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

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July 29th Heavy thunderstorms until about 2.p.m. The Division moved today (move finishes morning 31st) to the vicinity of BLARINGHEM where Div H.Qs. are to be. I left RUBEMPRE with Mervyn & Col HEARNE at 10.p.m. & arrived at CHATEAU at BLARINGHEM at 1.15 pm. Very good quarters at the chateau. heavy thunder storms on way In afternoon went to H.Qs. 1st Anzac Corps. Saw Gen White & had tea with Gen Birdwood Gen WHITE spoke about trouble between Gen Elliott & his Bde Major & said Gen Elliott had written to him about it. I explained the matter as far as I knew to both Gens White & Birdwood. While I was in Gen White's office the Comder in Chief Sir Douglas Haig came in & I was with him for about 15 minutes He was very optimistic 'X' about the general situation thought [ ] it as good as it had ever been I hear our attack commences on Tuesday 31st We have given the Boche a most awful bombarding during this last 10 days & I hear one of his Divisions near YPRES cleared out yesterday Sunday evening - Have got settled down very pleased with our quarters - July 30th Threatening, little drizzle in morning fine after. In morning went with G.S.O.1 to inspect the manouvre area [Page] 79