1. To secure identification.
2. To inflict casualties.
3. To secure booty.
Posts in enemy front line at:
(a) A.21.d.90.65. (VESUVIUS Crater)
(b) A.22.a.05.10. (LA BASSEE Road)
believed to be occupied by enemy were selected as objectives.
2 parties (from A & D Coys.) each divided into 2 sub-parties as follows:-
Sub-party A. 1 Sergt. and 7 O.R. 'A' Coy.
Sub-party B. 1 Officer (2/Lt. C.A. WATTS) & 7 O.R. 'A' Coy.
Sub-party C. 1 Sergt. and 7 O.R. 'D' Coy.
Sub-party D. 1 Officer (2/Lt. T.C. Vaughan) & 7 O.R. 'D' Coy.
Objective (a) as above was allotted to sub-parties A & B.
Objective (b) as above was allotted to sub-parties C & D.
The raid was accompanied by a simulated gas attack. Gas projectors and 4" Mortars had the area RYANS KEEP - RAILWAY COTTAGE as a target.
The raid was originally timed to take place at 12.35 a.m. night of 8th/9th Novr. but the wind being unfavourable it was postponed until 1.25 a.m. night of 9th/10th Nov. The wind again being unfavourable it was further postponed until 2.20 a.m. night of 10th/11th November.
Projectors and 4" Mortars were fired at 2.20 a.m. and immediately smoke cases were lit in our front line - the wind being West - 3 - 4 miles per hour. practically no retaliation resulted, nor any Machine Gun fire. An odd Very Light went up from the enemy line, but on the whole everything was extremely quiet.