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

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It rained more or less all night, & we were again undoubtedly beaten by the weather How the men can "stick it" how they can advance at all in this awful beastly torn up ground mud I know not they are heroes, but it is really asking too much of them & the Artillery cannot get their Guns to support or if they could I dont know how they could get ammunition forward I fear our losses have been severe. it hasent been a good day. Oct. 13th Wet as usual. Quiet night. Went to see Gen ELLIOTT at 15th Bde H.Qs at HALFWAY HOUSE the mud was awful getting there. His people seem quite cheerful. We relieve the 8th Bde to night. (sic) Gen BIRDWOOD called I saw him at 4th Aust Div H.Qs. No further operations for 9 or 10 days we remain in the line then shall probably be asked to do what the others tried to do yesterday. Oct 14th fine day. 15 Bde relieved 8th Bde in front system very few casualties. Mud very bad everywhere. Duckboards badly smashed by gun fire. Saw Gen CARRUTHERS with regard to the wretched condition of WARRINGTON Rd which I had reported to C.E yesterday In afternoon went to see G.O.C. 14th Bde. at HALFWAY HOUSE. His Bde got in alright, & he reports are in good condition. [Page] 117