Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:16 PM
No doubt you will get many answers. Such recce forays would vary. sometimes it could be a large 'trench raid' that could even have some Artillery support. this would be undertaken to test the enemy and take some prisoners. Or a small party just to keep everyone on their toes. A small recce, sometimes an officer with an experienced nco may go out to scout the enemies wire and defences as a prelude to a bigger attack. These raid often varied between units, some commanding officers adopting a more aggresive attitude to keep everyone on their toes. This could help moral or have the opposite effect. Reading unit diaries gives the impression that it was the norm and policy for units to keep up such activities. Of course it does beg the question were some units more pro active than others. Most Infantry diaries I have read seem to suggest that it was the norm rather than the exception. even some 'Heavy' Artillery diaries have mentioned an operational order in support of a trench raid. If you were able to obtain some unit diaries over a period they are sometimes quite informative of these raids, and I have seen junior officers reports attached to the diary. hope this helps.