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From: The Infantry cannot Do With a Gun Less

As ever Mike aka skipman has highlighted an excellent on line source: Source: The Infantry cannot Do With a Gun Less A favourite of mine !!! An interesting thesis on the development and use of Artillery in WW1 The appendices contain training notes, directives and letters which provide a contemporary documentation of evolving tactics, technical developments and lessons learned. Some nice maps show the planning of the barrages for some of the major

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Seige Battery Establishments

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

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Remembered Today: Acting Bombardier Harry BALDWIN, 125th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Remembered Today: Acting Bombardier Harry BALDWIN, 125th Brigade Royal Field Artillery who died on 2nd February 1916, Humbercamps Communal Cemetery CWGC Information BALDWIN, HARRY Rank: Acting Bombardier Service No: 70551 Date of Death: 02/02/1916 Age: 21 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "C" Bty. 125th Bde. Grave Reference I. D. 5. Cemetery HUMBERCAMPS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION Additional Information: Son of Jame

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Richard Sydney Yates, R.H.A. & R.F.A.

Came accross this fascinating chap. Joins as a junior soldier and serves in India. Deploys with the BEF in 1914, rises to the rank of sergeant, wins a Military Medal, commissioned, wins an MC, and finishes the war as a captain. He alter enlists into the RAF and finishes WW" as a Wing Commander. An impresive record and a very interesting medal rack. http://www.medalsofe...=64&medalid=311 MILITARY CROSS & MILITARY MEDAL (Double Gallantry) 1914 STAR & BAR TRIO, DEFENCE

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Territorial Force Renumbering 1917

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

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Major Bevil Quiller-Couch DSO MC

I recently read The Tears of War by May W. Cannan. It tells the story of the war through her poems and letters with the man she loved. Bevil Quiller-Couch, a special reservist in the Royal Field Artillery mobilised to France in 1914. He served with 2nd Divisional artillery units and took part in every major battle on the Western Front from Mons in 1914 to the Armistice. He was a well-respected and efficient officer winning the Military Cross and Distinguished Service Order. May Cannan

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Royal Artillery War Establishments

From: Great resource for OOBs Great Find by Tom W. from the US Army Combined Arms Center web site, over 500 Orders of battle (Orbat), ranging from war establishments, formations and specific battles or phases, and covers both the allies and the axis. http://www.cgsc.edu/...ziger/index.asp Extracted the war establishments relating to the Royal Artillery (RHA, RFA, RGA) and also included RMA,. I have also added a side block so it is easy to find the post in the future. 1st January 1914 914BQA

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Remembered Today: Bombardier Henry John JENNINGS, 306th Brigade RFA

Remembered Today: Bombardier Henry John JENNINGS, 306th Brigade RFA who died on 16th December 1916, Varennes Military Cemetery CWGC Information JENNINGS, HENRY JOHN Rank: Bombardier Service No: 2579 Date of Death: 16/12/1916 Age: 28 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "B" Bty. 306th Bde. Grave Reference I. G. 77. Cemetery VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY Additional Information: Husband of Nellie Gertrude Jennings, of 3,

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12 inch Rail Gun firing

I wrote a post a while ago on Railway Artillery   Just came accross the clip below which shows the loading, laying and firing of a 12 inch railway gun. http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675024075_Battle-of-Arras_12-inch-naval-gun_ammunition-loaded_gun-is-fired

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18 Pounder Field Gun video

Interesting video of 18 Pounder Field Gun in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra courtesey of a chap called Stuart Curry. The ammunition limber is shown in some detail. Nice thought to use blankets as a cushion for sitting on. A walk around the gun shows some of the detail. The gun is an example of a recuperator with the box at the end. This was added due to problems with the spring system. Wikipedia : Ordnance QF 18 pounder Landships: The British 18 pounder QF gun Handbook of the 18-PR.

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From: 154 SB wireless contact for observation shooting with N° 6 Squadron

Posted this one a while ago regarding the Air Observation of Artillery http://1914-1918.inv...&showentry=1270 An interesting addition to the information regarding Air Observation shoots from MikeMeech in response to a query from Marc of an shoot conducted with 154 Siege Battery. Source: 154 SB wireless contact for observation shooting with N° 6 Squadron Air Observation shooting by night is an interesting dimension. I used to find it hard enough by day. Source: 154 SB wireless contact f

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Remembered Today:Captain John Walton WHITEHEAD Royal Field Artillery

Remembered Today:Captain John Walton WHITEHEAD, 246 Brigade Royal Field Artillery, who died on 1st December 1917, Tyne Cott Memorial CWGC Information WHITEHEAD, JOHN WALTON Rank: Captain Date of Death: 01/12/1917 Age: 28 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery ''B'' Bty. 246th (West Riding) Bde Panel Reference Panel 4 to 6 and 162. Memorial TYNE COT MEMORIAL Additional Informatio

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Remembered Today: Bombardier Stanley Graham RICHARDSON, Royal Garrison Artillery

Remembered Today: Bombardier Stanley Graham RICHARDSON, Royal Garrison Artillery who died on October 1916, Bienvillers Military Cemetery A local lad from Newcastle and a Northumbrian Gunner having enlisted into the Tynemouth RGA (TF) CWGC Information RICHARDSON, STANLEY GRAHAM Rank: Bombardier Service No: 948 Date of Death: 20/10/1916 Age: 33 Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery 100th Siege Bty. Grave Reference V. C. 9. C

