“W” DAY – Somme Bombardment Day 3

“W” Day, Monday, 26th June 1916

Weather: Fine morning, heavy rain afternoon, low clouds.

Frederick’s “D” Battery have again fired through the night and the relentless pace does not slacken on the third day of the bombardment, “W” Day, Monday, 26th June 1916.  A fine morning allows good shooting at BOTTOM WOOD, from 4.30pm until 7pm, it is hit with 120 rounds of H.E. The CRUCIFIX is also targeted, before the Howitzers return to shelling yesterday’s targets once more. Fire is concentrated on CRUCIFIX TRENCH at the end of the day between 4pm and 8pm, hit with 90 rounds of H.E. Fredrick’s “D” battery have fired 635 rounds between 4.30am and 8pm.

FIRE TABLES & TARGET AREAS

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MAPS

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DAILY REPORT

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The daily report (REPORT 19 – MB 102) concludes that wire cutting has been satisfactory, but there is more to be done. Breaks in the wire have been confirmed by overnight Infantry patrols.

The enemy were more active, responding to both the overnight release of smoke (not effective) and gas. Trench mortar equipment continued to fail, some mortar round were seem to be duds, and N.C.T cartridges were proving unreliable. The trench mortar battery casualties were 3 killed and 2 wounded, and among the other units only one man was wounded.

For the third day in a row, Frederick’s “D” Battery fire through the night at the same targets as the first night. Another 240 rounds of H.E. hit the same targets between 9.30pm and the following day break.

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