SUMMARY OF INTELIGENCE.
NOTE: – Not to be taken into Front Line Trenches.
UNIT: – 170th Infantry Brigade.
SECTOR: – CORDONNERIE – BOUTILLERIE.
PERIOD: – 6 a.m. 13/5/17 to 6 a.m. 14/5.17.
“A” OUR OPERATIONS.
Station. Time. Time taken Total. Station. Time. Time taken Total.
to get call to get call.
Secs secs secs secs.
H.S. 29. 9.40 a.m. 10 30 H.P. 25. 2.6 p.m. 5 30
H.T.14. 5.12 p.m. 4 17 H.T. 8. 10.0 p.m. 15 35
H.T.8. 3.6. p.m. 35 65 H.T. 8. 11.5 p.m. 4 28
H.P.23. 12.35 a.m. 7 50 H.T. 14. 9.25 p.m. 5 25
H.P.23. 3.4 a.m. 7 23 H.T. 14. 2.40 a.m. 4 16
H.P.25. 11.0 p.m. 5 20 H.S.29. 9.30 p.m. 5 10
H.P.25. 2.30 a.m. 7 27 H.S.29 2.23 a.m. 4 13
Our Heavies firing on enemy back areas; our artillery fired on NEBULA SUPPORTS
at 1.15 p.m.
Heavy artillery fired on and completely destroyed house at N.16.c.10.15. where
enemy M.G. was observed firing on one of our aeroplanes on 11/5/17. Quiet during
- TRENCH MORTARS (MEDIUM). – Nothing to report.
- LIGHT TRENCH MORTARS. – 10.15 a.m. 50 rds. fired at ne* *** ** NEGATIVE TRENCH. Considerable damage done. Retaliation – Nil.
- MACHINE GUNS. Indirect fire carried out covering raiding party, supports and C.Ts. swept from N.10.d.30.60. to N.11.c.00.45. No of rds expended – 2250.
- SNIPING. No hits claimed.
- PATROLS. CORDONNERIE SECTOR – Two Officers’ patrols were out during the night and reported enemy rather more active than usual with flares; flashes from a M.G. were seen behind front line in NEGATIVE DRIVE and another M.G. fired from different points in E.F.L.
BOUTILLERIE SECTOR – See Special report on Raid.
- WORK. Repairs to CONVENT AVENUE; parapets raised in supports.
- AIRCRAFT. Very active all day.
- GENERAL. Visibility – Good.
“B” – ENEMY OPERATIONS.
- ARTILLERY. Active with whizzbangs on front line at N.6.5. and I.31.1, also on BAY AVENUE, otherwise quiet during the day and night.
Back areas. Much quieter than usual on this sector.
- TRENCH MORTARS. 7 p.m. 6 Minnies on our front line at N.6.1. damage to duckboards.
- MACHINE GUNS. firing on our aeroplanes during the day; one of our planes passed at low altitude over enemy lines at NEAT TRENCH, and it was noticed that a large number of M.Gs. appeared to be firing at ‘plane. Fairly active during early part of the evening, otherwise quiet.
- SNIPING. Nil.
- WIRE and DEFENCES. 3.30 p.m. A working party of about 30 men on NEIGHBOUR TRENCH, working for about an hour. 6.5 a.m. 3 men seen digging in NECK TRENCH at N.11.b.80.15., and 2 men filling sandbags at same place at 10 a.m.
- with 5.
- SIGNALS. At 11 p.m. searchlights operating from direction of BEAUCAMPS (O.21.d) sweeping N.M.L. and our parapet in BOUTILLERIE SECTOR.
- AIRCRAFT. Active throughout the day.
- MOVEMENT. Usual small parties of men observed moving in both directions on CHATEAU RICHE – BAS BAISE Road.
2.30 p.m. 1 man seen on road at N.12.a.75.50. in what appeared to be a khaki uniform, and 2 others at 8.15 a.m. in same kind of uniform in front line at N.6.b.91.53.
Very little activity observed during the day in and around FROMELLES.
5.10 p.m. 2 men seen wearing dark blue uniforms and peaked caps carrying rifles with fixed bayonets on road near CHATEAU RICHE. No enemy working parties heard during the night.
- GENERAL. Depth of RIVER LAIES at our parapet 6”
at CELLAR FARM 9”.
Casualties (From 12 noon 12/5/17 to 12 noon 13/5/17) – 1 O.R. wounded.
REPORT ON SUCCESSFUL RAID CARRIED OUT BE “D” BATTALION
on NED TRENCH, Night 13th/14th May 1917.
Composition of Raiding Party.
O.C. RAID – Lieut T. Hollis; 3 Offrs, and 30 O.Rs.
Assault Party. – Lieut Hein and 8 O.R., Blocking Party 2nd Lieut Ciceri and 6 O.R. Covering Party 2nd Lieut Green and 10 O.R., O.C. Raid with 2 signallers and 4 O.Rs.
Objective. To scupper or capture sentry group previously located in E.F.L. at LN.11.a.45.63.
At Zero hour 10.30 p.m., raiding party left our trench at N.11.a.32.55. and proceeded across N.M.L. without incident.
The Covering Party took up its allotted position, the Assault and Blocking partied proceeded to the E.F.L. The blocking party lay up on the E.F.L. at N.1.a.32.55; the Assault party entered the enemy’s trenches at this point, and before leaving the bay which they had entered heard an enemy patrol approaching. The O.C. Assault quickly made his dispositions and placed his men at either end of island traverse of the bay. The enemy trench patrol of 3 men passed along the travel trench. Nos 1 and 2 were allowed to pass and No 3 was pounced upon and held by Sergt Wrigley. No 1 rushed off across country towards his support line before reaching the second opening in the bay, where the other half of the Assault party were waiting, the intention being to surround these 3 men while between the two openings of the bay. No 2 turned round and fired his rifle point blank at Sergt Wrigley (who had secured No. 3) but missed, and escaped in the darkness towards enemy’s supports.
A prisoner having been secured, the Raiding Party returned to our lines at 1 a.m. without having suffered any casualties.
The raid was most successful throughout and accomplished without the slightest hitch.
N.B. Hamilton Lieut.
for Brig General Commdg. 170th Inf. Bde.