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

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I told him our right Bde had been continually attacked from 5.30.a.m. & the 33rd Div on our right driven back exposing our flank. I went with him to see Gen WOOD Comg. 33rd & to get him to counter attack, we assisting which he promised to do. All the rest of the day until about 8. pm. the fighting continued, but we held our own though severely punished by enemys shell fire. Gen Elliott G.O.C. 15th Bde rang me up to say impossible to carry out tomorrow mornings attack. I repd he would have to do it & gave him 2 Bn from 8th Bde. Very anxious time. I fear our troops may be caught by Enemy barrage in getting up to "jumping off" line in the morning have done all I can to ensure success in tomorrows attack at 5.40.am. turned in for a few hours rest at 12.30.pm after a very strenuous day. Sept. 26. Fine day Our attack commenced at 5.40 this morning & has been a complete success. all objectives gained except an angle of the blue line where we have had to [...] our right flank as the 33rd failed to get to the jumping off line in time - they have been a source of great anxiety to me by leaving my right flank uncovered. The fighting has been very severe especially on our right where we have had to fight also for the 33rd Div. (98th Bde.) & the 31st Bn has practically fought on the left of their part of the advance [Page] 105