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

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show. In Afternoon visited 8th & 15th Infy. Bdes. at their A.H.Qs. north of VILLERS BRETONNEUX incl. all Bn Comdrs. of 8th Bde also gave final instructions & cleared up all questions of doubt in connectiion with operations on the 8th G.S.O.II with me X had rather a lively time of it with Boche shelling the area we had to through. gas pretty bad very busy going through list of honors & rewards recommended for operation 28/29 ult. by unit Comdrs Augst. 7th Fine (intermittent) cloudy fresh, fair vis At 4.30 a.m. this morning the 18th Div recovered part of the ground they lost as far as our original front line. X My head is pretty thick with gas I got yesterday. Message from No 12 C.C.S. states Temperley suffering from Dysentery so he will be away some considerable time. To 14th Infy. Bde near DAOURS Saw G.O.C everything appears to be in order & in readiness for tomorrows operation. General BIRDWOOD called to see me & wish us luck about midday. Gen. BURSTALL G.O.C. 2nd Canadian Div on our right Gen ROSENTHAL G.O.C. 2nd Aust Div called to see me to see if anything more in liaison could be done. all are very confident of success. XX It is a great occassion (sic) this Australian & Canadian Troops fighting side by side full of enthusiasiam (sic) in one of I hope the most important battles of the War. Cavalry, Tanks, Armoured Cars, Air Service all represented here at our D.H.Q. 6 p.m. bad luck - the Boche has got a shell into the Supply Tanks grouped near VILLERS BRETONNEUX & 15 out of 18 have gone up. they were laden with Ammunition S.A.A. & Mortars both Stokes & Newton water food & Engineer Stores for the Red & blue lines, but they should not have been where they were. Augst. 8 4.20 am. Fine morning, light just right. Zero hour of the battle & the 41