Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. I (25 April 1915 to 14 January 1916)

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It struck me today that ever since I took up this appt. cold water & little help from any one has been given. Scant praise[ ] was ever given but any little fault was always pointed out. At the start of the Training at MENA I knew no confidence was placed in my ability to train the Div Artly. Any thing I pointed out was coldly recd but in the end generally acted on. The defects in the Transport wagons to wit - when the training was well on & praised by Gens Birdwood Cunliffe Owen & others then came the practice - this at first I was told was no good or the Batteries were not but afterwards the judgement had to be reversed & the G.O.C. warmly commended it & the Target arrangements.. At the various Exercises I was never given a proper chance but unjustly censured for[ ] faults I was not guilty of & in the end the G.O.C. praised my work & the Command (after the last exercise at MENA). now after a month[ ] at war, nothing can be really pointed out as having been very far from right no better dispositions of Guns XXXX [Page] 49