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Gunner Time

It was normally the Gunner officer who gave time when I was on exercise. This would ensure that any timings on a plan, notably H hour would be carefully co-oordinated with the guns firing. Any deviation could comprimise supprise, cause confusion or cause own casualties Tine was critical to the bombardment plan in WW1 as poor communications meant flexibility was reduced (or non existent), so the rigid movment of barrage lines would take place at the designated times. If the infantry were slower

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Royal Artillery - St George's Ypres

Another visit to St Georges in Ypres. Always learning, I just realised on this trip there was a window dedicated to the Royal Regiment of Artillery. ERECTED BY ALL RANKS OF THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR COMRADES WHO FELL IN THE BATTLES OF YPRES 1914 - 1918

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Remembered Today: Serjeant Robert GRISTWOOD, Royal Field Artillery who died on 2nd October 1916, A I F burial Ground, Flers

Remembered Today: Serjeant Robert GRISTWOOD, Royal Field Artillery who died on 2nd October 1916, A I F burial Ground, Flers CWGC Information GRISTWOOD, ROBERT Rank: Serjeant Service No: 46506 Date of Death: 02/10/1916 Age: 29 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "D" Bty. 94th Bde. Grave Reference II. H. 29. Cemetery A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Additional Information: Son of Martin Gristwood, of Rickmanswor

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Remembered Today: Gunner Reginald Alfred GRAINGER, Royal Garrison Artillery

Remembered Today: Gunner Reginald Alfred GRAINGER, Royal Garrison Artillery who died on 28th September 1915, Dunkirk (Christ Church) Churchyard CWGC Infomation GRAINGER, REGINALD ALFRED Rank: Gunner Service No: 51061 Date of Death: 28/09/1915 Age: 21 Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery No. 3 Depot Grave Reference In North-West part, near North boundary. Cemetery DUNKIRK (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCHYARD A

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From: Phonetic Alphabet

Thanks to Chris Henschke for 'spelling' out the phonetic alphabets in WW1. I have just checked an Imperial Army series manual on signalling published in 11917, and whilst it mentions and gives examples of the use of the phonetic alphabet, there is no listing. One wonders if it was in general use as in more modern times. Only two survived the march of time, C - Charlie and X - X-Ray, though V - Vic and V - Victor are not far away. I must admit M - Emma would not be my favourite, and this had cl

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Gunner John INSCOE, 62nd Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery, who died on 15th September 1917, Arras Memorial

Remembered Today:Gunner John INSCOE, 62nd Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery, who died on 15th September 1917, Arras Memorial CWGC Information INSCOE, JOHN Rank: Gunner Service No: 31730 Date of Death: 15/09/1917 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "Y" 62nd T.M. Bty. Panel Reference Bay 1. Memorial ARRAS MEMORIAL Born in 1895, John Inscoe enlisted in Wolverhampton Sfaffordshire. His 1911 Cenus entry records his occupati

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Remembered Today: Bombardier Charles MARTIN, Royal Horse Artillery who died on 1st September 1914, Nery Communal Cemetery

Remembered Today: Bombardier Charles MARTIN, Royal Horse Artillery who died on 1st September 1914, Nery Communal Cemetery CWGC Information Rank: Bombardier Service No: 56849 Date of Death: 01/09/1914 Age: 23 Regiment/Service: Royal Horse Artillery "L" Bty. Grave Reference Special Memorial. Cemetery NERY COMMUNAL CEMETERY Son of the late William and Jane Martin of Zeal Monachorum, Bow, Devon Nery Communal Cemetery (Oise France) On 1st September 1914 L

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Remembered Today: Gunner F CANHAM, 88th Battery Royal Field artillery who died on 21 August 1915, Auchonvillers Military Cemetery

Remembered Today: Gunner F CANHAM, 88th Battery Royal Field artillery who died on 21 August 1915, Auchonvillers Military Cemetery CWGC Information CANHAM, F Rank: Gunner Service No: 38498 Date of Death: 21/08/1915 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery 88th Bty. Grave Reference I. B. 9. Cemetery AUCHONVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY Frederick Canham was born in 1887 at Staford in Essex. The 1891 cenus shows him living with his father (a carpenter), mothe

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Artillery Survey in World War One

The adoption of indirect fire as the main methodology necessitated the need for accurate mapping and survey in order to establish the exact location of our own guns, and to provide a mechanism to know the enemy target. At the battle of Mons, british artillery was ofter located near the infantry positions, shrapnel direct fire augmenting their rifle and machine gun fire. By November 1917, Cambrai became the first bnattle which relied on wholly predicted fire. In addition to the survey role, the

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Railway Artillery

Having spent that latter part of my service involved with depth fire, and having an interest in railways, railway artillery has always held a fascination A two volume book Railway Artillery: A Report on the Characteristics, Scope of Utility, Etc., of Railway Artillery was published by the United States Ordnance Department in 1921. This outlines the principles of railway artillery, as well as detailing the guns, British are in volume2. Railway Artillery: A Report on the Characteristics, Scope o

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