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

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to get the remainder of the Div relieved tomorrow night. All ranks have had a very hard time suffered severe casualties especially in Officers. Our losses in 3 days fighting 119 Officers 1967 O.R. So far we have captured about 300 prisoners including 2 Officers. 13 77 1 5.9" - 1 4.2 Guns between 20 & 30 M.Gs. & other material but it is the capture of the Boche defensive system & gaining ground for a further offensive action that counts. The following congratulatory message has just been recd from the Corps Comdr. XX Please convey to all Commanders staffs troops of 3 & 5th Aust Divisions my sincere appreciation of and thanks for their fine work of the past 3 days. aaa. confronted at the outset of the operations with a critical situation of great difficulty and hampered by inability to make full use of our artillery resources. those Divisions succeeded in completely overwhelming a stubborn defense in the most strongly fortified Sector of the Western Front aaa. This was due to the determination and resource of the leaders & the grit endurance & fighting spirit of the troops aaa. Nothing more praiseworthy has been done by Australian troops in this War. Gen Monash. Oct. 2nd beautiful day. Quiet night on our front. Relief of 8th & 15th Bdes by 5th Bde completed without incident by 3.20 a.m. Command of this portion of Sector passed to G.O.C. 2nd Aust Div (he came to see me at 8.30 am) at 9 a.m. A quiet day, engaged in putting arrea? of Office work in order. Oct. 3rd beautiful day. Fairly quiet night. Rest of of 14th Bde relieved. All the Division out now. 68