4 (a) INFANTRY. Assault. The attack on
the objective mentioned in para 2 will be carried out by the
18th Durham Light Inf who will be responsible for furnishing
garrisons for strong points and also for garrisons of posts
along the defensive flank to be formed.
Holding Line. 15th West Yorks Regt and
18th West Yorks Regt will hold the present line.
In Brigade Reserve. 16th West Yorks Regt
will be in Brigade Reserve.
(b) MACHINE GUNS. 44 Machine Guns will
co-operate in the attak. Those will be formed into 3 groups
called respectively - RIGHT, CENTRE and LEFT GROUPs. All these
Groups will be under the control of CAPTAIN YORK who will be
termed O C GROUPED MACHINE GUNS, 93 Bde and he will be directly
responsible to G O C 93rd Infantry Brigade.
Instructions for the action of the Grouped
Machine Guns will be issued in the form of an Appendix to Operation
Address of O C GROUPED M G 93 Bde will
be "Advanced RIB".
(c) L T M B. Action of Light Trench Mortars
will be given in instructions to be issued in the form of an
Appendix to Operation Orders.
(d) SPECIAL COMPANY R E If conditions
are favourable a Special Company R E will co-operate by discharging
Gas from Projectors and in any case Thermite will be shot on
to objective by 4" Stokes. No precautions need be taken
by our Troops in either case and in the instructions which will
be issued as an Appendix the action of these aids will be described.
(e) ARTILLERY The Artillery co-operation
consists of -
(i) Preliminary preparation spread over a period of several
days; destruction of various enemy M G emplacements and bombardment
of selected places being included in the programme.
(ii) Support and feints during the attack.
(iii) Protection during consolidation
of the captured position
The details of the Artillery programme
from ZERO onwards, and rate at which creeping barrage will move
forward will be published as an Appendix to Operation Orders.