“V” DAY – Somme Bombardment Day 2

“V” Day, Sunday, 25th June 1916

Weather: dull and warm, low clouds.

Frederick’s “D” Battery have fired through the night, there is no pause in the bombardment at day break on “V” Day, Sunday, 25th June 1916.  Muscle, sinew and nerve will feel the strain in the next twelve hours as the howitzers of Frederick’s battery follow their task of shelling positions at Fricourt.  The guns search back and forth across enemy lines as they hit the same targets repeatedly at different times of the day.  Both LONELY LANE and LOZENGE WOOD get special attention.  The fire table ends with a concentrated bombardment between 4pm and 5.20pm of LOZENGE WOOD & SUNKEN ROAD and DINGLE & SUNKEN ROAD – 120 rounds of H.E. are fired. Fredrick’s “D” battery have fired 500 rounds between 5am and 5.20pm.

FIRE TABLES & TARGET AREAS

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MAPS

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DAILY REPORT

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The daily report (REPORT 18 – MB74) notes mostly satisfactory results, one set of wire observed to have been repaired overnight was re-cut by additional shelling.  The strength of the wire is such that shelling has been ineffective in some places.  There has been an increase in retaliatory shelling of the 96th Brigades positions, but few casualties with 4 other ranks being wounded on “V” day.

Frederick’s “D” Battery again fire through the night on registered targets from 9.30pm until day break, returning to the last night’s targets and fire another 240 rounds of H.E.

THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME, JULY-NOVEMBER 1916

Dump of empty ammunition boxes. A small quantity of the total used by one British Division in the bombardment of Fricourt.© IWM (Q 112)

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