Arthur Douglas Crease Letters, Diaries and Scrapbooks
Letters from Arthur Douglas Crease of Victoria to his brother Lindley Crease and his mother Sarah Crease; instructions for the offensive of July 26, 1917; a regimental notebook, diaries and scrapbook. Learn more.
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1c. CONSOLIDATION. (I) The general system of consolidation will be as follows, vide maps already issued.
(a) A Front Line with Outposts.
(b) A line of M.G. Strong Points supporting front line.
(c) A Reserve or Main Line
All objectives will be consolidated immediately they are gained.
(II) The BLUE Line along the whole Divisional front and the GREEN Line, West of its junction with BLUE Line will be consolidated as the Reserve or Main Line. It will consist of a continuous line or trench, and will be wired on quickly as possible. Battalions concerned, namely the 25th and 22nd Battns., will have their wire carried up as soon as the line has been taken.
It will be strengthened by machine guns located in pairs in positions which are shown approximately on Map “Q”.
(III) Machine gun strong points, each consisting of one Platoon and the machine guns, will be established by the 5th Brigade at South East corner of CITE ST. EMILE and at the Eastern end of POSSE 14, as shown on Map “Q”. A Section Field Company will be detailed to assist in constructing each strong point.
The O.C. 24th Battalion will detail platoon for strong point CITE ST. EMILE, and the C.C. 26th Battn. will detail platoon for strong point POSSE 14. The O.C. 5th Canadian M.G. Cog. will detail machine guns for both strong points. The Os. C. Section Field Company detailed by C.R.E. for the work will report to above Battalion Commanders.
If the Reserve Companies of the 24th and 25th Battalions are not required to assist the Front Line Companies in capturing the Final Objective, they will be employed to consolidate a line joining up these two strong points along the Eastern edge of CITE ST. EMILE and around the South East corner of the yard of POSSE 14. Each Battalion will work in its own area.
(IV) The RED Line portion of NUN’S ALLEY will be consolidated by the 26th Battn. as a Support Line to NORMAN Trench.
(V) The GREEN Line East of its junction with the BLUE Line will be consolidated by the 24th and 26th Battns. so the Front Line, with Lewis Gun Outposts pushed out along all trenches leading towards the enemy as far as the protective barrage will allow.
(VI) The Posts and Lines referred to in (III), (IV) and (V) above will be wired as soon as possible after dark on the first night after the attack. Each Battalion is responsible for bringing up its own wire.
(VII) In view of the nature of the soil, it is probable that cover will be obtained quicker by cleaning out existing trenches rather than by attempting to dig new ones.
(VIII) In the event of the operations outlined in para 9 (I), or (II), being carried out, the new line gained will be immediately consolidated as a Front Line, the Main Line remaining as in (II) above.
11. ACTION OF ARTILLERY.
Barrage map has been issued to all concerned. Appendix “B”, regarding action of Artillery, will follow.
12. COMMUNICATION TRENCHES.
Diagram showing IN and OUT trenches has been issued to all concerned. The Centre OUT Trench – COMBAT – COLONY – COSSACK – is common to both 4th and 5th Brigade.
13. NUMBERS TO TAKE PART IN THE ASSAULT.
The Battalion will take into the attack not more than four Officers and 154 O.R. per Company.
BC Archives, MS-0055 Box 15 File 7 / CREASE FAMILY / Miscellaneous records, Arthur Douglas Crease, 1915 - 1918.