Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)

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resistance & it is a very good job for us we had not to fight our way in against a big force. To the N.E of the Town Col. CLARKE & his men 30th Bn were digging themselves in & providing shelters. I walked on about 2000 X to BANCOURT where I struck Gen ELLIOTT comdg our advance Guard & his Troops (about 1.30 p.m. At this time the Light Horse were practically up against the BEUGNY YTRES line. our Infantry were in FREMINCOURT VILLERS AU FLOS & attacking HAPLINCOURT. (fell into our hands a little later) every where in front the crackle of M. Gun & rifle fire can be heard but no Artillery. Gun men are in the highest spirits. Returned through BAPAUME met Gen Birdwood on the ALBERT Rd. he rode in my car back till I turned off to CONTALMAISON - great work being done on ALBERT - BAPAUME Rd to get traffic going. Gen Wisdom called to see me just as I got back (in fact I picked him up on the Road) at about 5 p.m March,19th cold wind & overcast Bosche still on the run followed by our A. Guard. Our orders are to hold BAPAUME RIDGE & preserve contact with the Enemy by an A. Guard have made arrangements for supply by Decanville Rd to near GAUDECOURT & then by pack & wagon transport to BEAULENCOURT. March,19th - later fine but overcast cold wind Engaged in Office A. Guard making steady progress. captured today several more villages. March,20th Very cold wind hail snow & sleet showers. Went out to see A. Guard Commander at DELSAUX Fm accompanied by [Page] 18