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XIII CORPS OPERATION ORDER NO 17
(References – MONTAUBAN trench map 1/20,000) July 3rd 1916
- (a). The Fourth Army will continue the attack. The Army Commander’s intention is to make all preparations for the attack on the enemy’s 2nd line between GUILLEMONT and BAZENTIN-le-PETIT (inclusive) in conjunction with an attack by the French on our right. The boundary between Fourth Army and French Sixth Army has not yet been definitely settled.
(b) Preliminary to an attack of enemy’s 2nd line. It will be necessary to advance our line within striking distance of the enemy’s position and to dispose our artillery in positions from which they can ensure the destruction of the defences of the enemy’s 2nd line.
(c) With the above object in view, the following tasks are allotted to Corps:- (i) XIII Corps – To secure BERNAFAY WOOD and CATERPILLAR WOOD.
(ii) XV Corps – To secure MAMETZ WOOD.
(iii) III Corps – To secure the CUTTING, CONTALMAISON, BAILIFF WOOD, a line running through X.15. central to about X.14.a. central.
With regard to (i) above, the XIII Corps will occupy BERNAFAY WOOD and CATERPILLAR WOOD as early as possible.
With regard to (ii) and (iii) above, as soon as the XV Corps are firmly established on the line BOTTOM WOOD – SHELTER WOOD and the III Corps in BIRCH TREE WOOD and thence through X.15, central to the quarry (south of OVILLERS), these two Corps, supported by all available artillery of the XIII Corps, will attack the objectives given above.
Further orders as regards this attack will be issued as soon as the situation is clear, but steps should be immediately taken to dispose the artillery to support this attack.
- The XIII Corps will occupy BERNAFAY WOOD and CATERPILLAR WOOD. 25.b.WHITETRENCH18DCATERPILLARWOODGOC18DCH18DCATERPILLARWOOD7D18D
- The construction of forward communication trenches from our present line into the CATERPILLAR WOOD VALLEY is of great importance and is to be undertaken forthwith.
(sgd) W.H. GREENLY
Issued at 10.15 p.m.
Copy No 1 – Fourth Army. 8 – 30th Division
2 – French XX Corps 9 – No 9 Squadron R.F.C.
3) – XV Corps 10 – War Diary
4) 11 – File
5 – G.O.C. R.A. 12
6 – 9th Division
7 – 18th Division