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

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Afterwards (12.30 p.m) I went to 14th Infy. Bde H.Qs. at NOREUIL to acquaint him of what was going on on our left & of the probable retirement of the enemy to the DROCOURT Line. NOREUIL valley being shelled & gas still very noticeable about. saw where 105 How Batt had been shelled on night of 18th One How blown to fragments 3 men were killed 12 wounded at this gun. May 21st Dull rain commd at 11 am fair visibility We had quiet night on our front but heavy bombardment on our left at 3.45 am. 'X' The Boche has been methodically shelling our Batteries this afternoon he put in between 3 & 9 pm. over 300 rds 8" & other heavy stuff on a 60 pd Batty quite close to our Advanced H.Qs. Splinters have been flying all over the place here. (At the same time he shelled a 9"2 Battery near MARICOURT WOOD. he did not succeed in hurting either guns or personnel so far as the 60 pd Batt. is concerned I now fear he may start on the the 6" Mark VII Batt. placed in VAULX against my wishes by V's Corps & about which I have strongly protested to Corps (1st Anzac) both verbally & in writing. If the Guns are shelled it will be disastrous to our Infantry billeted all round them. The Gas bombardment again postponed on account of unfavorable wind conditions in [...] it for our defence by 15th Infy. Bde. S.O.S. signals given & barrage fire opened along our front. about 9 pm but nothing in the way of Infy attack developed. [Page] 51.