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

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March 31st Cold rain. occassional glimpses of sun. rain squalls & wind. Went with C.R.A. to see Artillery positions & see what was being done by O/C A.G. Artillery. Went through FREMINCOURT (where I discussed plan of operations for dealing with the capture of DOIGNIES & LOUVERVAL with G.O.C. 14th Infy Bde then went on through BEUGNEY to MORCHIES where I was able to get a good view of the ground between us & the HINDENBERG LINE. 'X' Saw the position in the Southern Road where the 58 Bn got it in the neck on the 26th inst from shell fire when supporting the 7th Bde holding LAGNICOURT. The Villages of BEUGNEY & MORCHIES are badly knocked out by fire & explosion in fact practically destroyed the Boche has done his dastardly work well. Returned to D.H.Q at 2.30 p.m. Saw B.G.G.S. in connection with projected attack on LOUVERVAL & DOIGNIES & general matters. Spoke to him again later in the day with regard to 1st Div trying to turn us out of our Area. Offered to share the accomodation there is in the area with 1st Div. who seem to attach more importance to finding accomodations to live comfortably than killing the Boche. 'X' Apl. 1st Another beastly cold dull day. the weather forecast is as follows Wind S.W. or W. 15 to 20. M.P.H. possibly changing to N.W. & to perhaps N.E. occassional rain hail snow with fair intervals. risk of further [Page] 25