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

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Recd instruction to take over on 24th at Afterwards at 11.15 p.m asked if I would take over on 23rd consented Sept. 22. fine day. C.R.A. reported- I have had pretty busy day preparing for submission my Plan of Attack. 'X' Bgdr. Gen [blank space] from G.H.Q came to see me during the morning & was good deal struck with my idea of using in support of the Infy. attack the L.T. Mortar with the sling. he is submtting to G.H.Q. Bgd Gen Wisdom called & stayed to lunch. In Afternoon I visited Gen ELLIOTT Comdg. 15th Infy Bde. & explained everything I could to him of the situation. Sept. 23rd Very fine day. Very noisy night very heavy bombardment by our guns. Left RENINGHELST this morning at 9.a.m to take over from 1st Aust Div at D.H.Q. WALKERS Camp H-27. DICKEBUSCHE. Took over the command of the Div Area at 10.a.m. Fairly comfortable quarters Nissenbow Hut for Mess - Cellar for sleeping quarters well protected. General staff in old Farm Bdgs. Called of Gen SMYTHE Comg. 2nd Div & discussed situation. Maj Gen WOODS Comg. 33rd Div on my right called - Sept. 24th fine day foggy until 11 a.m At 7 a.m went to HOOGE to see 14th & 15th Infy. Bde commanders. only saw Gen HOBKIRK Gen ELLIOTT up the Front line. Went up to "front" as far as CLAPHAM JUNCTION. Lieut. GOODLANDS with me Shelling moderate by enemy. could not see much on account of fog. arrived back at D.H Q about 10.15 am Attended conference here at 2.15 p.m present G.O.C. Army Corp. B.G.G.S. A.G M.G. Corps. G.O.C.R.A. Corps. [Page] 103