Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. II (14 January 1916 to 31 January 1917)

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Notes on Artillery Reconnaissance

1. The 12 miles of front on rather difficult country can only be lightly protected with Artillery fire from 36 field Guns we have. 2. Right flank in air. Navy can barely reach our front with less than 12" Guns. Battery must be detailed to protect from Enemy enveloping movement, & to cross fire if possible with Navy. 3. Forward O.Ps well in front of our Infantry - works necessary to enable fire to be opened as early as possible. 4. Batteries to enfilade front & cross fire as far as possible. left Battery to cross with right Battery of 2nd Aust Div. 5. Ample Army points Registration marks & Alternative Battery positions. 6. Telephones & other means of Communication must be more efficiently arranged for. 7. Good lateral communications & teams kept for moving mobile Battery at least one in each Bde. 8. Arrangements for keeping touch with Infantry Commanders. 9. Arrangements for close support of Infantry by direct fire of Guns. 10. Art Bde H.Qs near Infantry Bde H.Qs or commander of Section? 11. Cooperation of Artillery with Infantry to be clearly defined. When are the Guns to open? [Page] 8