
NO. OF GUNS IN ACTION – 69 18-pdrs. 22 4.5” Howrs
AMMUNITION EXPENDED – A.12198 – AX.3567 – BX .2305– BCBR. 344 – AS.100.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
YPRES - At 5.30a.m. we opened up on barrage fire. 500 yards east of R.F.A. line in V29b 75.45 to V24d 70.70. Both Guns were in action and 44 Rounds were fired. 8.22 a.m. to 8.50 a.m. Fired 8 Rounds on Farm in V24b (?)5.95. During the afternoon 100 Rounds were fired in areas V24b 10.10 top V24d 35.00.
Firing was kept up nearly all night principally on Roads at V24c 95.20 – 82.75. 100 Rounds being fired.
A letter of congratulation on the splendid work performed on Nov 6th by the Artillery of the 33rd H.A.G. was received to-day from Lt Col. Castle, O.C 33rd W.A.G.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
IN THE FIELD - Art'y Order #103 issued. Medium and heavy hows. maintained harassing fire throughout the day on all approaches and centers of activity in enemy areas, and co-operated in corps barrages, morning and afternoon. Counter-batteries: bad weather prevented observed shoots, and bursts of fire on hostile bty. areas were substituted. 40 hostile btys. were harassed. 3 N.F. and 3 G.F. calls were replied to with good effect. Hostile art'y normal during the night and morning; some barrage fire on front line and support area.
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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