Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)

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forward as VELU - a good view of the enemy comity was obtained from the ruined Railway Station there. 'X' I am more than ever impressed with the difficulties & hardships our men had to contend with in the late trench fighting the ground was practically a morass the trenches ditches. The immense amt of work in preparing defended localities is more than ever apparent & also his complete & wanton destruction of everything. The day was very cold, with frequent snow & hail storms but bright & clear intervals. The ground was covered with snow this morning. The tactical situation on our front unchanged we cannot go further until the Divisions on our right & left push forward. March 23rd Hard frost last night ground lightly covered with snow. bright intervals during day. fine. The enemy pushed us out of BEAUMETZ at 5.a.m this morning, but we recaptured it at about 9.30 am. both the enemy & ourselves had severe casualties actual numbers not yet known. later - As the result of todays fighting we killed 68 Boches & got 2 wounded prisoners. our cas. 1 Off. 23 killed 73 wounded. The Boche must have had many wounded too. [Page] 20