2nd/4th South Lancashire Regiment Home Defence Scheme
- The following document is a copy of the 'Home Defence Scheme' of the 2nd/4th South Lancashire Regiment of 14th October 1940. Such documents record general instructions concerning how military units were expected to conduct the defence of an area. In this case, much of the document concerns how the 2nd/4th South Lancashire's were to operate in conjunction with other military elements in the area. Such schemes were regularly updated and the version presented here is the 3rd edition.
- Such documents are often heavily abbreviated and contain a high level of detail. For the historian, such documents are useful in that they give unit boundaries and locations for individual positions. In this case, the details of the artillery support for the South Lancashire's and the positions of the observation posts have proved particularly valuable. The locations mentioned refer not to the Ordnance Survey Grid but to the military system known variously as the War Office Grid, Military Grid and the Cassini Grid. This document is appended to the 2nd/4th South Lancashire's war diary (TNA WO 166/4680).
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List of Abbreviations
Adjt 2/4 S. Lan. R. Adjutant 2nd/4th South Lancashire Regiment
AMPC Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps
C. D. Bty Coastal Defence Battery
DRLS Despatch Rider Letter Service
DSO Distinguished Service Order
FDL Forward Defended Locality
FOO Forward Observation Officer
HD Home Defence
HG Home Guard
IO Intelligence Officer
LMG Light Machine Gun
Med Regt Medium Regiment
MTO Motor Transport Officer
OC Officer Commanding
OP Observation Post
QF Quick Fire
RAF Royal Air Force
Rpg Rounds per gun
S7 A Vulnerable Point (see below), in this case RAF Radar Station at Darsham.
SAA Small Arms Ammunition
SO Signals Officer
SOS Task Defensive artillery fire put down in front of troops during an enemy attack. It is usually pre-arranged and is called for in this case by a golden rain rocket.
VP Vulnerable Point