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WITH BRITAIN'S MONSTER GUNS IN ACTION

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

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From: "Synchronising watches" and war time

A while ago there were discussion around Time - so vital for the co-ordination of artillery with other arms. Gunner Time was the time of the formation in my days, from Corps (yes we used to have them) down to section . As well as routine time signals, it was normal to request time before any fireplan in order that the exact time could be confirmed. Gunner Time I came across this post (thanks jhill) which outlines the precise mechanism ordered by the Canadian Corps. Interestingly they required

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Evolution of field artillery tactics, technique, and organization on the western front during the World War

From the United States Combined Arms Research Library CARL Evolution of field artillery tactics, technique, and organization on the western front during the World War http://cgsc.contentd...ilename/945.pdf Collection CGSS Student Papers, 1930-1936 Title Evolution of field artillery tactics, technique, and organization on the western front during the World War. Author Griner, George W. Abstract T

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Study of the artillery support for the landing by the British on Gallipoli on April 25th

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 http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p4013coll14/id/375 Collection CGSS Student Papers, 1930-1936 Title Study of the artillery support for the landing by the British on Gallipoli on April 25th.

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Remembered Today: Gunner Horace ROBERTS RGA who died on 13th July 1918

Remembered Today: Gunner Horace ROBERTS, 41st Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery who died on 13th July 1918, Vignacourt British Cemetery CWGC Information ROBERTS, HORACE Rank: Gunner Service No: 124050 Date of Death: 13/07/1918 Age: 21 Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery 41st Siege Bty. Grave ReferenceIV. B. 18. Cemetery VIGNACOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Thomas H. and Esther Elizabeth Roberts, of 4, Bango

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Artillery Driver and Horse

From the First World War Centenary Photo of the Day - June 13th 1918 Lets hope both made it through the forthcoming months and survived.

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Sad Disaster D/312 Battery 26-May-1917

Came accross an account from the War services of the 62nd West Riding Divisional Artillery whilst researching one of those remembered on Remembered Today. In one incident D/312 battery lost two officers, all thier number ones and experienced soldiers. A tragic loss of life that removed many of the key elements for the running of an efficient battery. Thanks to ororkep aka Paul the war diary entry has been recorded on another post: http://1914-1918.inv...23 26/5/17, at St. Mein. Time 1.30pm.

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Remembered Today: Gunner 48865 RFA John BOYD who died 26 May 1917

Remembered Today: Gunner 48865 John BOYD, D Battery 312 Bgde Royal Field Artillery, HAC Cemetery Ecoust-St Main CWGC Information BOYD, JOHN Rank: Gunner Service No: 48865 Date of Death: 26/05/1917 Age: 29 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "D" Bty. 312th Bde. Grave Reference III. B. 26. Cemetery H.A.C. CEMETERY, ECOUST-ST. MEIN Additional Information: Son of Patrick and Ellen Boyd, of Knockmo

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From: The 500 series Howitzer batteries raised in 1916

As ever stirling work by David Porter on the Territorial numbering system (yes there was definitely one). In this case the TF Training schools were tasked to produce a number of Howitzer Batteries. These were numbered in the 500 series (which Frederick's Lineage records as New Army units), however as david has found out the men from these Batteries were brought under the administration of the Territorial County Associations. Source: The 500 series Howitzer batteries raised in 1916

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Remembered Today: Lieutenant John Horsley MITCHELL, RGA who died on 19th May 1917

Remembered Today: Lieutenant John Horsley MITCHELL, 305th Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery who died on 19th May 1917, Maple Leaf Cemetery CWGC INFORMATION MITCHELL, JOHN HORSLEY Rank: Lieutenant Date of Death: 19/05/1917 Age: 35 Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery 305th Siege Bty. Grave Reference H. 4. Cemetery MAPLE LEAF CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Alfred and Catherine Mitchell; Husband of

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From: Royal Horse Artillery in Training: Pathe Film 1910-1919

A fascinating find by Martin G. It starts with drill on the square at the Royal Artillery Barracks Woolwich, something I was familiar with, then onto gun drill which looks like the drill sheds near Repository Road. The Battery comming into action is fascinating. It certainly brings home the importance of horses as they dominate the scene. The battery Commander riding in the lead, director deployed, then the battery comes into action. It looks to be a full battery including the ammuni

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Remembered Today: Gunner William George VIZER who died on 12th May 1918

Remembered Today: Gunner William George VIZER, 157th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery who died on 12th May 1918, Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil CWGC Information VIZER, WILLIAM GEORGE Rank: Gunner Service No: 78473 Date of Death: 12/05/1918 Age: 26 Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery 157th Siege Bty. Grave Reference I. H. 2. Cemetery SANDPITS BRITISH CEMETERY, FOUQUEREUIL Additional Information:

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Somme - 9.2 inch Howitzer

A 9.2-inch Howitzer bombards the Germans before the infantry attack: filmed by the British War Office during the Battle of the Somme (1916) http://youtu.be/acfAskCHE-0

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4th Highland Mountain Brigade, RGA

A number of postings have been made reagrding the 4th Highland Mountain Brigade RGA and it's constituent sub units. An excellent photo from Mike (aka CSMMo) shows the 4th Highland Mountain Brigade with TOS and RA badge. Having spent a considerable time wearing a TOS / Balmoral as a Gunner I thought this was unique to 204 (Tyneside Scottish) Battery Royal Artillery. On the formation of the Territorial Force, the 4th (Highland) Mountain Brigade RGA was the only Royal Garrison Artillery Brigade

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Artillery - First principles of tactics and organisation

As ever an interesting find by Mike aka Skipman. First principles of tactics and organisation, with reference to the Field service regulations; for officers and N.C.O.'s of the New Army Special Reserve and Territorial Forces (1915) http://archive.org/d...pleso00sleeuoft An interesting and informative background to the Operation of the British Army, though more in keeping with 1914 - open manoeuvre warefare. However I am not sure how much use some of the information would be in 1915 for those

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Remembered Today : Gunner Frederick William HITCHMOUGH Royal Garrison Artillery who died on 8th April 1917

Remembered Today: Gunner Frederick William HITCHMOUGH, 255th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery who died on 8th April 1917, Soissons Communal Cemetery CWGC Information HITCHMOUGH, FREDERICK WILLIAM Rank:GunnerService No: 114467 Date of Death: 08/04/1917 Age: 38 Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery 255th Siege Bty. Grave Reference Mil. 3. 6. Cemetery SOISSONS COMMUNAL CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of William and Susan H

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Remembered Today: Driver Ernest Edward CROPLEY, 121st Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Remembered Today: Driver Ernest Edward CROPLEY, 121st Brigade Royal Field Artillery who died on 20th March 1917, Ferme-Olivier Cemetery CWGC Information CROPLEY, ERNEST EDWARD Rank: Driver Service No: 3827 Date of Death: 20/03/1917 Age: 22 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "B" Bty. 121st Bde. Grave ReferencePlot 3. Row B. Grave 13. Cemetery FERME-OLIVIER CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Cropley,

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Remembered Today: Bombardier Ellis WOODLEY who died on 7th March 1916, Bethune Town Cemetery

Remembered Today: Bombardier Ellis WOODLEY, 163rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery who died on 7th March 1916, Bethune Town Cemetery CWGC Information WOODLEY, ELLIS Rank: Bombardier Service No: 14450 Date of Death: 07/03/1916 Age: 22 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "C" Bty. 163rd Bde. Grave Reference: V. A. 86. Cemetery: BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Barnard and Kate Woodley, of Castle C

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