It was decided to envelope the enemy’s left flank

TCD MS 3414 folio 44 recto

TCD MS 3414 folio 44 recto

[September 1915]

Plan of attack

It was decided to envelope the enemys left flank, and attempt to cut off the retreat of his force, who were holding the Horse Shoe Marsh, to the bridge of boats and Kut-el-Amarah. On the evening of the 27th the 18th Bde <& 63rd Bt RFA> under General Fry were to engage Horse Shoe Marsh, while the remainder of the Division, namely the 16th, 17th & 30 composite brigades & some cavalry were to cross by our pontoon bridge to the right bank and make a display of force, to make the Turks believe that the attack would be carried out against their strong position of Es-Sinn (which would have suited them!) After night fall this force was to recross the river, leaving the 30th Bde on the right bank to guard the bridge head & contain the enemy, and concentrate at  <Clery’s> Post. Before daybreak on the 28th the 16th Bde <less 20th Punjabis, 104 Rifles & ½ the 117th Maherettas who were left at Clerys Post> under Gen Delamain with the 82 Battery RFA and the Harts howitzer battery were to advance towards the “X” defences between the Swada & Sawaich Marshes; the 17th Bde <plus 20th Punjabis 104 Rifles> 76 battery RFA under General Haughton were to advance towards the same defences in co-operation with General