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

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Guns & his policy is to break up our communications & Road & our spirit too to prevent us further attacking him. his friend the weather however promises to do that for him. the present conditions are Hell for the unfortunate men employed anywhere almost, East of YPRES I went to see Gen. HOBKIRK at [...] Bde. H.Qs. this morning, things seemed fairly satisfactory. I spoke to Gen Hobkirk re. clearing up the complaints against L'. Col. STREET Comdg 54 Bn & his charge against the Adjutant Lowell & asked the G.O.C. to put things in writing & get it settled. On my way back (with Capt. HUNN I had to pass through the zone of the Bosche [sic] shelling, & had a close call we were both covered with mud & water from exploding shell. it was very unpleasant. It is a wretched night. Oct. 20th Very fine day, visibility bad. Fairly quiet night, & day also casualties I do not think more than about 30. Waited in for Gen C.B.B WHITE but he was unable to come. Gen BIRDWOOD called about 3. pm. Visited Y.M.C.A. hut near Shrapnell Corner, & new Div Baths in YPRES which are very good built by 15 Field Coy. Oct. 21st - fine day, visibility indifferent. B.G.G.S called in re question of Winter quarters (Dug Out's etc) for this Sector of line, & also about use of Stokes mortars against areoplanes. [sic] I recommended Bde. H.Qs for forward [Page] 120