Item 08: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 January-28 April 1917 - Page 132

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busy this morning digging a small trench to lay in. a Taube came over early but dropped no bombs, Bde ran out a Poled telephone line last night so it looks as though we are here for a few days; Reports of the recent fighting say that our casualties for the whole Force is 14,000 & the enemy suffered equally as heavy if not heavier as they counter attacked & the Artillery fire wiped out the whole of the attacking party. We lost 2 tanks; The Anzac Mtd Div had 600 casualties, 300 of these were in the 3rd Brigade; Gen Dobol has been recalled & Gen Chetwood is in command of the Eastern Force; Gen Chauvel in command of Desert Column

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