9th Lancs

125th Brigade,42nd Division

Battalion Boundary: Slaughden to Sizewell House (see map)

Battalion HQ – Stone House

Invasion Threat: Enemy expected to invade by landings on beach and/or troops landing by parachute/glider/troop carrying aeroplane in rear areas.

Battalion Intent: Repel all enemy landings. There will be no withdrawal.

On warning “stand to” all troops will be at 30 minutes warning. On warning “action stations” all companies will man battle positions (see map). Road blocks to be manned and closed (with the exception of one rail to allow the passage of motor cycles) although be capable of being reopened in five minutes. Detachments of the mortar platoon with two six inch mortars and ammunition will proceed to battle positions by 15 cwt trucks. The rest of the mortar platoon will proceed by 15 cwt truck with two three inch mortars and ammunition to Battalion HQ. The carrier platoon (less on carrier) will proceed to Battalion HQ while one carrier will proceed to Brigade HQ. The battalion will also have the support of various artillery and machine guns from the 4th Cheshire’s. There may also be the support of the armored train which can operate along the railway line Leiston-Aldeburgh (armed with two six pounder guns, two anti-tank rifles and six light machine guns).

Instructions were also issued on the preparation of defensive positions. The defence was to be organized on a platoon basis based on a thin linear strip of defended localities. Localities were to be capable of all round defence. Three lines of wire were to run along the beach, with wire at right angles to protect flanks. Use was to be made of dummy positions to aid concealing the real localities. All platoons were also to have a ‘snow track plan’ to avoid pin-pointing defences and to make tracks to dummy positions to mislead the enemy. Troops responsible for manning road blocks were to practice at least twice monthly in putting the rails into position. The instructions also mention concrete blocks (with wire to be interlaced between them) and the presence of minefields.

9th Lancashire Fusiliers: Defence of Aldeburgh 9th Lancashire Fusiliers: Defence of Thorpeness

  9th Lancashire Fusiliers: Defence of Aldringham cum Thorpe

8th Battalion, 5th Company, Suffolk Home Guard
This company, in the area of 9th Lancs was responsible for the defence of Leiston. On “action stations” machine guns were to be fetched from their various store locations and set up for defence. The first Home Guards to reach their rifle posts were to fetch ammunition and bombs from the stores. Eight men were to report to Leiston works and take the works truck or car and distribute 20 rounds of AP round to two 12 pdr guns and 20 AP and 20 HE to another two. The 12 pdr (a quick firing naval gun) was manufactured by Garrets of Leiston and six had been made available for home defence. The remaining two guns had to be transported along with five rounds of AP and three HE to prepared positions. The gun crews were expected to act as gunners or infantry as the situation demanded.

8th Battn, 5th coy Suffolk Home Guard: Defence of Quick firing naval 12 pounder gun
Leiston

During November, instructions were issued to 9th Lancashire Fusiliers to occupy the Stratford St Andrew – Yoxford Line in the area of Friday Street-Bigsby’s Corner-Kelsdale. Company officers were ordered to survey their area for sites for platoon posts. Instructions were given that all section posts within the platoon locality were to be mutually supporting and the platoon locality capable for all round defence. All section posts were to be within voice range of the platoon HQ. Work was not to begin on these posts until further instructions.

9th Lancashire Fusiliers: Stratford St Andrew - Yoxford

References:
9th Lancashire Fusilier Papers, NRA

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