John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 147

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Firing over our own Troops

     In war, artillery will never

hesitate to fire over their own infantry or over other guns

It is not however desirable to open fire when the infantry

are too close to the muzzles, when this can be avoided,

since a shrapnel bursting in the bore would do considerable

damage to an infantry line only 300 yards to the front.

This does not apply to howitzers, since the bullets from

a premature go up in the air and are not very dangerous

when they come down again. As for High-Explosive shell

there is no safety limit from these, as the splinters may

fly a long way. Still this risk will have to be disregarded


When our troops are attacking, our artillery will nearly

always be firing over their heads, the distance from the

enemy's line up to which it is safe to continue firing

depends on the error of the gun and of the fuze, and is

perhaps 200 or 300 yards, but this is immaterial, since

if our guns cease fire when our infantry are still 300

yards from the enemy, they will suffer a great deal

more from his fire than from possible short bursts.

Practically it may be laid down that our guns will continue

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Firing over our own Troops

     In war, artillery will never

hesitate to fire over their own infantry or over other guns

It is not however desirable to open fire when the infantry

are too close to the muzzles, when this can be avoided,

since a shrapnel bursting in the bore would do considerable

damage to an infantry line only 300 yards to the front.

This does not apply to howitzers, since the bullets from

a premature go up in the air and are not very dangerous

when they come down again. As for High-Explosive shell

there is no safety limit from these, as the splinters may

fly a long way. Still this risk will have to be disregarded


When our troops are attacking, our artillery will nearly

always be firing over their heads, the distance from the

enemy's line up to which it is safe to continue firing

depends on the error of the gun and of the fuze, and is

perhaps 200 or 300 yards, but this is immaterial, since

if our guns cease fire when our infantry are still 300

yards from the enemy, they will suffer a great deal

more from his fire than from possible short bursts.

Practically it may be laid down that our guns will continue


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  • April 3, 2017 03:10:30 Cheryl Ellsworth

    Firing over our own Troops

         In war, artillery will never

    hesitate to fire over their own infantry or over other guns

    It is not however desirable to open fire when the infantry

    are too close to the muzzles, when this can be avoided,

    since a shrapnel bursting in the bore would do considerable

    damage to an infantry line only 300 yards to the front.

    This does not apply to howitzers, since the bullets from

    a premature go up in the air and are not very dangerous

    when they come down again. As for High-Explosive shell

    there is no safety limit from these, as the splinters may

    fly a long way. Still this risk will have to be disregarded


    When our troops are attacking, our artillery will nearly

    always be firing over their heads, the distance from the

    enemy's line up to which it is safe to continue firing

    depends on the error of the gun and of the fuze, and is

    perhaps 200 or 300 yards, but this is immaterial, since

    if our guns cease fire when our infantry are still 300

    yards from the enemy, they will suffer a great deal

    more from his fire than from possible short bursts.

    Practically it may be laid down that our guns will continue

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