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Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.
At 10:01 PM the artillery battalion commander received the following verbal order from the commander of the artillery regiment at the regimental command post in Toulle:
“Division orders have placed the 3d Artillery Battalion under Infantry Regiment ‘X.’ Enemy resistance has weakened.
“Continuation of the attack tomorrow morning, 7 June, at 6:00 AM. “To this end the artillery battalion will have two batteries in position immediately north of the Somme Valley at break of day tomorrow morning.”
The artillery battalion commander tried to get in touch at once with the commander of Infantry Regiment “X.” After some search in the dark he found him at 11:00 PM in a farm house in the southwestern part of Toulle and reported to him.
The commander of Infantry Regiment “X” advised the artillery battalion commander regarding the situation and the plan as follows:
“The (right) 2d Infantry Battalion has crossed the Somme Canal and has advanced several hundred yards. Enemy resistance has weakened in front of the (left) 1st Infantry Battalion. At the moment, there is a pause in the fighting.
“Tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM the regiment will continue the attack over the Somme in the same set-up as heretofore.
“First attack objective Hill 70, one kilometer east of HombIeu; then Esmery HalIon.
“Dividing line betweem 2d and 1st Infantry Battalions: Hill 70-church-Esmery Hallon.
“To this end the 3d Artillery Battalion will combat possible enemy resistance in the neighborhood of Hill 70. However, in case the advance is rapid it should keep up close with the regiment. As soon as the bridge southwest of Offoy has been completed by the pioneers, the artillery battalion wiIl immediately go into position on the southern side.
“I will be at the southwestern exit of Offoy tomorrow morning, and later at the railroad stop, one kilometer west of Offoy.”
Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
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