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

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Oct. 25th Fine day, drying (high) wind 'X' Started out to Bde H.Qs. at HALFWAY HOUSE but just before reaching it Bosche [sic] commenced to retaliate to a practice bombardment we had put up. Just as we reached X Corps Ammunition Dump, he got some 9'-2' shell into some dumps a tremendous explosion occurred & splinter & debris fell alround as there was no great necessity for me to continue the journey I considered discretion the better part of valour & came back. The Corps Comdr Gen WHITE B.G.G.S. & Gen HOWSE came to see me. Gen expressed his satisfaction of our work & told me I was to go on leave as soon as I got out of this line. "X" We got the good news this evening that the French had increased their gains near S S to 11000 prisoners & 120 guns. Oct. 26th Putrid wet day. 'X' A good deal of gunnery all night & bombing early part of night. The V & II Armies attacked this morning, along the front N & S of us, the PAESCHENDAELE Ridge & toward GHELUVELT. The result is somewhat obscure So far about 300 prisoners reported. I really dont know how the men can fight at all under the filthy weather conditions. 'O' Since early this morning a Enemy long range Gun has been dropping heavy H.V. - D.A. shell in & about our quarters every 15 min precisely only one is wanted to settle our hash here. L'. Col. DOWNIE new A.D.M.S. & L'. Col STURDEE new C.R.E reported today for duty. "X" Called to see G.O.C. 1st Aust Div about 5. p.m to see if I could help him tomorrow [Page 122]