SECRET                                            B.M./164/2                             Copy No 17





23rd June 1916.



Reference Map FRANCE Sheet 57 D S.E. Edition 2 B.  1/20,000

FRANCE Sheet 57 C S.E. Edition 2 B. 1/20,000


INFORMATION 1 (a) Offensive Operations by the 4th Army will commence on ’Z’                                 Day (time and date to be notified later)

(b) The IIIrd Corps will Assault and capture the line

S.5. Central to M.26.c.1.7.

(c)  The 8th Division will assault and capture the line

X.5.c.0.5. to R.28.c.2.0.

(d) The 34th Division operates on our Right.

(e) The 32nd Division, X Corps operates on our left.

(f) The 19th Division is in Corps Reserve.


  1. The 2nd and 3rd Phases as previously detailed will be undertaken by    the 19th and 12th Divisions, supported by Artillery as in 1st Phase.


ARTILLERY 3. The Infantry will be supported by Artillery in accordance with instructions already issued.


BOUNDARIES 4. Boundaries for Groups, during the 2nd phase support of 12th Division will be


RIGHT GROUP (89th and 33rd Bdes R.F.A.)

Right Boundary X.5.d. Central, S.2. Central, M.33.b. central.


LEFT Boundary Road X.5.b.3.5. – M.27.c.5.2.


CENTRE GROUP (86th Brigade R.F.A.)

Right Boundary Road X.5.b.3.5. to M.27.c.5.2.

Left Boundary R.35.5c.8.1. to M.27.c.4.5.


LEFT GROUP (5th Brigade R.H.A. 45th Bde R.F.A.)

Right Boundary R.35.c.8.1. to M.27.c.4.5.

Left Boundary R.34.Central to M.26.c.2.9.


MISCELLANEOUS 5.          Orders for Divisional Ammunition Column,

Royal Engineer Services,

Dressing Stations,

Mobile Veterinary Section,


have already been forwarded.

HEADQUARTERS 6. Divisional Artillery Headquarters will, from the moment of Assault, be at the CHATEAU HENENCOURT until further orders.


C.R. Gover Major R.A.

Brigade Major 8th Div Arty.

Issued at 11.30 a.m.



Copy No         1. 8th Division.

  1. 23rd Infy Bde.

3 25th   do.

4 70th   do.

5 5th Bde R.H.A.

6 33rd Bde R.F.A.

7 44th   do.

8 86th   do.

9 89th   do.

10 8th D.A.C.

11 19th D.A.C.

12 8th Signal Coy.

13 T.M. Officer.

14 A.D.C. for C.R.A.

15 Staff Captain.

16&17 War Diary.

18 to 20 Spare.








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