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

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Aug 7th An awful night, constant appeals to me for Artillery fire on this or that part of the enemy position from which he was bringing fire to bear on the LONE PINE Works which we have captured with machine Guns & good many Rifles. The assault at 5/30 p.m. last night was a complete surprise. The enemy opened a terrific Artillery fire as soon as the Infantry attack was launched & this they [ ] have maintained all night & during the day & our batteries have had all their work cut out to cope with them. The sight that met my eyes this morning when I went to BROWNES Batty was terrible & sickening.(Our) Gun men were engaged in dragging by ropes scores of dead & decomposing Turks from the captured works that had been allowed to lay there after the 3 days bombardment. Our own dead too were many & were being brought through gun Lane. laid in rows searched & buried in big pits in BROWNS dip. many frightfully mutilated by the bombs the enemy are showering on them & the wounded from the same cause are many. The whole of this part of the position looks as if there had been an earthquake from the effects of the enemys shelling, while piles of Rifles Equipment & kits belonging to dead & wounded soldiers bestrew the ground in all directions. I have been 84