53 Infantry Brigade scheme of attack Poelcappelle 16 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade scheme of attack Poelcappelle 16 October 1917

SECRET.
Scheme of attack on HELLES HO, – THE BREWERY, – NOBLES FM. –MEUNIER HO. –TRACAS FM.
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Phase I (Zero) attack on HELLES HO & THE BREWERY.
8th Norfolk R. 2 Cos & 2 Pns will form up on the approximate line V.19.b.35.90. – V.13.d.9.6. and will capture that portion of POELCAPPELLE still in the enemy’s hands including the BREWERY and S.Ps V.20a.4.5. & 7.7.
1 Co will form up on the approximate line V.14.c.0.4. – V.14.c.0.9. 1 Pn of this Co will capture the enemy trench from V.14.c.3.5. to 2.8.
2 Pns less 1 L.G. Sec will move N. of REQUETE round the swamp and attack the HELLES HO Group from the North.
2 Pns will be in Bn. Reserve.
Phase II (Zero +4) attack on MEUNIER HO & NOBLES FM.
10th Essex R. 1 Co. plus 2 Pns will form up on the approximate line V.20.a.0.3. – 5.8.
1 Co will capture MEUNIER HO & Ridge.
2 Pns will capture S.Ps V.20.a.1.1. & 20.c.35.99.
1 Co will form up on the approximate line V.20.a.8.8. – V.14.c.65.15.and capture the NOBLES FM area. Smoke barrage to be put on to cover our forming up.
Phase III (Zero +5) attack on TRACAS FM & BEEK HOUSES.
1 Co & 2 Pns 10th Essex R. will form up on the approximate line V.20.c.2.9. – 20.c.7.4. and will attack BEEK HOUSES and TRACAS FM from the N.W.
2. During Phase I standing barrages will be required as follows –
NOBLES FM Pt V.20.b.3.8. – MEUNIER HO – PAPA FM – CAMERON HO (in case of M.G. barrage).
During Phase II standing barrages will be required as follows –
PAPA FM.
CAMERON HO
TRACAS FM
BEEK HOUSES

During Phase III standing barrages will be required as follows –
CAMERON HO
PAPA FM & HINTON FM.
MORAY HO
3. the present front line will be held very lightly by troops of the 8th Suffolk R. or 6th R. Berks. R.
As soon as all objectives have been gained these troops will be re-organized & formed into a Reserve.

H.W. Higginson,
Brig Gen.
Comg 53rd Inf. Bde.
16.10.17.

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