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

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Returned to D.H.Qs. at HERVILLY. France. left Charing X at 11.5 am. L'. Temperley my A.D.C accompanied me. my Wife & Dorothy saw me off. Mr. & Mrs. Charles Temperley were also there. Appointed O/C Troops for voyage. arrived Boulogne about 4.20 pm. left by Car at 4.45 p.m. arrived at HERVILLY about 11 p.m. just in time to hear a Boche Machine come over & drop about a dozen bombs quite close to H.Qs. Found things pretty right. all arrangements made for operations against Hindenberg line on 29th inst. Trouble has occurred in connection with disbandment of Bns owing to lack of reinforcements. 60th Bn after some little trouble loyally obeyed the order but 54th Bn owing to bad influence of 37th Bn refused to obey the order, the same as Bns in other Aust Divs. the matter has been left open until after the operations are completed. Sept. 28th Wet nearly all day & very cold night. Had conference with Gen Tivey & took over from him in morning Gen LEWIS G.O.C. 30th American Div called (this is the Division we are following in tomorrows operation. Went through various papers & matters with G.S.O.1 & A.A. & Q.M.G. In Afternoon with G.S.O.1 went to Conference of Infy. Bgdrs of the Div. at 8th Bde H.Qs. near TEMPLEUX to see that everything was in order for tomorrows operations also saw C.R.A. & C.R.E. Boche Machines bombing quite close here in evening. one nearly brought down by our planes. most interesting to see the fight & watch the tracer bullets in the Search light beams. A very cold night indeed. 65.