Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. II (14 January 1916 to 31 January 1917)

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in the Infantry to be included in the parties. men going into strict training to prepare for them the same as they would a Football match. July 3rd 'X' The raid last night was a wash out, so far as our Infantry 11th Bn Col Roberts was concerned as although our Artillery fire had cut the wire to pieces it had also flattened out the enemys works. Killed fifty of them & only left one man alive whom the Infy bayoneted Some German prisoners Stated to the A.P.M. at Anzac that owing to the punishment inflicted on the Germans by our Gunners, they threatened to crucify the first Australian Artilleryman who fell into their hands. The Medium trench mortars had a bad time a 5.9" Shell burst near one detachment & wiped the whole 5 out. one man absolutely disappeared - 'X' 'X' At Anzac while at Dinner we used to be interested in watching the Turks Shell the Destroyers, Trawlers etc. here the German Shells the Aeroplane. tonight he hit one of our planes & it burst into flames & shot up for a short distance then toppled over & over to the ground & we take these incidents calmly & soon forget them. last week our Airmen - one [Page] 58