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

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a par with the notice that has been taken of the lists of officers & men forwarded for meritorious & gallant conduct from time to time. Officers are daily failing from sickness & going away. I am doing my best to replace them but it is getting difficult to do so. The 6th Batt. arrived from HELLES on night 19/20 is now (one Sect) on PLUGGES PLATEAU, the other (mobile) in mouth of SHRAPNELL valley. 'X' How few people outside ourselves appear to realize our responsibilities to say nothing of having to find Targets there is always the huge responsibility of not firing on our own Troops; this with a stern enemy like the Turks who use our distinguishing marks badges (& signals) & flags, makes it doubly difficult. There are many lessons to be learned from our experience here, especially for Australia, among others. You cannot defy the elementary principles of war in attacking weakly in several places instead of one in strength. Coast defence, as we have it in most places in Australia is a myth. The advantage lies with the ships all the time. Guns cannot fire unless they are well concealed & mobile ashore against powerful ships gun fire. I have just had a heart to heart talk with S.G.C. over the attempt that is being made to foist the blame on Johnston's Artillery Bde. for the failure of 93