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

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work on matters they had for me. Fourth Army Commander called at 6 p.m. to get details of the operation tomorrow night. I explained same & he approved. In the morning the Af G.O.C. 18th Div called with his staff for information with regard to them taking this Sector from us. Major Woolton retd to duty. July 28th Fine day dull bad vis Quiet night, except that Enemys planes dropped a good many bombs about causing some casualties. In morning to Conference at 8th Bde H.Qs. at HEILLY to discuss final arrangements & see that all was in order for the operation to night. present G.Os.C. 8th & 14th Bdes. then B.Ms. & C.R.A. X In afternoon Surg Gen HOWSE & Mr. Manifold M.P. called to speak with me on the advisabiltiy of sending men of inferior physique out to the A.I.F. I expressed my firm views against this policy. Rang up & spoke to B.G.G.S. and Corps. & G.Os.C. 2nd 3rd & 4th Aust Divs. July 29th Beautiful day, bad vis The 32nd 29th & 2 Coys of the 30th Bns under Gen TIVEY & the 53rd Bn under L'. Col. CHEESEMAN attacked & captured the double trench system of the Boche on a front of over 4000 yds by an average depth of 500 X at 12.30 & 1.15 a.m. this morning. (from the right of our line to MORLANCOURT.) The Boche was completely suprised (sic) so far 10 am. 3 Officers 150 O.R. captured & many killed by Artillery M.G. & Rifle fire & 35 M.G & 1 minwafer (sic- minenwerfer) brought in our casualties very moderate the operation was very complete & satisfactory in every respect. 36