War Diaries - 1917
5th Canadian Siege Battery
Apl 10 - From 5.00 a.m. to 6.30 a.m. we fired 50 Rounds on a machine gun emplacement in S16a 0.9 with fairly good results, there were no direct hits but much material damage was caused to the emplacement. At 7.a.m. plane went up to direct us on hostile battery S26 at S12d 8.15 First few rounds were mostly A’s and B’s but after 16 Rounds plane gave C I on account of a shortage of petrol. About 1.p.m. troops were seen massing for a counter-attack in T13b and d, we immediately switched and fired 40 Rounds into them, Troops were also seen massing in S17b and 18a, these were also dispersed by artillery fire, in which we fired 20 Rounds.
4.55.p.m. plane went up to direct us on (Z4, but we had only fired one round before a heavy snow snowstorm came on, forcing the plane to land. During the night we kept up continuous fire at slow rate on tracks through S17d tp T13c also tracks through S17d to T7b.
31st Battery, 9th Brigade
April 10 - A bombardment was carried out at 6.45 a.m. on enemy trench from S.29.b.4.8 to S.23.d.9.2. This is a new partly dug trench which the enemy were holding with a garrison of 50 men. Our shoot had the desired effect as the Infantry sent out a patrol shortly afterwards and found the trench deserted. NOTE: Attached hereto are letters regarding our part in this affair. – Appendix “C”, At 10.20 a.m. in the neighbourhood of two hundred of the enemy were seen advancing in open order T.14.c and T.20.a. When they reached the vicinity of VIMY STATION they were badly cut up by the Heavy Artillery. Throughout the day our Observation Officers reported Infantry massing in various places. Those within range were effectively with by our 18-Pdrs and 4.5 How Batteries; those further back were engaged at our request by Heavy Artillery and heavy casualties inflicted.
58th Battery, 14th Brigade
April 10th - The usual training carried. Use is being made of miniature range belonging to Infantry. The weather is only fair.