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

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taken place immediately prior & during the operations that led to the capture of Peronne. X The Army Commander was very warm in his appreciation of the gallantry & splendid work done by the Division & very flattering in his praise of my personal efforts (he was accompanied by Gen Montgommery B.G.G.S. In afternoon to H.Qs. of 8 near St. GREN & 14th & 15th at LE MESNIL Saw all G.Os.C. discussed situation with G.O.C. 8th Bde. (A. Gerard) & gave necessary instructions. Also discussed relief of the Div by 4th Aust Div. At 15th Bde. saw 6 platoons of the 59th Bn who refused duty addressed them & pointed out seriousness of their conduct. Wonderful work being done by Sappers in restoring communications over the SOMME canal & streams X Immense quantities of Boche Armaments? (Gun & Minniewafer (sic- Minenwerfer) from 3" to 9" all over the area. hand bombs grenades etc) Gen A. Gerard stands on the line VENRELLES SOYECOURT POEUILLY. fine combination work today between light horse F. Artillery advance sections & vanguard Infantry. Sept. 8th Fine but change threatening Quiet night generally, some light shelling forward areas. outposts being pushed forward in contact with enemy. X Very busy these last 2 days in making out lists of recommendations for honors & rewards which run into hundreds of cases. In Afternoon to G.O.C. Aust. Corps at MERICOURT. Went into various matters bofore going on leave. Corps Comdr. very nice to me & thanked me most cordially for work done by me & the Div. during the last months operations. 60