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

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Apl. 11th Dull, bad vis bright afternoon Very quiet night indeed on front. Obtained permission from III Corps & Aust. Corps. to move D.H.Qs. from BLANGY TRONVILLE to BUSSY. move completed by 5. p.m. Very nice comfortable old Chateau at BUSSY in small park. much quieter away from Railway Batteries etc (french) that made life almost intolerable at BLANGY. French commenced offensive operations south of HARNAY. A greay many Boche Machines over & a good deal of bombing until dark near? ? ? Inspected Bridge pontoon & trestle for withdrawal if necessary across SOMME - N of BLANGY TRONVILLE. Apl. 12th BUSSY Beautiful bright morning, good vis Boche planes over early this morning. Cyclist det. (30) reported this morning. To Bde H.Qs. 8th 14th & 15th Infy Bdes. Saw G.O.C. last two. reports on dispositions etc satisfactory. X nearly scuppered in Air with H.V. shell going over railway Bridge at DAOURS. fortunately shell burst in the cutting instead of the levee ground, but splinters fell around us. Gen BIRDWOOD called with Gen McCLAGAN at midday. X Saw Boche plane brought down near D.H.Q. came down like a leaf. Officer shot through stomach & soon died Air Mechanic badly knocked about but will live. B.G.G.S. III Corps. (Bgd. Gen FULLER called to see if he could assist us. Apl. 13th Dull raw morning. Aeroplanes (Boche) very heavy? bomb dropping round here since 4. am till 8. a.m this morning. Enemy attack expected here today. news from the north rather depressing. Enemy seems to be making good progress, has now taken MERVILLE. 185.