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

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Got back about 11/30 a.m. Army Comdr. Gen PLUMER called at noon & congratulated me most heartily on our success which he said was of great value. he said the C. in Chief was delighted with our success. Our Casualties probably amt to 1800 on the two days fighting. We have killed at least 1000 Bosches without those accounted for by the Artillery & have taken well over 400 O.R. 10 officers prisoner 21 M.G. & 7 Minnewafers, 2 Tel. sets other stores & most valuable documents & papers. Sept. 28 Fine day. Fairly quiet night though we had bombing all round here & 3 S.O.S. calls at 4.55. the Boche raided the 30th Bn front but we captured 9 & killed about 150 (the rest of the party) later in the day about 100 O.R & 2 officers came in & surrendered to the 8th Bde. this is splendid. At 9.a.m. I went with C.R.E. to Bde H.Qs. at HOOGE to see the G.Os.C 14th & 8th Bde on the situation & also to arrange for clearing the Road & other necessary Engineer works. Col. Wagstaff came to lunch & brought a Maj HOPE of the U.S. Army to stay with us for a couple of days to learn our system of Intelligence. Maj Gen. Shoebridge Comdg. 7th Div & Officers of the 21st Div both of which are relieving us came to day for information which [Page] 108