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

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situations. I am of opinion (& reported so) that the difficulties in most cases of constructing emplacements under fire - the difficulty of getting water & other material is too great, to say nothing of the nature of the ground not lending itself to concealment for pits with overhead cover made it impractable. The situation however could in many cases be improved & also the construction of the pits. The M. Guns ought to be placed under one command to coordinate their fire & get best results, then with proper pit position & supporting Gun fire I think they could do all that is req'd of them. Inspected my own Gun pits & G.Ps on R. Sect. Also made rough survey for new Road in rear of[ ] No. 2 Sec for connection to prospct new alt Gun emplacements to get at JOHNSTONS JOLLY LONE PINE etc. I am often struck with the smartness cleanliness & soldierly conduct of the Indian Troops here after 2 mts service. they are an example to most of our Troops. Our experience & work here has clearly demonstrated the soundness of the Training for [Page] 62