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

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Guns have just opened. apparently the Bosche (sic) had no idea we were to attack. Later - We have had a glorious day & won a great victory with slight losses. the Australian Corps alone has taken over 5000 prisoners & nearly 100 Guns, my Div. taking about 1500 prisoners & 29 Guns including a "12" Railway Gun with Amm Complete. we advanced over 7 miles & captured all our objectives. vast Stores of Ammunition & Engineer Stores captured. The Armoured Cars & Cavalry broke through & the former inflicted very severe losses on the Boche with M. G. fire. the total number of prisoners must be well over 10.000. The whole operation was a complete suprise (sic) to the Boche. Augst. 9th Threatening rain Quiet night. Bosche (sic) too demoralized to attack. no counter attacks on our front but signs of them clearing out. We resume the attack at 11 a.m. but our part is only as junior one to day. later both the 15th & 8th Bdes have had brisk fighting the 15th in advancing with & covering the Canadian left. (the 1st Aust Div were late in covering them & coming up) The 8th Bde did & did well their part of this days operations. The operations all along the front have gone well & all objectives have apparently been gained. The 1st & 2nd Aust. Divs. advanced through us to their objectives I have to night 11 p.m. recd authority to withdraw my 3 Infy. Bdes from to the AUBIGNY VILLER systems to rest & refil & they will commence to march back tomorrow. Augst. 10th fine day fair vis. 42