Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)

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58th British Division. Command of this Sector passes at 10.30 a.m. to G.O.C.[ ] 18th Div (Gen Lee.) This was really the most casual take over within my experience. little interest seemed to be taken in it & can from what I have seen lately appreciate how it is possible for trouble to happen in some British formation. [ ]Major Gen. Ramsay comdg. 58th Div came over to tell me [ ] how grateful he was to our people for the instruction they had given his Officers & O.R. in patrol & scout work. He told me of the difficulties he had in his Div. through the apathy & ignorance of some of the Officers, especially with regard to works policing in the line, & the youth & inexperience of his men. Arrived at new D.H.Qs. at ALLONVILLE at 11.30 am. not a bad old Chateau. quite a comfortable Room [ ] with charming view round. At noon went to GLISY to see Af. Commander of 2nd Aust Div. (Gen Wisdom) about assembly places & H.Qs for my Div for the forthcoming operation. At 2.30 p.m. went to see G.O.C. Aust Corps with regard to operation on 8th inst. XX I asked for Busses for my men for taking them towards their assembly formations & told the G.O.C. what a thin time they had had & were some of them very tired. I received little [ ] sympathy however .[ ] Gen Monash remarking that the best cure was "Route marches" I was very nettled at this & told the Gen of the rumours of discontent & being overworked prevalent in all the Division. The Gen said he might be so in the 4th Div. but discredited in others & said they had done no more than 38