(October 2 to October 10, 1918)
(Continued from the March issue)
The Ninth Day of October
(See Map X.)
THE commanding general of the American 2d Division, Major General Lejeune, on the morning of October 9 issued the following order to the commanding general of the American 71st Brigade, General Pegram-Whitworth:
The combat lines of the 71st Infantry Brigade will be smoothed out, the troops echeloned in depth. Attempts will be made to feel out the enemy, and contact will be kept up with the neighboring divisions. There will also be a reconnaissance of the trench system located eight hundred meters north of St. Etienne. These trenches, if unoccupied by the enemy, will be occupied by our own troops, otherwise they will be attacked at 11:00 a.m.
Supplementary orders were to the effect that General Whitworth was to prepare for taking over the entire sector of the American 2d Division, which was scheduled to be withdrawn during the night of October 9 to 10.