Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
April 29. Generally fine, little drizzle, fair visibility. Good deal of Artillery fire during the night, but no Infantry Action. In morning to the 8th & 14th Infy Bde H.Qs. saw both Bgdrs. at CORBIE CORBIE & AUBIGNY has been terribly knocked about during the last few days fighting. In Afternoon to 15th Infy Bde. H.Qs. saw Bgd. Gen ELLIOTT & his Bn Commanders Also spoke to Gen ELLIOTT about his want of tact in the report he furnished on Reserve lines of defence. X Told the C.R.A. to take steps to reduce the quantity of Ammunition at the Dump at VECQUEMONT. X Also wrote to him on subject and asked for a withdrawal of the report & apology to my staff. Saw Boche plane brought down just above this Chateau about 7. p.m. our 53rd Bn also brought one down with Lewis gun fire this morning in the line. April 30th - Dull inclined to drizzle - bad vis. Good deal of Art. activity on our part gas shelling on part of our line by Boche during the night. X Note The more I see the more I hear I am convinced of the tremendous effect our Divs have had in saving the situation the conduct of some British formations has been bad in the extreme the men are alright as a rule if they had good Officers & were properly led & looked after X Have had a good deal of trouble with my eyes lately had them examined by specialist yesterday, nothing radically wrong, and treatment I am undergoing seems to be satisfactory. X Engaged in working out the details of my M.G Casemate invention. To my astonishment & delight Mr. WINSTON CHURCHILL Minister of inventions called this afternoon at D.H.Q. I of course showed him my invention strangley (sic) enough he had with him plans & specifications of a similar thing only in Concrete, but it is too large too unwieldly (sic) & at his request I made & gave him a few criticisms in writing. He is very much struck with my design & wishes particulars 194.