the enemy in the immediate vicinity of the beaches. These targets were: (a) On 231 Brigade front - area LE HAMEL 8786. (b) On 69 Brigade front - area LA RIVIERE 9286. After H+7 fire was to lift on to selected gun positions inland.

35. Targets are shown on Sketch map " " attached.


36. Weather conditions were far from ideal. A wind Force 5 and a rough sea gave about the poorest conditions under which reasonably accurate fire could be expected. As well haze made observation difficult.

37. Fire was, however, brought to bear on all targets allotted during the run in. It was subsequently found to have been accurate but, owing to the strong and well dug in defences, it had achieved very little material destruction. The artillery fire did however neutralise the enemy during this time and helped in his demoralisation.

38. Waterproofing proved to be entirely satisfactory, and all guns got ashore in spite of the considerable surf.

39. The first guns were ashore about H+90 and were in action a few minutes later. The second wave were landed and deployed about H+120.

40. Regimental Seconds-in-Command had been landed with the leading assault infantry about H+10, and, under very difficult conditions, had reconnoitred gun positions. This had enabled guns to land and go straight to a position without any delay. This initial reconnaissance undoubtedly played a large part in the success of the Gunner plane.

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