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

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them if they put down their arms they were shot by their own people. 6. Our Bd Amm. Col. men did noble work in the early days humping shell & often S.A.A. up the steep hill side to the Guns, often under heavy shell & rifle fire. We lent men to the Howitzers & also to the Mountain Batteries & they were highly commended for their work. 7. Humour of the Censor. Pte X writes. Dear Aunt Emma, this War is a perfect B-. 8. Numbers of Reinforcement Officers sent out did not know their work & were totally unfit to take their places in the Batteries. N.C.O.'s & men who came out were far better fitted for Officers in every way - I complained at MENA to Gen Bridges about it & he promised to make representations to Melbourne. 9. Almost pathetic on a Sunday morning to see & hear small group at Church Service practically in the firing line & often under shell fire. 10. Futility of sending incompetent Officers & the great expense in their pay -