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

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close to the Village & fired 115 rounds enfilading the main street through the Village & got his [...] (& their Gun next day) unharmed. July 29th ALBERT (fine day) The 2nd Div attack did not succeed a little ground was gained on the left, but I fear it was a very costly undertaking. I think my Gunners did all that could be expected from them. I have of course been up all night again it is very trying. Arrangements have been made to make any attack on these trenches & a severe bombardment with heavy artillery is now going on. The causes of non success was I think numbers too thin for long line of attack 1200 X. 1 Bde. Jump off for attack too far from object of attack. (Should not be more than 200 X, especially over such broken ground) - Want of a heavy bombardment by heavy Art,up to time of assault, & some of Enemy wire still remaining intact - July 30th ALBERT (fine day) Gen Birdwood called & with reference to Gen Patons complaint that wire had not been cut by Art. Stated he was perfectly satisfied that the Art had done all that could be done & he [was] had every confidence in it - & I was not to worry about it in the least degree. 1200 Called on G.O.C. 2nd Aust Div & arranged to hand over at 6 p.m. 2/30 p.m. Called at O/C 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 21st Bdes. (enemy shelling round Batteries several men killed near me) Informed Bde Commanders that [Page] 72