B/103 Movements 27 September to 16 November 1918

This map was marked, presumably by Bert, to show the route taken by B/103, having been pulled out of the line on the Asiago plateau in the North, to take part in the battle of Vittorio Veneto across the River Piave just north of Treviso. A transcript of the October 1918 Brigade War Diary is shown at the bottom of this page..

A larger scale version of this map is here (500Kb).

The solid red line is the front line and the red crosses show the Austrian border.

 

B/103 Position on River Piave

This is where B/103 supported British and Italian troops as they forced a crossing over the Piave at the opening of the battle of Vittorio Veneto. This diagram shows the layout of B/103 signal wires connecting the guns, observation posts, headquarters and officers mess via the telephone pit.

 

CIII Bde RFA War Diary Transcript

National Archives reference WO 95/4233

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0.

Date Summary of Events 103rd Brigade RFA October 1918
1-6 October The Brigade continued in rest at its wagon lines at FARA
4th C/103 proceeded to GHQ Artillery School as instructional battery.
7th The brigade less C/103 moved into rest billets at BROGLIANO near VICENZA
14/15th The Brigade, less C/103 entrained at DUEVILLE, detrained during the night at MIRANO near MESTRE and marched to ROBEGANO
21st C/103 rejoined the Brigade. The Brigade marched to wagon lines 1Km north of BORGO di FONTANE, near TREVISO
 22-25th The Brigade continued in its wagon lines. Positions for offensive action in the LOVADINA - MASERADA Section of the River PIAVE were selected and rapidly filled with ammunition by night. On the night 23/24, batteries and Brigade HQ went into position. Personnel were withdrawn from the guns into houses in LOVADINA village
 26th Personnel were brought back to guns and lines of fire laid out, in preparation for an attack on 27 inst. No gun was registered and not a single round fired. At 23-30 hours a heavy bombardment was opened by Allied artillery. The Brigade cooperated by cutting enemy wire.
 27th At 06-25 hours the Brigade opened a creeping barrage in support of the infantry attack made by the Left Brigade, Left Division of the British Corps. The barrage ceased at 12-30 hours. D/103 fired a standing smoke barrage for 11 hours. At 13-00 hours, the FOO reported that the left flank of the British Corps which was in the air owing to the failure of the Corps on our left was being enfiladed by Machine Guns. The 18 pdr batteries searched the area North of the open flank for 2 hours 30 minutes, when the situation was reported as much improved. At 22-00 hours the Brigade fired 450 rounds searching an area on our left front to break up enemy troops assembling for a counter attack. Lt E M Thomas C/103 wounded in action and struck off the strength of the Brigade.
 28th During the night the batteries of the Brigade changed front and replenished ammunition. At 08-45 hours D/103 fired 60 rounds unobserved on C. DELMATELLA from which machine guns were causing many casualties. Three direct hits on the house were obtained and the Machine Guns destroyed. From 09-00 to 10-00 hours the Brigade fired a creeping and switching smoke and shrapnel barrage in support of XVIII Italian Corps which was attacking northwards through the left flank of Left British Division. At 12-30 the brigade fired a creeping barrage up to extreme range of guns in support of our own Infantry. The Infantry battle then became out of range.
29th  The brigade came out of action and bivouacked near MASERADA while waiting orders.
 30th

Lieut N. V. Peters joined the Brigade and was posted to B/103.

J Curling Lieut-Col RFA Commanding 103rd Brigade RFA

 

103 Bde was left behind after 23 Div crossed the Piave, due in part to unforeseen congestion at the crossing: a late change of plan caused XVIII (Italian) Corps to use this crossing before moving North. 103 Bde didn't catch up with 23 Div until 3 November near Pordenone where the Div was in reserve. Therefore, B/103's final shot of the war was on 28 October 1918.