Excerpt from Artillery Operations of the Ninth British Corps at Messines, June, 1917
Systematic trench bombardment and wire cutting was commenced about May 21, 1917, and was intensified about May 28. During the period May 28 to June 6, inclusive, 297 trench bombardments were ... carried out with aeroplane observation. Wire was cut along front and support lines by trench mortars and 18-pounder batteries, and on rear lines by 6-inch howitzers with aeroplane observation.
Practice barrages were carried out along the whole of the Second Army front on June 3 and 5, 1917, and the result in each case was checked by aeroplane photography.
Night firing commenced on May 27-28, and is still being con tinned, barraging being maintained on enemy's communications and shelling of billets, headquarters, and villages in back area taking place with long-range pieces.
Since June 7, field artillery have continued registration from new forward positions and have harassed enemy's forward area.
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