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

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22/6/17. At Dinner with - B. heard from him about G.W. & T - proportion of one thing to another. more recommended except town in grade Australian Discipline & Drill What happened when H.T. SHROPSHIRE was run down by ASCANIUS in Red Sea Nov. 1914. perfect discipline though pitch dark damage to ship believed very severe & known not enough boats or rafts to save more than 60 to 70 % on board. Splendid drill by Aust. at exhibition July at Corps School AVELUY & 5th Aust Div Assault at Army & Tournament 12/7/17 when H. M. The King was present. Bombardment In Messines battle we had 2550 guns in action over 3 million rounds were fired (June 1917) In bombardment going on N of YPRES. 5th Army have 2333 guns opposed to about 350 German guns & about 3 1/2 to 1 along further N to Sea