Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. II (14 January 1916 to 31 January 1917)
the House to pieces when they fire. - I really don't know how we sleep at all with the awful racket going on - It is appalling to have to use the telephones, with 6" Guns, 18 pdrs & all sorts of other horrors whanging off all round one. July 22nd ALBERT. Attended conference at D.H.Q. present G.O.C. M.G.R.A. - barrages for tonights operation amended - Recd Div operation order. In afternoon round to Bde Comds to communicate time operations & artillery fire is to commence. Enemy fire much brisker this afternoon - It is perfect Hell tonight at 10.30 p.m. & the strafe proper is not due to commence before 12.30 a.m. the sight from my office window out over the Battle field with Star Shell flares. Guns & mortars firing bombs & shell bursting is weird in the extreme. July 23rd ALBERT. Sunday. The attack on POZIERES by our Div commenced at 12.30 this morning & has been going on all day. I have of course with most of my staff, also been up all night so far all has gone well with us as far as can be seen we have captured best part of the Village & inflicted Serious losses on the enemy & we have I fear suffered severely too although I know nothing at present of our losses. It was a weird & amazing scene last night with the guns & shells lighting up the night like day. 'X' While the roar & thunder of the hundreds 'X' of Guns engaged along the front was appalling - I was congratulated this morning on the achievements of the Artillery by my G.O.C. - Gen Gough, Gen Birdwood & others most warmly - I wonder why we always have our Battles on Sunday, for today is Sunday. July 24th Battle of POZIERES. Still proceeding [Page] 69.