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

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for their opening fire at 1 p.m. when a demonstration & attack is to be made on the Turks on our right. At the same time a big attack is made by the 8th Corps in the south. 'X' There has been a tremendous cannonade down south. our attack there was quite successful. Our local attacks etc achieved the object in view. Two 7" Howitzer shells burst very close to Gun Dug Outs at Lunch time June 29 Went with G.O.C. to inspect tunnels & heads & bomb throwing pits at ends of Tunnels near HUGHES Batty, also attended conferences after where G.O.C. Col White, Engineers Officers & Infy Sect of defence comdrs attended. Quiet day today - very hot. June 30th Yesterday was about the quietest day we have had only fired 9 rounds during the day. It blew up about 9.30 p.m. & many Barges & Lighters & Horse boats came ashore & were filled on the BEACH. The navy seems to be almost oblivious to the fact & little or no effort seems to be made to prevent these boats breaking away from their buoys & drifting ashore, some with valuable cargo. Very little has been done today to get 'X' We lost about 23 killed &170 wounded - Turks casualties estimated 4- to 500 [Page] 67