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

page 86
image 91 of 108

This transcription is complete

Dec 4th To H.Qs H.A. VIVIER MILL then to Right Sect H.Qs at BERNAFY WOODS. Saw G.O.C. 5th Aust. Div. discussed Artily with him & also alleged Short Shooting, he expressed his satisfaction with Art - & denied Short Shooting which he said was not our own but from Eny Batts at LE TRANSLOY. Afterwards with Art Group Comd. I inspected some Batts & 2 Bde H.Qs of Art. in this Sector. I emphasised on all the necessity for proper observation & registration. From Bde op at T.8.to.½.7½ I got a fine view of general situation seeing FLERS- GEUDECOORT- BEAULENCOURT- LE TRANSLOY & 'X' LES BEOUF. It was a very interesting bright & Sunny day. but walking over the shell torn ground full of craters & of the nature of pudding. the ground being in a state of thaw. all over the ground east of FLERS & in the northern part & N of DELVILLE WOOD was all the waste of war equipment. Rifles amm both ours & German while numerous bodies nearly all German lay in mummified condition all over the ground & even where buried were often resurrected by Bosch Shell. While I was there as during my visit to the left Sector the Bosch Shell from 8" downwards were falling all along the ridge & among our Batteries & dug outs. it is marvellous how we seem to escape so lightly. I walked about 7 miles ret'd with Gen Johnson & had some lunch at his H.Qs about 3.30 pm Dec. 5th Engaged in Office all day. some rain Dec. 6th Visited D.A Schools & Bdes in training 2nd & 4th D.A at NAOURS. 5th D.A at WARGNES. 1st at HAVERNAS. T.M. School at FREMONT - 1st D.A had made a satisfactory start also the T.M. School others had not. came back through [Page] 94