Intelligence Report 10 April 1917.
INTELLIGENCE REPORT RE OPERATION ORDER NO 59
5.30 a.m. The Barrage opened up simultaneously all along the whole line and was the most perfect I have ever seen. It was quite light and the visibility was good. The Infantry encountered slight opposition from the German front line and craters and moved along steadily with our barrage, till they came to the BLACK LINE. From here to the final objective there was very little opposition as the enemy defences had been absolutely blown out of existence.
The Infantry (all ranks) were immensely pleased with the Artillery Support.
6.45 a.m. At this hour I left the Tunnel Head with the Battalion Signalling officer, having clearly ascertained that the enemy retaliation was very light and on our front consisted only of two 5.9 guns, one battery’ four guns 4.1s and one battery of whizz bangs. From here I went on by stages to the front line, keeping in touch with our Brigade Hdqrs all the time by telephone and never being out of touch with the Company and Battalion Commanders all day.
From 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. much movement of Infantry in small parties were observed coming down BOBBY and BODKIN Trenches to BLOATER TRENCH and also some movement in FLOWER Trench. The enemy were immediately engaged by our 18-pounders and the movement stopped.
From 2 to 3 p.m. four parties of Germans (about ten in each party) were observed going overland to the rear from LA CHAUDIERE through S.13.a. and c.
About 3.30 p.m. two gun limbers with four horses each came along about S.24.c.5.6. They were immediately engaged by machine gunners and at once disappeared from view about S.24.b.5.8.
From 3.30 to 5 p.m. over 1000 of the enemy were observed coming overland towards PETIT VIMY from the SUNKEN ROAD in S.15.c. They were spread out in parties of about twenty to thirty men, moving quickly to the Railway line in S.19.b. where they disappeared. None of these parties went further north than the tramline at S.24.c.1.8. to 4.8. They were engaged by our 18-pounders which eventually stopped all movement through square S.24.d.
The Howitzer Batteries engaged the enemy in squares 14 and 15 but nearly all their shots fell in squares 20 and 21 and were ineffective.
From 5 p.m. (9th) to 9 a.m. (10th) the night was quiet the enemy throwing up flares all over the back area and showing signs of nervousness.
From aa a.m. to 7. p.m. 9th the enemy fired about 500 rounds of 5.9s into LA FOLIE WOOD close to LA FOLLIE FARM and on the SWISCHEN STELLUNG TRENCH.
SGD/ J.R. JAMIESON Lieut.