Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)

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Sept. 29. Beautiful day bad vis The Battle started this morning with the most tremendous Artillery barrage & counter battery work I have ever heard. news up to 11 a.m. is all going well. over 1000 prisoners coming in. Evening - The day has been full of disappointments. The American troops got well away, but appear to have got disorganized in the fog & smoke. they got out in groups far beyond their allotted objective & I fear have many of them been captured & destroyed. their staff have got rather disorganized too, & no information can be obtained from them of any value. The worst point is that they neglected to mop up. Our troops following have caught it badly from M.G. fire & the situation is very difficult, more so as we cannot bring Artillery fire to bear where we want it as it is feared we might scupper Americans holding out beyond our front line. altogether about 1100 prisoners have been captured & 6 guns taken the latter by the 8th Bde. & we accounted for about 250 of the prisoners our casualties (Aust) have been moderately heavy. The Amerians (sic) failed and although we have broken through the Hindenburgh (sic) line, it has spoiled our chance (5th Aust Div) of doing anything big. I held a conference at 9 p.m. present G.O.C. 14th Bde. C.R.A. G.S.O.II III Aust Div G.S.O.1 5th Aust Div. made arrangements for 14th Inf. Bde to attack down RAILWAY SPUR objective LE CATELET trench while 3rd Div work down BONY SPUR Zero 6 a.m tomorrow. good deal of trouble in making arrangements meeting lasted until after 11 p.m. It turned out a cold & wet afternoon & evening. Sept. 30th Fairly quiet night last night Fine day good vis. 66