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

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had a fit & had to be taken off on a stretcher I fear he is seriously ill & I shant see much more of him. The M.O. in hastening in a Car to see Peck struck a land mine & narrowly escaped death he & the Orderly both injured but the M.O. not seriously. Attend Conference at 2.30 p.m at 2 Div H.Qs. where G.O.C. Aust Corps explained to me, G.O.C. 2nd Aust Div & representatives of 3rd Aust Div & 32nd Brit Div. the situation & directed us to push on to the SOMME & gain a bridge head if possible over it. X Moved to day D.H.Qs forward from near HAMELET to point on ADANCOURT WARFUSSE (sic- Warfusee) Rd near Eng. DUMP W of LA FLAQUE. Inspected 15th Field Coy. & addressed them (in morning) Augst. 29th Fine warm day, fair vis Boche fairly heavily shelled our forward zone last night & bombed & M. Gunned the Warfusee Rd after dark. XX Today the 8th Bde pushed on & by 10 a.m had gained the SOMME later in the day we had posts all along it on our front & crossed it on our left by a ruined footbridge & captured 2 prisoners. The Boche however was too strong & we could not advance & build bridges over & in the open so decided to leave it till after night fall. In the last 30 hours the 8th Bde have marched & fought continuously for 15000 yds taken 79 O. Ranks & 2 Off. prisoner captured 2 trains & several guns & drove the enemy over the Somme & captured 9 Villages. I conducted operations to day from a Boche captured Hospital camp near ESTREES. At 5.30 p.m. I attend Conference at which Corps Comdr presided & Div Comders of 32nd Brit Div 5th 3rd & 2nd Aust Div attended. The Corps Comdrs directed that our drive must now 52