Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
G.S.O.1 8th 14th & 15th Bde. Bgdrs & B.M. C.R.A. O/C 11 Tank Bn Capt. HAY Coy. Sqdn 16th Lancers O/C Whippet det Tanks Bn Comder of Assaulting? Bdes etc I gave final instructions & orders for forthcoming Operations for the capture of CHAULNES. In Afternoon about 4/30 Gen MONTGOMMERY M.G.G.S. fourth Army called & told me Operation was postponed indefinately & shortly after B.G.G.S. Aust Corps confirmed it & said we should probably have to hold the line for a time just S of the SOMME. (Conference of Aust Corp. Comdr & Div Comdr tomorrow at 10/30 am) Gen Montgommery was most cordial in his congratulations on our success. X Afterward 5/30 p.m. Gen RAWLINSON called & congratulated & thanked me for our share of the work in the Operations commencing last Thursday. Corps. (Aust) has now just on 8300 prisoners.) Had to speak about remarks being made at Mess to night on the employment (or over employment of Aust Troops.) G.S.O.1 tendered his resignation which I refused to accept. he is overwrought with work) Augst. 15th Fine but foggy morning. Some fighting during night on 2nd Div front. In morning to Conference (VILLERS BRETONNEUX) of Div Comdrs presided over by G.O.C. Aust Corps. to receive instructions on the policy for the next few days & the part the Aust Corps. is to play. 5th Div is to relieve 17th British Div in the line & endeavor to push out about 2 miles to the front by nibbling - In afternoon to Conference at 15th Bde H.Qs. at GUILLAUCOURT. present Bde comders & B. Majors C.R.A. G.S.O.1 AA Q.M.G. A.D.S. etc I explained to 45.