18 DA NOTES ON CONFERENCE ON COMMUNICATIONS 12 June 1916

NOTES ON CONFERENCE ON COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. RIGHT GROUP. Main Battery “command lines” to run due North from Right Group Battalion Battle H.Q. (A.25.d.65) in 55th Brigade trench – branch off near Copse H in Artillery trench to be constructed to about A.26.a.43 – thence to A.26.b.3.5. – thence to Copse C.

Branch trenches to batteries.

Branch up to Copse B to be cut about 150 yds. S.W. from A/85.

 

O.P. Lines.  (a) for A/85 and B/84 forward via Copse B to U Work, thence to O.P. along PERONNE Avenue.  At same time to be laid back from Oxford Copse through U Work and Copse B back along “Battery command line trench” to Group H.Q.  From Copse B forward these lines to be laid in communication trenches 2 feet underground.  O.C. 18th Div Signal Coy. will arrange this with 30th Division.

(b) For C/84 and D/84 up to No 1 trench to PERONNE AVENUE.

(c) For A/84 up SHEFFIELD AVENUE.

 

Lines forward from O.P.s

At least two pairs up (a) No 1 trench & COKE AVENUE to Bn. H.Q.

two pairs up (b) SHEFFIELD & MERCHISTON AV. To Bn. H.Q.

 

O.C. Signal Coy will raise question of metallic circuits from O.Ps onwards. Advantage of single line —-Cable saved.

Advantage of double lines—–Eight lines ready laid to carry on into German trenches.

30th Division to lay line from Copse B in Battery command trench as lateral line from their Left Group to our Right Group.

 

  1. CENTRE GROUP. Lines from Group H.Q. to batteries in trench round front edge of BILLON WOOD – under construction at present. Complete circuit of BILLON WOOD to be made.

 

Lines to O.P.

  • A/83, C/83, and D/83 up SHEFFIELD AVENUE to PERRONE AVE.
  • D/83 and Reserve Howitzer Battery up No 4 Trench (or special cable trench to be made for 53rd Brigade).
  • B/83 – with Left Group lines.

With regard to (a), SHEFFIELD AVENUE belongs to 55th Bde. but O.C. Signal Coy to arrange for this.

 

Lines from O.P. forward.

(a) 3 pairs of lines up SHEFFIELD AVENUE & BERWICK AVENUE to Battn H.Q…

(b) 2 pairs of lines up No 4 trench and MONTAUBAN Avenue to Battn H.Q.

(c) Pair of lines for B/83 with Left Group lines.

Lines to”Mystery” Trench (F.17.c).

5 lines from BILLON WOOD in lateral trench from Centre Group to Left Group H.Q., and thence via CONTOUR WOOD &DURHAM Trench.

 

  1. LEFT GROUP. As at present. NORFOLK AVENUE probably available in addition.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES.

 

  1. LAMPS – DAYLIGHT SIGNALLING

5 for Division – to be given to Battn H.Q. for use with aeroplanes only. Rather cumbersome for trench work and wasted.  For signalling back to O.P. suggested.

 

  1. ISSUE OF ”SIGNALLING SHUTTERS “18” x 12”

Already issued to Infantry Brigades.

O.C. Signal Coy will enquire about their issue to Artillery.

Suggested scale – 2 per battery & Bde H.Q.

O.C. Signal Coy will send one to H.Q.R.A. for inspection.

 

  1. Central Visual Signalling Station for Division will be established near O.P. locality on PERONE ROAD West of U Work.

 

  1. Where cables are put in communication trenches, they will be buried 2 feet deep.
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