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

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Divisional Sector. L'. Col. PRATT in command. In Afternoon to 15th Infy. Bde. H.Qs. saw Gen ELLIOTT in connection with the distribution & defence of the Reserve lines & Bde area & gave him instructions about River & Bridge defences, & co operation of Tanks. the Female tanks are at his call. May 6th Fine day fair vis. Engaged with drawings etc of Casemate. Inspected 15th F. Amb. at LES ALENCONS very satisfactory. Gen MONASH called in Afternoon to obtain our co operation in pushing out the front line on our extreme left. I consented & directed G.O.C 8th Bde to make necessary arrangements Showed Gen MONASH my Casemate invention he is most favorably impressed Gen RAWLINSON Comg. IV Army (ours) called this evening & I explained our situation to him he also saw the model of my Invention (Casemate) & was most favorably impressed with it. X I sent on the description long explanatory letter & sketches to Gen BIRDWOOD of my Invention of the still M. G. Casemate to night. May 7th Dull & drizzling. Quiet night. Advanced our line on the left without trouble to cover similar advance by the 3 Aust Div. Visited H.Qs. 8th & 14th Infy. Bdes. saw both G.Os.C - C.R.E. with me. I arranged with G.O.C. 8th Bde & with G.O.C. 9th Infy Bde for our cooperation in the attack or minor enterprise for tonight but refused to go to the extent Gen ROSENTHAL wanted. Arranged with G.O.C. 14th Bde. with aid of Pioneer Coy. to dig Switch trench on his right front in continuation of Pioneer C.T. trench. Saw B.G.G.S. told him about proposed operation by 3 Aust Div & our co operation which I was not keen on. he told me he would stop it. I found out later 6. p.m. however he had not done so & Corps. Comdr. wished us to help. 197