Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. II (14 January 1916 to 31 January 1917)

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lanes about here - missed collision with an Amb Car on its wrong side by a few inches. This is the second close shave this week narrowly escaped similar accident going to CASSEL. May 28th With C/O. Left Group. Selecting & inspecting O.P.s in trees etc for Art. Observation in Left group. 'X' I find tree climbing rather a difficult & exhausting proposition. I nearly fainted when I had climbed about 40' up one tree to day. I am very anxious about this problem of observation, we can only rely on trees now I am sure all this O.Ps in Buildings will be blown out in a heavy bombardment by Enemy. The Caterpillar traction engines for taking guns etc over heavy & broken ground are most queer but powerful machines. 'X' Whilst in an O.P. today I had an opportunity of observing the tremendous power of our bombs, the effect is like a mine explosion pieces of enemy wire are blown back. 300 or 400 X with our trenches A bomb fell the other day blind on one of the enemy parapets & was pulled in by a Hun. evidently on reaching the edge of the parapet it rolled over to the ground a tremendous explosion followed & pieces of Fritz' wood & Iron were plainly visible in the air. fine day. [Page] 49