Just back from a quick day in Ypres.
An opportunity to spend some time at the Menin Gate
The Menin Gate lists 477 names for those lost from the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery. The names are listed on panles 5 and 9, either side of the north archway. There are 112 names for those lost from the Royal Garrison Artillery,these being inscribed on panel 9, to the right of the north arch.
Menin Gate - Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Horse Artillery
Menin Gate - Royal Garris
Interesting film of 12 inch howitzers in action, both rail and road, observation from aircraft, then King George V inspecting the 14 inch rail gun "Boche Buster".
Impressed with the drills on the rail howitzer considering it is a 850lb (386kg) shell they are using. Layer at work on his sights, breach being prepared and round loaded whilst the next one is already been hoisted - good concurrent activity. The rate of fire is good, certainly heavy work, but looks a good team.
Air observation whils
When America entered the Great War in 1917, the UD Navy deployed five 14inch / 50 calibre rail guns into France, each gun being a separate battery.
The video of the rail guns in action shows the guns firing, use of aircraft for controlling fire, command post operations, and the administration of the battery
There is a word you often see, pronounce it as you may –
“You bike,” “you bykwee,” “ubbikwee” – alludin’ to R. A.
It serves ‘Orse, Field, an’ Garrison as motto for a crest;
An’ when you’ve found out all it means I’ll tell you ‘alf the rest.
Ubique means the long-range Krupp be’ind the long-range ‘ill –
Ubique means you’ll pick it up an’, while you do, stand still.
Ubique means you’ve caught the flash an’ timed it by the sound.
The Royal Naval dominance of the North Sea reduced the German threat on the coast and the requirement for coastal artillery. This coincided with increased demand for heavy artillery for the Western Front, and skilled RGA gunners to man those guns. Consequently RGA gunners from the coastal batteries were formed into siege batteries for deployment overseas.
The coastal units would also provide the basis for training and the raising of future RGA Batteries.
The following Siege Batteries were for
THE WORK OF THE ARMY VETERINARY CORPS : and how it is helped by the RSPCA
Production date 1916-06-12 Place made GB Object description
The British Army Veterinary Hospital at Neufchâtel, near Dieppe, France, spring 1916.
An unfinished stable at the hospital, "will you help the RSPCA to complete it ?". A group of three horses. A wounded horse being attended to at a mobile veterinary se
Came across this post
Source: The Military Port of Richborough, Sandwich, Kent
The artillery logistic trail stretches from factory to a shell being delivered onto an enemy target. Whilst I have looked at the ammunition supply mechanism in France, and munitions factories ion the UK, never gave much thought to the bit in between, especially the movement across the channel. What I did not realise was a purpose built port was built, and that it operated train ferries. Consequently guns and
THE DESTRUCTION OF A FOKKER : our mobile anti-aircraft guns in action
Anti-aircraft artillery in action.
Appreciate the film is staged managed, so I wonder if AA Artillery did actually chase along the road after aircraft. With everyone in the detachment hanging onto the lorry as it gives chase I could not help thinking it looked like the keystone cops, though 30 seconds from stopping to first round fired is certainly not a comedy routine.
Rousing cheer at the end when they get the Fokker !!!!
Picked this up from a post by David Porter on the renumbering of the Territorrial Force in 1917. David says " I've looked at this aspect for several years and I'm still getting to grips with it" , so even complex for an expert !!
Source: Birmingham and the Royal Field Artillery? .
Some key points:
All Territorial Force RH & RFA were renumbered as per ACI 2198 (Appendix 183) of November 1916 implemented on January 1, 1917.
The renumbering didn't happen during the reorganisation of May
Being looking through England's Last Hope, The Territorial Force, 1908-14 by KW Mitchinson at the Library. GWF Review
The move from a disparate number of units into fully formed Divisions in 6 years would have been quite a task. In the Artillery the upheaval for the coastal units of the RGA would probably have been less, as their role remained unchanged. Having gone through a major role change in more recent times , one can emphasise with the Divisional Artillery. Unfortunately the A
Another excellent find by Mike aka Skipman from the United States Combined Arms Research Library CARL
Study of the artillery support for the landing by the British on Gallipoli on April 25th
CGSS Student Papers, 1930-1936
Study of the artillery support for the landing by the British on Gallipoli on April 25th.
Off to the Somme in April so keen to look at the Royal Artillery aspects of the Battles, and in particular the role in the preliminary bombardment.
The Battle of the Somme saw the largest number of Artillery guns and howitzers in the war so far, however the 12 mile (19km) frontage meant the concentration was less than previous Battles. According to Farndale's , History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery Western Front 1914 - 1918, the artillery power available for the Somme amounted to 1,010
Just been looking at the Counter Battery fire tasks for the preliminary bombardment for the Somme, and reading General Sir Martin Farndales's History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery Western Front 1914-18.
Farndale - History of the Royal Artillery Western Front 1914-18 states " Artillery commanders were obsessed with the need to keep fire immediately in front of the infantry. In doing so, they again allowed counter battery tasks , and ability to switch guns of the barrage to deal with the une
At the begining of World War One Shrapnel was the only shell available for the mainstay of Divisional Artillery, the 18 pounder. The first HE shell was fired in action was 22nd October 1914 near Aubers by 49th Battery RFA. The 18 pounder sharpnel shell contained 375 bullets and it's cone of dispersion was 18 to 30 yards depending upon the range.
Topic Shrapnel Balls
Primarly designed for use against troops in the open, the positional warfare of dug in troops changed
Looking around for information and came accross an excellent post from Rob Clifton detailing the establishments of Heavy and Siege Batteries, as well as the HQ elements.
Source: HOW MANY MEN IN A SEIGE BATTERY
August 1916 Heavy Artillery Battery and Ammunition Column (6 x 60-pounder guns)
Battery: Major, Captain, 4 Subalterns, BSM, BQMS, 8 Serjeants, Farrier-Serjeant, 3 Shoeing-smiths (incl one cpl), 2 Saddlers, 1 Wheeler, 1 Staff-Sjt Fitter, 1 Smith, 7 Corporals, 8 Bombardiers, 110 Gunne