Arrived in Boves Wood about 2am – Orders and instructions, and further explaining to the officers and men. Marched out at 8pm for the Assembly Point, which as in the vicinity of Gentelles Wood. All ranks showed great enthusiasm of the mere prospect of having a snack at the halls and of proving their availability for open warfare. On arriving at the Assembly Point the Battalion bivouacked in the fields, behind the cemetery and West of the village of Gentilles.
The battalion, less rear details, spent the day in making ready for the attack. Weather: Fair
The morning of August 7th being very fine our aircraft was more active than usual. Enemy aerial activity was below normal. In the morning, reconnoitering parties from Scout Section and Companies were sent out in order that as many as possible should be acquainted with the area to be attacked. During the period of reconnaissance, it was particularly noticed that the 50th Australian Battalion were holding the line very lightly. With the object that in the event of enemy raids, and captures being made, no identification regarding the disposition of the Australian Corps or of Canadians being in the immediate vicinity would be obtained