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Officers' Raid


Hedley Malloch
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I am reading an account of a trench raid mounted by the British against the Germans in 1917. The war diary of the unit which performed the raid describes it as an 'Officers' Raid'? What was an officers' raid and how did it differ from an ordinary trench raid?

Many thanks in advance for all help received.

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Could it be a snatch of a German officer for intelligence purposes.

Rob

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I've probably got this completly wrong but I've always taken it to mean a raid commanded by an officer as opposed to one commanded by an NCO.

Roger.

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Hedley

I've always assumed that an "officer's raid" was a small scale affair - a few men and one officer rather than, say, the company or two on a "full raid".

But can't say for certain.

John

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Some raids were led by officers and others by experienced NCOs. I have just been referring to some information about the 1/7th Middlesex where raids were led alternately by a Cpl and 2/Lts. Size of the party didn't seem to matter as to who was in charge. Largest one was led by the Cpl (who later got the MM for his activities).

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