Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)

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the Raid on the "Terrace" to follow then went to see O/C 59th Bn at the Bn H.Qs (Bde Major with me) everything seemed in order for his part in the operation - then went on to see Major Kerr Af. O/C 60th Bn at his H.Qs as he seemed in some doubt about the anticipated value of his raid I took him back in the Car to see his G.O.C. & afterwards called on Gen Elliott to learn result. Gen Elliott was quite confident the raid was necessary & would bring good results. Saw G.O.C. 14th Infy. Bde. & made sure all arrangements were in order for his Raid tomorrow morning. In Afternoon making final arrangements in connection with tomorrows operation. Saw special works R.E. Officer re smoke barrages. July 4th Very fine day fair vis. Colonel Bruche & Major Woolton went on leave today. This morning at 3.10 am the Artillery Barrage fell for one of the most successful operations the Aust Corps has ever been engaged in. The principle people on which fell the brunt of the fighting was the 4th Aust Div assisted by the 6th & 7th Infantry Bdes. on the Right & the Coys of the 59th 58th & 55th Bns on the left. 3rd Div front a Bn of U.S. Troops & 52 Tanks. The operation which extended from VILLERS BRETONNEUX on the right to DERNANCOURT on the left meant an advance of over 2000 X in the center & by 4 p.m. the prisoners amounted to nearly 1300 including 33 Officers unwounded alone. the Enemy losses in killed must be very heavy we had 13 Bdes of Field Artillery 24