One hundred years ago on 8 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:
Only one enemy plane up during the day. No balloons observed. Hostile artillery inactive today. Our artillery has been very active on wire cutting in N.31. & N.32. No enemy movement observed.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
BRAQUEMONT - Visibility poor on account of mist and rain. Hostile artillery was below normal, but our artillery carried out much destructive work on wire and trenches during the day, and carried out the usual program of night firing. Only one enemy plane was seen, and very little movement. Ammunition expended A.87., AX.10., HX. 535. Guns in action 32 18-pdrs., 4 13-pdrs., 12 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 – Shoots carried out on Commotion, Alpaca, Salve, Meander and Chicory trenches with usual night firing.
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 - Fair and clear. Visibility fair. Fired on Operation Order 40 at 2.34 a.m. but received cancellation before completion. Considerate harassing fire throughout day and night.
Ammunition expended:- 60-pr. 8”How 6”How 9.2”How 4.5”How
861 81 722 301 996
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER: fair & bright with cloudy intervals, later toward evening, thunderstorm. Personnel of 1 Section of 397th Siege Battery arrived and have been posted to 16th Siege Battery, R.G.A.
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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