|50 Div: The Artillery Story, 1943 - 1944
|This is a description of the planning, training, problems, and methods evolved prior to the invasion of NORMANDY.
the speed or the vessel. By radar the accurate range to the target was found at one moment. The clock was set to this range, and to the speed of the ship , and the clock started. Thereafter the correct range to the target was shown on the dial as the ship closed the shore.
19. It will be noticed (sec 17 above) that the clocks were started before the moment at which fire was to be opened. This was done in order to give time for checking that clocks were correctly set and that all clocks were in sympathy. This one the duty of the RA officer in the MG and the control GPO.
20. The second line of LOTS, being some 200 yards behind the control LCT had to apply a position correction to their clocks.
21. E. See conditions and accuracy
Under all normal conditions experiments showed that the spread of shot from a regiment "deployed" in LCTs would NOT be greater than 300 yds by 300 yds, This very satisfactory result could be produced consistently by any well trained regiment in sea conditions up to those produced by a wind Force 5 (25 mph). In THE CHANNEL a wind Force 5 ~will produce "White Horses" everywhere and waves about 4 to 5 ft high.
22. F. Initial Ammunition supply
(i) Each gun was modified to carry 200 rounds of ammunition.
(ii) The ammunition for the run in fire programme was loaded into the LCT and stacked alongside each gun. Therefore every gun landed with its augmented first line. of ammunition.
(iii) In addition waterproof ammunition containers were
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