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Oct. 29, 1918.
OPERATIONS OF 15TH FIELD ARTILLERY IN CHAMPAGNE (BLANC MONT SECTOR) OCTOBER 3RD TO 29TH, 1918.

At midnight September 30th, 1918, Regimental Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Supply Company and the 2nd Battalion were in camp 3½ kilometers north-east of Suippes (Marne) and the 1st Battalion was in camp on the north-western edge of the village of Suippes. On the night of October 1st to 2nd the 2nd Battalion marched 18 kilometers via Suippes and Souain to position 1 kilometer south-east of Somme-Py arriving at 5:00 a.m. on October 2nd and after being delayed enroute by the heavy traffic on all roads. At 1:00 a.m. October 2nd the 1st Battalion left camp at Suippes and marched 18 kilometers to position 2 kilometers south-west of Somme-Py (Marne). On October 2nd the Regimental Headquarters were established 3 kilometers south of Somme-Py (Marne) and east of Navarin Farm. On Oct. 3rd the 1st Battalion and 2nd Battalion started firing rolling barrage. The 1st Battalion moved 3 kilometers to position just North of Somme-Py. During the time the 1st Battalion was taking up new position the 2nd Battalion remained in position and continued to fire a covering barrage until 11:30 a.m. At this time the 2nd Battalion moved forward 5½ kilometers to position 3 kilometers south of Medeah Farm and on east side of main road from Somme-Py to Medeah Farm. Both battalions fired rolling barrage about 4:00 p.m. After the 2nd Battalion had taken up position the 1st Battalion moved to Position 1½ kilometers south-west of Medeah Farm and just west of the main road from Somme-Py to Medeah Farm, arriving in position about 8:00 p.m. At about 9:00 a.m. on October 3rd Regimental Headquarters moved to a point 3 kilometers north on the southeast edge of Somme-Py. The battalion headquarters were in the near vicinity of the batteries. During the night of Oct. 3rd to 4th the batteries fired zone and harassing fire. On October 4th at 2:30 P.M. both battalions fired rolling barrage for an attack and at the same time the Regimental Headquarters moved 3½ kilometers to a point 1 kilometer south of Medeah Farm and west of the main road. On October 5th the batteries were constantly in action firing zone and harassing fire, also barrages when called for by the Infantry. On October 6th Headquarters Company, Supply Company, and the rear echelon of the entire regiment moved 8 kilometers to camp 1 kilometer north of Souain. From October 5th to 11th the regiment remained in same position. During this time the batteries were constantly in action, firing zone and harassing fire, and firing barrages when called for by the Infantry. On October 8th both battalions fired a rolling barrage for an attack by the Infantry of the 36th Division. The attack did not progress a great distance. During the period October 5th to 11th Machault, with its great road center, was heavily shelled. Also the great German railhead and supply depot 2 kilometers northeast of Machault. On October 11th the 36th Division Infantry, which this regiment supported after the relief of the 2nd Division Infantry, was ordered to advance, "H" hour being set for 9:30 a.m. The infantry in front of the 15th Field Artillery did not advance until about 12:30 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. October 11th 2nd Battalion moved forward 7 kilometers to a position 1½ kilometers north-east of St. Etienne-a-Arnes and took up positions to support the Infantry in their advance. At 6:00 p.m. on October 11th the 1st Battalion moved forward 6 kilometers to a position 1½ kilometers east of St. Etienne-a-Arnes, and took up positions to support the Infantry advance, the Regimental Headquarters was established near the 2nd Battalion. On October 12th the 1st and 2nd Battalions moved forward by the main road through Machault (Ardennes)-Leffincourt (Ardennes) to positions about 3½ kilometers south-west of Vaux-Champagne (Ardenne). The battalions halted at noon near Leffincourt and rested until orders to move forward were received. The 2nd Battalion took up position which would enable them to fire across the river Aisne. Regimental Headquarters moved to Leffincourt. Headquarters Company, Supply Company, and the rear echelon of the entire regiment marched 13 kilometers to camp 1½ kilometers north-east of Machault, near main road to Leffincourt. On October 13th the Regimental Headquarters moved from Leffincourt to Vaux-Champagne, arriving at 3:00 a.m., after a march of 10 kilometers. On October 13th the 1st Battalion moved 3½ kilometers to position ½ kilometer west of Vaux-Champagne and the 2nd Battalion moved 3½ kilometers to position ½ kilometer south of Vaux-Champagne. On the night of October 14th to 15th the 1st Battalion fired harassing fire on the roads north of the Aisne River. On October 15th the 2nd Battalion moved 2 kilometers to position between Vaux-Champagne and Coulommes-et-Marqueny, 1 battery being south-east of Vaux-Champagne ½ kilometer. From October 15th to 18th the batteries remained in the same positions and were in action firing zone and harassing fire. On October 18th Headquarters Company and the rear echelon of all batteries moved 15 kilometers from camp north-east of Machault to camp 1 kilometer southeast of Vaux-Champagne. Supply Company remained in camp north-east of Machault. On October 19th the regiment was relieved and marched 20 kilometers to camp 3 kilometers south-east of Machault, except that the Supply Company remained in camp 1½ kilometers northeast of Machault. On October 20th the regiment remained in camp occupied on October 19th. On October 21st Regimental Headquarters moved 6 kilometers to Leffincourt, the 1st Battalion marched 17 kilometers and relieved French batteries at positions near Chufilly (Ardenne) and the 2nd Battalion marched 17 kilometers to positions in the vicinity of Coulommes-et-Marqueny, where they relieved French batteries. Headquarters Company and the rear echelon of all batteries remained in camp 3 kilometers south-east of Machault. All organizations remained in the same positions from October 21st to 28th. During this time the batteries were in position and firing zone and harassing fire, also barrages when called for by the Infantry. On October 27th the regiment, together with the other artillery of the 2nd F.A. Brigade, and assisted by portions of Corps artillery of two French corps and portions of the artillery of the French divisions on our right and left, fired a preparation for an attack on the Bend of the Aisne east of Attigny by infantry of the 36th Division. At "H" hour, 4:45 p.m., the regiment put down a rolling barrage and a smoke screen on the right flank to cut off observation of the attack from the hills about Voncq. The infantry followed the barrage closely. The attack was a complete success. The infantry losses were exceedingly small, nearly 200 prisoners were taken and a number of machine guns captured. On October 28th firing batteries were relieved from positions and the entire regiment assembled in the rear echelon 3 kilometers south-east of Machault. On October 29th entire regiment marched 36 kilometers to the Bois des Cernay, near Cernay-en-Dornois (Marne). On October 30th the regiment rejoined the 2nd Division, which was then with the 5th Corps, 1st American Army. On October 30th Regimental Headquarters marched 19 kilometers to a point 1 kilometer west of Exermont (Ardenne); 1st Battalion marched 19 kilometers to position 1 kilometer east of Fleville; 2nd Battalion marched 20 kilometers to position 1 kilometer south-east of Fleville; Headquarters Company, Supply Company and the entire rear echelon of the regiment marched 20 kilometers to Eclisfontaine (Meuse). All organizations remained in the positions occupied on October 30th to the end of the month.

 
(Sgd) J. R. Davis,
Col. 15th F. A.
Comdg 15th F. A.

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Records Of The Second Division (Regular) Volume 8; Operation Reports — War Diaries
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