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

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Incident of the ghoulishness of the munition worker from York W. A. who knocked a tooth from the skull of a Hun in a sheet here in Delville Wood early this year 1917 when being conducted round by Chirnside (A.D.C to Gen Birdwood.) Traffic etc Oct. 1917 The traffic heavy Motors Lorries Car pack transport G.S Wagons Amm Wagons etc on the MENIN Rd is indescribable the Road is in an awful mess as are the courderoy (sic- corduroy) Roads (CAMBRIDGE & WARRINGTON) the awful mud the waste the 18 pd fixed Amm dropped all over the place the S.A.A. & all sorts of munitions & shell the awful waste of war & last & not least the unfortunate animals dead from exhaustion or broken limbs at the side of the Roads its dreadful. Yesterday the poor corpse of a Soldier that I stumbled across near KIT KAT just bedded in the awful mud, to say nothing of feet & other such ghastly relics thrown about - 15/10/17 Enemys Bombardment (YPRES Sector) Enemy has put up an intense bombardment from his ZANVOORDE Group since 5/30 p.m. until about 8. am this morning from all Calibres & Gas shell our unfortunate men have to stick it in the mud holes, shell holes or what little shelter they can get, hour after hour sitting in their gas masks, wet & cold & with the prospect of extinction threatening them every moment. nobody can realize what it means