The First World War
War Diary of The Royal Canadian Regiment

Transcription by Captain Michael O'Leary, The RCR.

MARCH 1918

APPENDIX 10
SECRET
Copy No. 14

25th March 1918.

R.C.R. Temporary Defence Scheme.
Avion Sector.

Reference Maps:
VIMY 36C. S.W. 1/10,000
LENS 36C. S.W. 1/10,000
TORONTO ROAD D/3.10.17 1/10,000

GENERAL.

1.     The SUB SECTION is sub divided into RIGHT and LEFT Sub-Sections, each held by 1 Battalion in the Line.

BOUNDARIES.

2.     The BOUNDARIES between the Right and Left Sub-Section is as follows:-

N.33.c.18.75 thence South along the Railway inclusive to the Right Sub-Section as far as N.32.d.85.30 and to T.2.d.25.90.

THE RIGHT BOUNDARY of the Brigade is a as follows: T.10.a.18.60 thence to the West to T.2.d.65.60 and to T.13 central.

TRENCH SYSTEM.

3.     OBSERVATION LINE MEAGRE TRENCH and SULLIVAN TRENCH to N.33.c.13.75.

FRONT LINE BILLY BURKE from Southern Brigade Boundary to MEAGRE TRENCH to T.3.b.19.50 and AVION TRENCH to N.33.b.73.99.

BATTALION SUPPORT LINE, AVION SUPPORT TRENCH from its junction with ACCESS TRENCH to T.8.b.74.75.

BRIGADE SUPPORT LINE DORIS TRENCH from its junction with MEAGRE and GLADYS TRENCH to AVION ROAD

DISPOSITION OF BATTALION.

4.     Headquarters - T.8.d.50.63.
Right Company - T.9.b.55.40.
Centre Company - T.3.a.75.40.
Left Company - T.3.a.18.64.
Support Company - T.3.c.65.20.
Two Platoons in Observation furnishing their Own SUPPORTS and Counter-attack Parties.
Nine Platoon in Front Line as Permanent Garrison.
Five Platoon in Battalion Supports for immediate Counter-attack and recapture of the Front Line in the event of it being temporarily lost.
1 Company in Brigade Support Line, two Platoons of which will "Stand To" in DORIS and GLADYS between KEANE TRENCH and AVION ROAD.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF DEFENCE.

5.     (1)     The Garrison of every Trench System, post or locality will hold its ground to the last.

(2)     Should any portion of the FRONT LINE SYSTEM be penetrated by the enemy, an immediate Counter-attack will be delivered to recover the lost portion of ground.

(3)     All Officers must consider the action to be taken by the men under their Command in the event of penetration of their trench by the enemy and will think out a plan of action and will take the necessary precaution to see that overland routes are familiar to all.

Company Commanders must always be prepared to refuse their flank and be in mutual agreement with Units on their Right and Left.

WORKING PARTIES

6.     In the event of an attack, all working parties in the vicinity will man the nearest trench and come under the orders of the Company Commander concerned.

Lieut-Col.
Commanding The Royal Canadian Regiment.

Copy No. 1 - 7th C.I.B.
2. - P.P.C.L.I.
3. - 42nd Cdn Inf. Bn.
4. - 49th Cdn Inf. Bn.
5. - "A" Coy.
6. - "B" Coy.
7. - "C" Coy.
8. - "D" Coy.
9. - C.O.
10. - 2nd. in Command.
11. - Scout Officer.
12. - L.G.O.
13. - File.
14-16. - War Diary.

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