Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. I (25 April 1915 to 14 January 1916)

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by Anderson & Maj Blamey I went out to our extreme left &[ ] viewed ground & Enemys positions from Nos. 1, 2 & 3 posts held by the N. Zealanders. I am convinced we ought when we get reinforcements attack from our left. June 15th Went round to all our Gun pits & emplacements & nearly all our observing stations with [..] Capt. BEAN, the official recorder for the history of the war for the C. Govt. I notice that the result of my special order to keep the Artillery from getting slack is bearing good fruit. Alertness & cleanliness were marked & comfort of men had received a great deal more attention. The Enemy fired several (30 about) 8" shell into our trenches near the "Salient" one poor fellow Light Horseman had his leg & arm taken off but was quite cheerful about it. It is most astonishing how little harm has been done with heavy shell. effect is very local when they burst & only about 30 percent do. Some parts of our position are ploughed up with enemys shell fire & his shell are lying about in hundreds nay thousands all over the place [Page] 59