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Memorandum for Captain Graves,1
March 8, 1918 [Menil-la-Tour], France
Preliminary arrangements and movements RICHECOURT raid.
Special patrols will be sent out before J Day to note changes in aspect of enemy’s wire and lines.
2. Route forward from Position 1 bis.
The movement of your party forward by daylight from RAMBUCOURT to subcenter H/1 is a very delicate operation. You will have the leader of each small group which is to go forward from RAMBUCOURT to Center H, reconnoiter the route before J Day. You will arrange for guides to be posted in the communicating trenches to be used between RAMBUCOURT and subcenter H/1.
3. Checking Officer.
You will prepare a plain, accurate list of your entire party, including every man who goes forward to jumping off point. Your Quartermaster, stationed at a selected point in subcenter H/1, will be charged with checking off each man and officer as he returns. All will be instructed as to the importance of this and the guides will be posted and instructed so that men will be passed back to checking officer.
A copy of the list will be given the Adjutant, 26th Infantry at RAMBUCOURT and arrangements made for rechecking the party at that point.
A copy of the list will be furnished these headquarters.
4. Movements from JOUY sous les COTES.
3:30A.M. J Day—Leave JOUY in 4 trucks for RAMBUCOURT.
3:00 P.M. J Day—Pioneer groups leave RAMBUCOURT for P.C. of subcenter H/1, followed at intervals by remainder of party in small groups.
5. Movements returning from raid.
Leave RAMBUCOURT by four trucks as soon as party has been checked up, returning to JOUY. Capt. Graves to report direct to Division Headquarters.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (RG 120), Records of the First Division, Historical File, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Captain Sidney C. Graves (U.S.M.A., 1915). A similar memorandum was given to the leader of the other raiding party, Captain Joseph Quesenberry, Eighteenth Infantry.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 131-132.