Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
Our attack commenced at 6 am. & made slow progress owing to heavy M.G. fire from HINENBURG (sic) system on left. 53rd Bn. captured a Bn Comdr & staff. 8th Bde. 4 F. Guns. some other prisoners & a good many M. Guns also captured. X The Bn Commander we captured states the Germans captured 600 Americans yesterday It has been a very heavy trying day hard fighting & slow progress very much handicapped by not having a free hand to use our heavy Artillery as it was feared groups of Americans might be about & come under our fire. I mean men who got out yesterday & were cut off. In the evening at 8.30 p.m. I called a conference at 8th Bde. H.Qs. near LE TEMPLEUX at which Infy. Bgdrs. & C.R.A attended & my G.S.O.1. I issued instructions for a "set piece" attack tomorrow at 6 a.m. I had to motor to this place & a very rough ride it was. I was nearly brained by my head being thrown up against the Car roof. Oct. 1st Beautiful day, good vis (quiet night) The operation was a perfect success this morning & reflects great credit on all concerned. All objectives were taken & we were able to push out 1500 to 2000 X beyond without many casualties but have been pretty badly shelled on our left since & had to come back 1000 X but have pushed forward again to night. X The Corps Comdr & O/C Tank Bn called this afternoon & paid the Div & myself a very high compliment & said our work had been highly appreciated by G.H.Q & Army. We are being partly relieved to night by the 2 Aust Div & hope 67.