Arrangements for supporting the Belgians 31 January 1917

95th Brigade R.F.A. Stamp 31/1/17.

SECRET.

B.M.203

21st DIVISIONAL ARTILLERY

ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUPPORTING THE BELGIANS.

INSTRUCTIONS NUMBER 1.

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Reference Sheet HAZEBROUCK 1/100,000

  1. (a) In the case of a hostile attack in a Westerly direction the 62nd Inf. Bde. will occupy the Reserve Line from ELVERDINGHE (exclusive) to the PYPEGAALE – EYKJOEK Road (exclusive), the 110th Inf. Bde. thence to where the defence Line meets the inundations near Fm. 1000 yards North of the first O in OOSTVLETEREN.Should this alteration take place, 62nd Inf. Bde. will extend Northwards to OOSTVLETEREN (exclusive).
  2. (b) Should the hostile attack be developed in a Southerly direction, from POLLINGHOVE and ELSENDAMME, 110th Inf. Bde. must be prepared to form a defensive flank from OOSTVLETEREN (inclusive) to about road junction 400 yards North of O in CROMBEKE.
  3. 64th Inf. Bde. and 126th Field Coy. R.E. will move to PROVEN in Divisional Reserve.
  4. In the case of the hostile attack mentioned in para 1 (a) taking place, the 21st Div. Art. will be disposed as follows:-Reference Map 1/20,000 Sheets 20 S.W.)                                                            19 S.E. ) Batteries will occupy the following positions:-A/95 (18 Pdrs)           A.17.a.8.7.C/95 (18 Pdrs)          A.4.d.8.4.Brigade H.Q. with 62nd Inf. Bde. at A.16.c.1.3.94th Brigade R.F.A. (Major Synott) will support the 110th Infantry Brigade.            D/94 (4.5 Hows)       S.26.c.3.6.                                                (S.26.a.1.5. – (2 guns)
  5. Bde. H.Q. – with 110th Inf. Bde. at CONVENT ST SIXTE, moving forward later to EYKHOEK, if more convenient to Brigadier.
  6.                   C/94 (18 Pdrs)          S.20.c.15.15
  7.             B/94 (18 Pdrs)           (S.26.a.0.6. – (4 guns)
  8.             A/94 (18 Pdrs)           S.28.c.9.2.
  9. B/95 (18 Pdrs)           A.11.c.5.0.
  10. D/95 (4.5 Hows)       A.17.b.5.4.
  11. 95th Brigade R.F.A. (Lieut Col. FITZGERALD, D.S.O.) will support the 62nd Inf. Bde.
  12.                                                             27 N.E. )
  13.                                                             28 N.W.)
  14. In case of the hostile attack mentioned in Para 1 (b) taking place, the 21st Divisional Artillery will be disposed as follows:-95th Brigade R.F.A. (Lieut Col. FITZGERALD, D.S.O.) will support the 62nd Inf. Bde. C/95 (18 Pdrs)          A.4.d.8.4.D/95 (4.5 Hows)       S.26.C.35.60. – S.26.c.20.60.Brigade H.Q. with 62nd Inf. Bde. at CONVENT ST SIXTE.94th Brigade R.F.A. (Major Synott) will support the 110th Inf. Bde.B/94 (18 Pdrs)           S.26.c.6.7.            D/94 (4.5 Hows)       X.28.d.2.4.Bde. H.Q. with 110th Inf. Bde. at CONVENT ST SIXTE, moving forward later to EYKHOEK, if more convenient to Brigadier.
  15. C/94 (18 Pdrs)          X.29.a.5.4.
  16.             A/94 (18 Pdrs)           S.26.b.2.9.
  17. B/95 (18 Pdrs)           S.28.c.9.2.
  18. A/95 (18 Pdrs)           A.17.a.8.7.
  19. Position of Div. Amm. Column, Signalling, Medical and other Administrative details will be issued later.
  20. Div. Artillery H.Q. will be established at PROVEN.
  21. Alternative Positions will be reconnoitred. These alternative positions should be at least 1000 yards in rear of the positions mentioned in paras 3 and 4. In case of necessity, these alternative positions will be occupied instead of the positions mentioned in paras 3 and 4.
  22. List of Observation Posts, and of alternative positions, also proposed zones of fire of Batteries, to be forwarded to this Office as soon as possible.
  23. Wagon Lines should be arranged for, and positions forwarded to this Office.
  24. The Div. Art. will be held in readiness to move at six hours’ notice.
  25. Acknowledge.J.M. Sinclair Major R.A.31/1/17.Distribution:-            95th       do                  5     “                           21st Div “Q”       1   “21st A.A.C.                 4     “                           War Diary           2   “
  26. 21st Div. “G”              1       “
  27. Trench Mortars         5    “                           File                      1   “
  28.             94th F.A. Bde.            5 Copies                    VIII Corps R.A. 1 Copy
  29. Brigade Major, 21st Divisional Artillery.

 

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