Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)

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After cold drive up (motor) arrived at DRANOUTRE H.Qs. at 11-10. am & took over command from Bgdr Gen ROSENTHAL Got settled down & went through defence schemes in afternoon. The Lorry with our kits got bogged & didnt turn up till 1-30 a.m. 2/2/18. had a very punishing night with blankets borrowed. very cold, hardly slept. - Can scarcely realize I have ever been away from this Sector. Feby 2nd Bright day, milder fair vis. In morning conference Corps Comdrs M.G.G.S. Corps A.A.G. Corps & Div Comdr 1st (Rosenthal A/-) 3rd 4th & 5th (Self) to consider the best means of reducing the est. of Div. by 1 Bn from each Bde. After discussion arranged to leave it to Div Comdr Bns cut out to be represented by Training Bns in England. Designs for Graves Stones in France. I suggested Granlithic Concrete with bronze Tablets. Also creation of Emergency Fund for Divisions for spending on men at conclusion of peace or by special permission of G.O.C. A.I.F. Also return of Officers & others to Australia § Major AMES U.S. Army Intelligence Officer is attached to this Division for instructions a very nice fellow. In Afternoon visited G.Os.C. 8th 14th & 15th Bdes. went through various matters of importance in Defence Schemes with them. they all appeared to have taken necessary precautions. LETTER posted to Wife.

Feby. 3rd Fine day, good visibility. To 14th Bde H.Qs with G.O.C. visited 54th Bn H.Qs questioned Bn Comdr on various points in connection with his duties & responsibilities Went as far a BUG FARM then across to 2 strong points in ROSE WOOD. (had occassion to complain of rust on Rifles etc 54th Bn S.P. at BUG FM) one of S.Ps. (northerly one) at ROSE WOOD badly sited. none of them camaflouged properly. Went back by DENNYS WOOD to 56th Bn H.Qs. saw [Page] 155