5th Camerons Op. Order No. 1
Normandy, 17th July 1944
This Operation Order was kindly provided by Mrs TBM Lamb and was signed by her late husband, then Adjutant of 5th Camerons.
5 CAMERONS OPERATION ORDER NO.1
17 Jul 44.
1. As known, plus the assumption that 2 SEAFORTH or 5 SEAFORTH areas have been partially or completely overrun.
2. The Bn will counter-attack and regain areas of either 2 SEAFORTH or 5 SEAFORTH.
If fwd bns are partially overrun coys must be prepared to carry out their tasks independently of the Bn plan, with the minimum delay. If both Seaforth Bns are overrun, no counter-attack will be carried out. The Bn Area will then be held as at present.
5 SEAFORTH - LAGGAN
2 SEAFORTH - MOIDART
A - LAGGAN (5 SEAFORTH)
5. Phase 1.
B Coy right - objective area A Coy SEAFORTH
D Coy left - objective area B Coy SEAFORTH
A Coy - Fire coy area fwd edge of their present area.
Axis of -Advance - Hedge junc 133716 - 5 SEAFORTH Comd Post.
FUP and SL - Hedge running EAST AND WEST through hedge junc 133716.
D and B Coys will make good the line of hedge from 131712 - 135711 on consolidation.
6. Phase 11.
C Coy - right - objective FARM and ORCHARD 132709.
A Coy - left - objective area tr junc 133708.
Pass through fwd coys, axis as for Phase 1.
7. Sp Arms.
(a) Mortar. Present area. Task - prepare to smoke left flank area 136714 and prepare fire on triangle.
(b) Carriers. Two secs right flank protection, area A Coy present location. Pl, less two secs, protect rear Bn HQ.
(c) A.Tk. Remain present posns and prepare to move fwd on order.
(d) Arty. Prearranged tasks as per Trace A. One FOO with fwd coys.
(e) 4.2" Mortars. Prepared to fire on following tasks:
A - X RDS 126712
B - PRE BARON FARM 128705
C - X RDS 136706
D - X RDS 140707
E - Astride RD 139713
F - TR JUNC 144714
(f) Tks. Sp fwd coys from right flank, thence prepared moved fwd on order.
(g) MMGs. Sp with fire on ESCOVILLE area from present posns.
8. RAP. Remains present location.
Jeep post SEAFORTH RAP.
9. "F" Ech move fwd under Sp Coy Comd.
10. Tac HQ move in rear of fwd coys to SEAFORTH Comd Post.
MIN Bn HQ remains present location.
B- MOIDART (2 SEAFORTH)
11. Phase I.
A Coy right - objective B Coy area 2 SEAFORTH.
B Coy left - objective area Comd Post 2 SEAFORTH, forming firm base.
SL - line of hedge running SOUTH from 133718.
12. Phase II.
C Coy -objective D Coy area 2 SEAFORTH.
Route - (a) through fwd coys
or (b) left flanking via BRICKWORKS.
13. Phase III.
D Coy - objective area A or C Coy area 2 SEAFORTH.
14. Sp Arms.
(a) Mortars. remain present area.
Task - prepare to fire area EAST of RD and protect right flank of
(b) Carriers. Prepared to move on orders.
A.Tk. Prepared to move on orders.
(c) MMGs To move to B Coy objective and prepare to cover main road Southwards.
(d) Tks. Sp fwd coys from HQ area, thence move fwd on order.
(e) Arty. As for LAGGAN.
(f) 4.2" Mortars. As for LAGGAN.
15. As for LAGGAN.
16. As for LAGGAN
TBM Lamb (signed)
Adjutant, 5 Camerons