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

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the want of Boche Gun, Man Power & moral (sic) for us to have been able under the conditions of defences & ground to make such wonderful progress these last 10 days. In afternoon engaged with Corps D.A.A.G. in Corps. matters chiefly honors & awards. XX General Monash Comdg. Aust Corps went on leave yesterday & I assumed command of Aust Corps in his absence In afternoon spoke to B.G.G.S. on corps matters. Oct. 7. Fine day, clear & bright. Our Bdes commenced moving to the Huppy area for rest & training this morning. In morning to Aust. Corps H.Qs. saw Maj Hunn, also G.O.C.R.A. all Artillery (Div) left in the line. also D.A.A.G. re Labor Coys. left in & about Motor transport for moving personel (sic) in Rest Area. Met Gen Birdwood G.O.C. A.I.F. who came to lunch & discussed various matters with him including the acting appointment of Col. Caddy to the 12th Army F. Art. Bde. which I protested against. Called at 55th C.C.S. on way back & saw Sister Ashton. Oct. 8. Showery, generally fine. Left HERVILLE this morning at 9 a.m for new Div H.Qs at OISEMONT on the way down called at 55 C.C.S & left some newspapers etc for Sister Ashton. Then called at 4th Army H.Qs. at ETERPIGNY Saw Gen Montgomery (sic) & Army Comdr about getting out some of the Div Art. & Labor Coy's & Aust Tunnelling Coy. He stated that Art must remain and for present he would free as many as possible as soon as possible. C.R.A. not reqd as group Comdr but to look after their Comds administratively. Labor & Tunnelling Coys. will be withdrawn & relieved if possible in about 4 days Junior Army comdr was very nice to me. 71