The First World War
War Diary of The Royal Canadian Regiment

Transcription by Captain Michael O'Leary, The RCR.

DECEMBER 1917

APPENDIX 3

Day

GENERAL IDEA.
for
SMALL TACTICAL SCHEME.

We have captured and consolidated a system of enemy trenches. The position is a commanding one and over looks enemy territory. It appears from the attitude of the enemy that he is preparing to withdraw to a line further back. Information is received from our Scouts that the enemy is retiring.

Battle patrols that have already been detailed from Company in reserve are sent out to keep in touch with the enemy and cover our further advance.

A.

General Idea.

The Battalion is holding a sector of the line on x/y night. Reports come in to the effect that the enemy has withdrawn his line very considerably.

G.O.C. orders our line to be advanced accordingly under cover of darkness.

B.

In accordance with attached order the O.C. Battalion issues the following verbal instructions:-

(1)    A battle patrol consisting of one platoon from ____ Company will at once proceed and establish touch with the enemy.

(2)    _______ Companys [sic] will be prepared to advance and dig in this night.

(3)    The battle patrol will remain in touch with the enemy and withdraw to the new line at dawn.

(4)    The new line to be wired in before dawn.

C.

NOTES.

Trenches will not be dug but taped.

Small patrols will at first be employed until it is ascertained that the enemy has withdrawn.

There will be a skeleton enemy consisting of a few men who will fire very light from time to time.

Battalion headquarters will be established and messages will be forwarded by runner.

(signed)
M.F. Gregg, Lieut.
for
Major,
Commanding The Royal Canadian Regiment.

8-12-17.

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