Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)

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there was a good deal of discontent among our people & the best results were not being obtained & probably also recruiting would be seriously interefered with in Australia owing to 'X' a. Men not getting sufficient & proper periods for rest and training as had been promised them by Army Corps Comdr & others. b. Troops being frittered away in present system of Div & Bde attacks Divisions being mixed. Best men being sacrificed in these attempts c. The corps not being employed as a corps for big things like for instance the Canadian Attack at VIMY d. Gun Divisions being used as a lead for British weak or untried Divisions - the inevitable result being our people forge ahead into the blue & sustain heavy losses. B.G.G.S. generally agreed with me. On my way back on the Albert Rd about 7 p.m. I met the Corps Comdr & told him practically what I had told Gen White & supported (a) by quoting 11th Div which had 3 mos rest. Guards Div. over 6 weeks. He said he was glad I had spoken he wished Div Comdr to speak & wished I had spoken before in order that he could have made use of the information. Bgdr. Gen WISDOM called to see me about 10 p.m. & further informed me about his experiences in the line. May 12th Very fine day but little hazy. Arrived at A.D.H.Q at VAULX at 10.15 a.m. Saw Gen Smyth & obtained all further information I could from him & maps. Took over [Page] 44.