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

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came to see me this morning to see if they could do anything for us. The Corps. D.A. & Q.M.G. Bgd. Gen LEGGE was also here this Afternoon. March 31st Fine fresh day, good vis rain during night. Very heavy squalls of rain during day- A quiet night, some shells (H.V) passing over here. Morning reports of Attacks repulsed & successful counter Attacks & captures of prisoners & M.Gs. all along our line very cheering. Time of warning to march altered from 1 hour to 3 hours notice. Reports throughout day mention little or no change in Army front, but I hear the french & our own troops have achieved a great success down south, captured 900 prisoners & inflicted heavy losses on the Boche Infy Bgdr report all well & their men now properly rested & fit. This is Easter Sunday. I hope my last Easter Sunday in the Field. April 1st Dull generaly (sic) bright intervals, vis good. Very quiet night (except for several Boche planes overhead here & some bomb droping some distance away during night.) Situation on front practically unchanged, except cheery news of outpost encounters. Warning to move altered from 3 to 1 hours notice. 3.30. p.m. Warning notice altered from 1 hour to 3 hours. I took advantage of this to ride through LOUVERCOURT & to ACHEUX to see Bns of the 8th & 14th Infy Bdes billeted there. The troops all seemed fit & with little complaint about shortage in bread ration but they can get biscuit. some disappointment at not being able 178