John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 151

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False Crests

     Suppose a target at "T" with a ridge "A" of

the same height in front of it. Then it may be difficult to

determine whether "T" is on the ridge "A" or no, and whether

the burst at "A" is on the same ridge as the target.

The first point may be determined by looking at "T" from

different points of view, for instance if a point or ridge "A"

can be located in line with "T", then on shifting 100 yards to

the right it will disappear to the left of "T". Similarly as

regards the shell bursts, it is only when in line with "T"

that it becomes puzzling, and an observer sent out

say 200 yards to the opposite flank of the battery should

have no difficulty in locating it.

The difficulty is increased by the hollows in front of

and behind the target


 Diagram of hills, labeled A, B, T, C, showing shells hitting different areas 


A shell dropped into the deep hollow at C, will either disappear

altogether, or the smoke, when it does appear will be at

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False Crests

     Suppose a target at "T" with a ridge "A" of

the same height in front of it. Then it may be difficult to

determine whether "T" is on the ridge "A" or no, and whether

the burst at "A" is on the same ridge as the target.

The first point may be determined by looking at "T" from

different points of view, for instance if a point or ridge "A"

can be located in line with "T", then on shifting 100 yards to

the right it will disappear to the left of "T". Similarly as

regards the shell bursts, it is only when in line with "T"

that it becomes puzzling, and an observer sent out

say 200 yards to the opposite flank of the battery should

have no difficulty in locating it.

The difficulty is increased by the hollows in front of

and behind the target


 Diagram of hills, labeled A, B, T, C, showing shells hitting different areas 


A shell dropped into the deep hollow at C, will either disappear

altogether, or the smoke, when it does appear will be at


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  • April 3, 2017 03:40:17 Cheryl Ellsworth

    False Crests

         Suppose a target at "T" with a ridge "A" of

    the same height in front of it. Then it may be difficult to

    determine whether "T" is on the ridge "A" or no, and whether

    the burst at "A" is on the same ridge as the target.

    The first point may be determined by looking at "T" from

    different points of view, for instance if a point or ridge "A"

    can be located in line with "T", then on shifting 100 yards to

    the right it will disappear to the left of "T". Similarly as

    regards the shell bursts, it is only when in line with "T"

    that it becomes puzzling, and an observer sent out

    say 200 yards to the opposite flank of the battery should

    have no difficulty in locating it.

    The difficulty is increased by the hollows in front of

    and behind the target


     Diagram of hills, labeled A, B, T, C, showing shells hitting different areas 


    A shell dropped into the deep hollow at C, will either disappear

    altogether, or the smoke, when it does appear will be at

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