Volume 1: Letters written on active service, A-L, 1914-1919 - Page 55

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inuendo in the paragraph dealing with the manner in which the men are led and carry out their duties. The only inference one can draw is that we officers are merely figure-heads, puppets, that we have no say in the discipline and administration of affairs. In short there is no discipline in our army and that whenever the men feel inclined to work, or fight they do so under the able direction of one of their fellow men and we are ignored.

I do not intend to enter into a lengthy treatise of the subject but would say Mr Bartlett's satire was uncalled for – he gained his point long before that sentence commenced. His remarks are based on and influenced by his knowledge of the Imperial Army where

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