(map used with the kind permission of http://59div.morssweb.com)
Across the centre of the Charnwood front the three infantry brigades of the 59th Division were positioned as follows:
- 197 Brigade opposite Galamanche on the right flank
- 177 Brigade in reserve in front of Cambes-en-Plaine
- 176 Brigade opposing the fortified villages of La Bijude and La Londe
The allotted tasks of the 177 Brigade in the centre of the front was to secure the stronghold villages of Galamanche (a 2/6th Battalion - (presently under the command of 197 Brigade) objective) and La Bijude (a 1/6th Battalion objective). It was the role of the 5th Battalion to stand firm in the area between these two villages and to exploit any opportunities that these simultaneous actions on either side of there position presented.
The battle orders stipulated that the attack would start at 5.30 on the morning of 8th July with full tank and artillery support.
On the basis of acquired military intelligence, it was the expectation of the I Corps commanders that all of the objectives would be delivered into Allied hands within one hour of the start of the assault.