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

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Oct. 8th Wet & cold during night but fine morning Came on to rain hard at 4/30 pm & continued to midnight. Went to H.Qs 14th & 15th Infy Bdes & saw G.Os.C also saw G.O.C. 8th Bde. at my H.Qs. All the Bde Groups are moving up today in readiness to relieve 1st Aust Div night 9/10th. Oct. 9th Rain stopped about midnight & strong drying wind followed 'X' The 5th Army & our 2nd Aust Div on which they are pivoting commenced another operation at 6.20 this morning. Objective PASSCHENDAELE Ridge. At 10.am reports all going very favorably. The Bosche must have had a very great suprise being attacked this morning after such an awful afternoon yesterday & night. Oct. 10th Very fine from midnight Came on to rain at 9.30 am Left SCOTTISH LINES camp at 9.am arrived at Div H.Qs. at LILLE GATE YPRES at 9.30 a.m & took over from G.O.C. 1st Aust Div at 9.50. am. Quarters in old ramparts are good but of course stuffy & inconvenient & cramped after what we have had I nearly knocked my head off against a beam. The situation in this Sector seems alright. 8th Bde relieved 3rd Bde without mishap & one of 8th Bde patrols captured 4 prisoners this morning. first blood to us. G.S.O.1 & G learner have gone (10.am) up to to see 8th Bde. I am a bit blue this morning not feeling quite up to the mark didnt have a good night what [Page] 114