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

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in heavy Boche losses & the capture of heavy & light M. Guns & also the recapture of our own Lewis Guns. The Boche made an advance against the 60th Bn this morning about 7. am. in masses in face of our Artillery fire until he got to our S.O.S. line where he attempted to dig in. his losses are reported as terrible. To 15th Infy Bde H.Qs. at BLANGY. saw Gens. ELLIOTT & GLASGOW about the last 3 or 4 days operations. our people have had very trying experience with British people under whose control they have temporarily been III Corps. in an order issued claim credit for the admirable planning of the night operation on the 24/25 X I really planned it - but I felt I should never get the credit of it. my experience of higher British command this last 4 weeks has not been very inspiring & has at times been very trying indeed to me & my staff, & this conduct of some of the Troops through the ignorance neglect or I am almost tempted to say - but I wont. I'll say nervousness of their Officers has had a very depressing effect on me & disquieted many of my Officers & men. Gen BIRDWOOD called about 2. p.m. Bgd. Gen FULLER B.G.G.S. III Corps. called about 5. p.m. April 28 Dull, inclined to drizzle, fair vis later Quiet night. 1 prisoner reported by 14th Bde Command of the ground on our right beyond our original ? day on the morning of the 24th inst which we occupied after our counter attack on right 24/25 passes to 4th Aust. Div 10. a.m. Riding with C.R.A. over Divisional Area with regard to the allottment of Camps & Horse lines for Artillery & taking Horses out of Villages. Conference G.S.O.1 C.R.E. O/C 5th M.G. Bn with reference to my idea for Casemate 193.