21st Division 1914-18...a divisional history

Bite and Hold Policy

The term 'bite and hold' was used to depict a style of fighting on the Western Front. Rawlinson is one of the foremost recognised Generals who favoured this in place of the 'Thruster' style of elan attack. The idea was to attack, bite of a section or small objective of the enemy's line and then hold it whilst the enemy wasted men and time in counterattacks that would, hopefully, be repulsed, by the troops occupying the taken section and the help of supporting artillery. The fact the objectives were small and limited meant that they were easily resupplable and could in theory be easily and quickly taken.