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

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this is very close up to HUN LINE. am of opinion O.P.s can be obtained for observing this area, & instructed L'. Col BROWNE this must at once be done. Met Col Bennett & L'. Col Coulter at 8th Bn H.Qs. 5.30 p.m. Saw C.R.A. 4th Imp Div to make final arrangements about taking over Artillery command - fine day Sept 3rd. Took over Comnd Artillery 1st Aust Div Area at 8 a.m. Saw C.R.A. 4th Aust Div told him my G.O.C. could not agree to him placing 3 Batts in our Area below VERBRANDMOLEM, but might put in Batt or Sect for emergency purposes. (fine day) Sept 4th G.O.C.R.A. 1st Anzac called & I expd dispositions of Guns Zones of fire, etc on our area. I called later on B.G.R.A. heavy Art & ascertained number of Guns & method of cooperation on our front. Called on Art Group Comd right Group & ascertained arrangements had been made for mutual assistance & support with Group on right. (4th Aust Div Art) arranged about employment (method) trench mortars. Reported to G.O.C. light rain occasionally during day - Sept 5th HOOGGRAAF. Called on left Art Group Comndr with D.T.M.O. explained method of employing trench mortars, & that right Group Comdr was emplacing enfilading Battery near Maple Copse. Arrangements made with adjoining group on left. (4th Imp Div) for mutual artillery assistance & support in case of attack. Met Inft Bgd 1st Infty Bde. Inspected 102 - 7 - 8th Batteries Reported G.O.C. - Very wet day. [Page] 82