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

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& Telephone messages twice from B.G.G.S congratulating us most enthusiastically on our work. It certainly has been a very fitting finish to our long spell of trench work & continuous fighting since Jany 18th last. I only hope we can hang on until we are relieved. To night is a terrible night & the snow on the ground our poor fellows I fear will suffer badly. Apl. 3rd Strong cold drying wind fine until about 6 pm when fine rain commenced. Everything was quiet during night. Enemy reported to be throwing trees across the BOURSIES Rd. our advanced posts are now pushed out well round DOIGNIES and LOUVEVAL & the situation is quite satisfactory. Went to see Gen Elliott G.O.C. 15th Infy Bde at his H.Qs SUGAR FACTORY Gen BIRDWOOD called about 2 pm I explained to him what had taken place. He congratulated me on the success of our last operation. 'X'[?] He further told me that Bgd. Gen COXON was to succeed Gen NAPIER as G.O.C.R.A. Army Corps (1st Anzac) but had I not been appointed Div Comd the appointment would have been given to me. Beastly cold night with some rain & sleet. Apl. 4th. Commenced to snow hard at 8.50 am quiet night along our front but heavy Artillery fire going on to our N. 'X'[?] Just heard the joyful tidings [Page] 27