V – W – X – Y – Z
42nd Inf. Bde.
5th Oxf & Bucks L.I.
5th Shrops L.I.
9th Rif Brig.
42nd Machine Gun Company.
42nd Trench Mortar Battery.
No. V Group R.F.A.
- W day will be April 5thY do 7th
- Z do 8th
- X do 6th
- The Artillery bombardment will be continuous on V, W, X and Y days, except for pauses given in paras 3 and 4.
- Pauses will take place during the bombardment on the whole Army front for the purpose of photography:-W day 10 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. 3 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
- X day 10.30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 3 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
- V day 11.30 a.m. – 12 noon 4.30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- During the preparatory bombardment the Brigade will send out patrols, each under an officer, at stated times during each period of 24 hours to investigate state of enemy wire and strength of enemy in his trenches. The G.O.C. Brigade will decide on the time at which these patrols will go out during each period of 24 hours, and points which they will reconnoitre.
- All patrol reports will be sent by Special D.R. to Brigade Headquarters as soon as they have been written and seen by the Commanding Officer, who will state in a covering letter the degree of accuracy which he considers that each report possesses.
- The work of these patrols is of great importance, more especially regarding the examination of enemy wire and the accuracy of their reports on its condition. Capt,42nd Inf. Bde.A Patrol under 2/Lt. Anderson capture and *** Machine G un.4th April 1917
- Bde Major,
- B . Taget
- Officers in charge of patrols should be informed that the Offensives has now begun, and that all work in connection with it is of the highest importance, more especially as regards details such as preparatory patrolling.