20TH (LIGHT) DIVISION ORDER NO. 211. 22 September 1917

SECRET. Copy No 1
22nd September, 1917.

Reference Maps: BROEMBEEK 1/10,000 (Edition 2), and
LANGEMARCK 1/10,000 (Edition 2).
1. The minor operation ordered yesterday in Order No. 209 in conjunction with Tanks did not take place owing to the non-arrival of the Tanks.

2. The situation as regards our most advanced troops has not altered, and a detachment of the enemy are still in EAGLE Trench between U.23.b.70.10. and U.23.b.47.43.

3. The Tanks detailed for the attack are now in LANGEMARCK at U.23.c.15.25., and, unless these are disabled during the day by enemy shell fire, the attack will take place, under orders of B.G.C. 59th Inf. Bde. as ordered in Order No. 209 of yesterday except where otherwise stated.
ZERO hour will be 5.30 a.m., and at this hour the Tanks will arrive at the point where EAGLE Trench crosses the SCHREIBOOM – GOED TER VESTEN Road and SCHREIBOOM – RED HOUSE Road.

4. Should the Tanks not be able to operate tomorrow, a bombing attack will be made against EAGLE Trench from the South from about U.23.b.85.00. at 7.0 a.m., and an endeavour made to capture the enemy’s portion of EAGLE Trench in this manner.
The attack will be preceded at 6.57 a.m. by a hurricane bombardment by Stokes Mortars from the direction of a trench about U.23.d.17.98. Arrangements for this have already been made.

5. The B.G.C. 60th Inf. Bde. will place a detachment of not less than 50 at the disposal of B.G.C. 59th Inf. Bde.

6. The Artillery Programme will be similar for either of the above operations, and will be as follows:- Bursts of fire will be directed at intervals on KANGAROO Trench between U.24. central and U.17.d.85.00.
This bombardment will commence this evening at an hour to be notified later, and will continue till 7.30 a.m. tomorrow unless EAGLE Trench has been captured by the action of the Tanks prior to this hour. A smoke barrage will also be placed on a line just South of KANGAROO Trench between U.24.a.77.25. and U.23.b.83.90. at 7 a.m. in the event of failure by theTanks.

7. The B.G.C. 59th Inf. Bde. will detail an officer and 2 other ranks to be at the Road junc. U.23.c.65.69. from 4 a.m. onwards, in order to be in a position to notify the attacking troops prior to 5.30 a.m. whether the Tanks detailed for the attack are likely to arrive.

8. Watches will be synchronized by a Staff Officer of Div. H.Q. at STRAY FARM at 6.30 p.m. to-night.

The Officer Comdg. Tanks, now in LANGEMARCK, will synchronize his watch with that of O.C. 10th R.B. at Bn. H.Q. at U.23.c.70.75.


J.McN Haskard,
Lieut. Colonel,
General Staff, 20th Division.
Issued to Signals at 4.50 p.m.

Distribution overleaf.

Copies to :-
No. 1. A.D.C. for G.O.C. 13. A.P.M.
2. G.S. 14. D.M.G.O.
3. A.A. & Q.M.G. 15. XIV Corps.
4. Div. R.A. 16. XIV Corps R.A.
5. Div. R.E. 17. XIV Corps H.A.
6. Div. Signals. 18. Guards Div.
7. 59th Inf. Bde. 19. 4th Div.
8. 60th Inf. Bde. 20. 29th Div.
9. 61st Inf. Bde. 21. 51st Div.
10. Div. Pioneers. 22. Right Bombardment Group.
11. Div. M.G. Coy. 23. No. 9 Sqdn. R.F.C.
12. A.D.M.S. 24. 1st Bde. Tanks.
25. War Diary.
26. File.

20TH (LIGHT) DIVISION ORDER No. 210. 22 September 1917

SECRET Copy No. 1


22nd September 1917

Reference Maps:- BELGIUM, Sheets 20 S.W., and 28 N.W., 1/20,000.

1. (a). 61st Inf. Bde. will take over the Divisional Front
(i) in the right sub-sector from 60th Inf. Bde., and
(ii) in left sub-sector from 59th Inf. Bde., on night of 23rd/24th September.

(b). Details of relief will be settled direct between Brigadiers concerned.

(c). B.G.C. 61st Inf. Bde will assume Command of the whole Divisional Front at 10.0 a.m. 24th September.

2. (a). 61st Inf. Bde. will hold the front with two Battalions in line; right Battalion H.Q. U.23.d.7.0., left Battalion H.Q. U.23.c.7.7.
One Battalion in Support, H.Q. AU BON GITE.
One Battalion in Reserve (on IRON CROSS line) H.Q. ADELPHI.

(b) Brigade H.Q. will be at STRAY FARM.

3. On completion of relief –
(a). 60th Inf. Bde. will be in Support;
”A” Battalion CANAL BANK.
“B” Battalion HULL’S FARM.
“D” Battalion WOLFE CAMP.

(b) 59th Inf. Bde. will be in Reserve;
”A” Battalion SOULT CAMP.
“B” Battalion LEIPSIG CAMP.
“C” Battalion REDAN CAMP.
“D” Battalion ROUSSEL FARM.

4. Field Coys R.E., and Pioneers, will remain in their present positions, and continue to work under orders of C.R.E.

5. Machine Gun moves and reliefs will take place on night 23rd/24th September as follows, under arrangements to be made direct between Brigadiers and Unit Commanders concerned.

Detailed instructions as regards these reliefs, showing approximate front line Machine Gun positions, have been issued direct to Machine Gun Coys., through Brigades.

(a). 59th M.G. Coy.
(i) Two sections from line (left sub-sector) to Reserve at Coy. H.Q. (VULCAN CROSSING, U.27.c.45.55.)
(ii) Two sections from close Support, and Reserve at Coy H.Q., to Barrage positions E. of STEENBEEK, N.W. of the LANGEMARK – AU BON GITE Road.

(b). 60th M.G. Coy.
(i). Two sections from line (right sub-sector) to Reserve at Coy. H.Q. (GEORGE HOUSE, U.27.d.00.45.).
(ii) Two sections from Reserve at Coy H.Q. to Barrage positions E. of the STEENBEEK, S.E. of the LANGEMARK – AU BON GITE Road. (during afternoon, 23rd September).

(c). 61st M.G. Coy.
From Barrage positions, to “H” Camp, A.9.b.9.1.

(d). 217th M.G. Coy.
(i). One section from Barrage positions, to Reserve at Coy. H.Q. (C.4.a.75.75).
(ii). Three sections from Barrage positions, to the front line, relieving sections of 59th and 60th M.G. Coys.
(iii). On completion of reliefs the Coy will come under orders of B.G.C. 61st Inf. Bde.


Signature unreadable
Major G.S.
for Lieut. Colonel,
Issued to Signals at 4.30 p.m. General Staff, 20th Division.

Copies to:-

No. 1. A.D.C. for G.O.C. 14. D.A.D.V.S.
2. G.S. 15. D.M.G.O.
3. “Q” 16. A.P.M.
4. Divl. R.A. 17. XIVth Corps.
5. Divl. R.E. 18. XIVth Corps R.A.
6. Divl. Signal Coy. 19. XIVth Corps H.A.
7. 59th Inf. Bde. 20. 4th Div.
8. 60th Inf. Bde. 21. Guards Div.
9. 61st Inf. Bde. 22. 29th Div.
10. Divl Pioneers. 23. 51st Div.
11. Divl. M.G. Coy. 24. 9th Sqdn. R.F.C.
12. Divl. Train. 25. War Diary.
13. A.D.M.S. 26. File.