Friday 23rd November 1917
Today has seen a major attack against Bourlon Wood by the little men of 40th (Bantam) Division - most of whom are below the height of 5 feet 3 inches. The attack does not seem to be making much headway as the enemy has probably reinforced the area.
The adjutant of 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, in the front line between Noyelles and Cantaing remarked to me on the blower this evening that they had expected a German counter-attack against their position, but that it has not materialised. The enemy shelled the lines heavily from 10.30 this morning and nineteen unlucky men had their leave cancelled as a result. The Battalion could see the attack by the bantams but could make out little detail.