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

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forward Dumps & the Reserve dump at HOOGE. 8 The loss of Officers & guides who knew the ground during Tuesdays fighting. 9. The heavy barrage at GLENCROSS WOOD & the frightful & continuous bombardment in depth of the area we were & are holding. 10 Want of Duck boards & decent Roads & tracks.

Undoubtedly the enemy thought he had squelched us on Tuesday & stopped his bombardment & left the MENIN Rd alone for a few hours during the night. that saved us I managed to sleep a few hours too. Our Artillery was splendid both with regard to its preparation & barrage & the way it responded to the counter attacks (at least 10) The training & studying the points given by the 2nd Army & profit by other peoples experience was the key note of our success. Have recd the most hearty thanks of the Army & Corps Comders & 2nd Army Comder. I am sure the Bosche was quite prepd for our attack he must have got information from prisoners he captured from the 33rd Div.

Sept. 27th fine day - little drizzle early morning A quiet night. I had a good sleep too but I have a rotten cold. At 9.a.m went to HOOGE to see G.Os.C. 14th & 15th Bdes G.O.C. 8th Infy Bde also there. got information as to the situation & detail of yesterdays fighting arranged for 8th Bde to relieve the 15th Bde tonight. [Page] 107