Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
from gas shelling the night before last. Our 14th Bde. have already cornered a patrol from the Bn scuppered a Boche post near . Killed 12 Boches, captured 7 unwounded & 3 M. Guns. first blood & a good start. we got a congratulation message from the Corps Comdr. These D.H.Qs. just S. of HAMEL are in a Quarry & are quite good the best dug Out I have yet had. X G.S.O.1 sick with Influenza. hasent (sic) been right for some time past. Augst. 18 Fine good vis. Fairly quiet night. we made a little progress. In morning with C.R.E. went to 15th Bde. HQs. at MORCOURT. Saw G.Os.C 15th & 14th Bdes. explained to them how I proposed to hold the Sector & what I wished them to do. Afterwards with O/C 59th Bn visited front on left Sub Sector. also visited H.Qs of the 60 & 57th Bns. Visited H.Qs 8th Bde in CERISY battery & explained to G.O.C. the part I wished the 8th Bde. (Reserve Bde) to play. X Huge quantities of Boche Stores & Ammunition all over the area traversed. Augst. 19 Fine day good vis. Heavy shelling during night forward zone especially of our right by Boche 5.9" & 8" also intermittently of right Bde. H.Qs. Midday went to Corp. H.Qs. at GLISY. Saw Corps Comdr & told him I could not push any further forward except by a set piece attack without incurring heavy losses. C. Comdr. agreed & instructed me we should be relieved about the 22nd inst. by the 1st Aust. Div. who would endeavor to get out to the "Green Line" by set piece attack. X The 32nd Brit. Div lost a piece of 47.