On these days 1st – 5th May 1916

2.5.1916 PENIN: Battn practised smoke attack with 139th Bde, (less 5th Battn) at TINQUES.

3.5.1916 PENIN: Capt V.O. Robinson to 3rd Army School of Instruction.

5.5.1916 PENIN: Lt E.M. JELLICOE & 2/Lt J.E. BARKER rejoined from 46th Divl School of Instruction.

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

May 1st: Units cleaning up and training.

May 2nd: Brigade practiced an attack under a smoke cloud near TINQUES – see Operations Order X.

May 3rd: Attack (as above) was postponed today (at last minute) until tomorrow at the same hour. The attack was again practised but owing to the wind having changed the attack today was made from West to East.

May 4th: The exhibition attack under a gas cloud was carried out today. It was most successful & instructive. The smoke bombs and smoke candles gave a very efficient smoke cloud behind which the attackers came on

Two aeroplanes and a kite balloon observed our movements from above.

May 5th: Brigade preparing for move tomorrow.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]


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