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

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thunderstorms. cold & changeable good visibility. During the morning went to see G.O.C. 14th Infy. Bde. with reference to his operation order. for the attack on LOUVERVAL and DOIGNIES. tomorrow morning. Got him to alter his method of attack & envelope both places from N.W approved of amended order submitted to me during the afternoon. April 2nd Frost during night bright fine until 3 pm. then howling snow storm until about 5.30. pm. after high cold wind. The Attack on LOUVERVAL and DOIGNIES was made by the 55th & 56th Bn at daybreak this morning the enemy were suprised & by 7 p.m we were in possession & had pushed out beyond both places. The fighting was severe so far our losses seem to be about 40 killed & 200 wounded. The enemys losses [...] from all accounts are heavy. He counter attacked 5 times before 10. a.m. & about 5 p.m & was caught by our Artillery fire on one occassion 500 of his men were reported by air service in the open & suffered very heavy losses. I went to G.O.C. 14th Infy Bde about 11. a m. told him he must push out posts on high ground to both flanks. Had wire from G.O.C Army Corps congratulating us [Page] 26