Personal Files Book 18, 21 April - 8 May 1918

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Accession Number RCDIG0000629
Collection number 3DRL/2316
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 102
Object type Papers
Physical description 165 Image/s captured
Maker Monash, John
Place made France
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Major General John Monash, 3rd Australian Division. This file, originally part of Book 18, covers 21 April 1918 to 8 May 1918 and includes an account of the death of Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen (the Red Baron) drawn from eyewitness testimony, correspondence relating to the Third anniversary of the landing at Anzac, a policy on the use of machine guns, newspaper articles on the losses of merchant ships, correspondence between Monash and Field Marshal Birdwood concerning the reorganisation of the 9th Brigade and a report on the activities of the Y.M.C.A for Jewish soldiers written by Honorary Lieutenant Harold Boas.
This file contains:
Report on the Death of Captain Baron Von Richtofen, 21 April 1918;
Letter from Monash to Brigadier Generals Rosenthal, McNicoll, Cannan and Grimwade, 22 April 1918;
General Staff Circular No. 78A, 22 April 1918;
Summary of Information on 'situation', 'enemy activity', 'Death of Captain Von Richthofen', 'Distribution of Enemy Forces', 'Enemy Defences' and 'Enemy Rear Organisations', 22 April 1918;
Document titled 'Comparison of Fighting Strengths of the Division', 22 April 1918;
Notes relating to 9th Brigade, 22 April 1918;
Numbers of troops that make up 4th Brigade, 22 April 1918;
Table displaying information about 9th Australian Infantry Brigade, 22 April 1918;
Table of actual casualties reported from the 26th March to 22nd April, 23 April 1918;
Message to 10th Brigade, 23 April 1918;
Message to Brigadier General Rosenthal, 23 April 1918;
Message to Sir Godley, 24 April 1918;
Message to General Hobbs and General Walker from 3rd Australian Division, 24 April 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to Sir Birdwood, 24 April 1918;
Message to General Brand from 3rd Australian Division, 24 April 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to NZ Division, 24 April 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to General MacLagan, 24 April 1918;
Article from the Daily Mail titled 'Growth in Shipping Output', 24 April 1918;
Graph compiled from the Daily Mail showing total allied and British losses for January 1917 to April 1918, 24 April 1918;
Letter from Brigadier General Cannan to Monash, 25 April 1918;
Pamphlet for ANZAC Day Sports Day for Australian Base Depots, 25 April 1918;
Special Order issued by Monash, 25 April 1918;
Message from Monash to General McNicoll, 25 April 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to 2nd Australian Division, 25 April 1918;
Message from 2nd Australian Division to Monash, 25 April 1918;
Message from General Russell to Monash, 25 April 1918;
Message from 1st Australian Division to 3rd Australian Division, 25 April 1918;
Message from 5th Australian Division to Monash, 25 April 1918;
Message from Sir Birdwood to Monash, 25 April 1918;
Message from Brigadier General McNicoll to Monash, 25 April 1918;
Message from 4th Australian Division to Monash, 25 April 1918;
Policy for the Employment of Machine Guns, [date unknown];
Table from The Times displaying 'Merchant Shipping Losses In March', 25 April 1918;
Article from the Daily Telegraph titled 'Submarine War', 25 April 1918;
Report on Artillery in the Recent Fighting, 26 April 1918;
Series of graphs displaying a 'List of UK and Allied Tonnage' for 1917 and a graph showing monthly and quarterly British and allied losses in tonnage for January 1917 to June 1918, from the Daily Mail, 26 April 1918;
Letter from Lieutenant General Lawrence to HQ, 4th Army, identifies the need for greater self-censorship when writing letters, 27 April 1918;
Note titled 'Inter Brigade Reliefs', 27 April 1918;
Envelope with the words 'Submarine Sinking', [date unknown];
Message to 9th, 10th and 11th Brigades warning the 9th Brigade that they are to relieve the 11th Brigade in the line, 28 April 1918;
Letter from Brigadier General McNicoll to HQ, 3rd Australian Division, 28 April 1918;
Instructions on Transport and Equipment of the 36th Battalion, 28 April 1918;
Letter from Sir Birdwood to Monash, signature removed, 28 April 1918;
Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Goddard, 35th Battalion to G.O.C. 9th Australian Infantry Brigade, 29 April 1918;
Letter from Sir Birdwood to 1, 2, 3 ,4 and 5 Australian Divisions, 29 April 1918;
Table showing Actual Casualties Reported from 26th March to 28th April, 29 April 1918;
Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Cannan to 'Dear Sir', 29 April 1918;
Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Heron to HQ 11th Brigade, reverse has response from Lieutenant Colonel Cannan, [date unknown];
Summary of Operations of the 4th Australian Division and Detached Brigades for the period 24th March to 28th April, 30 April 1918;
Memorandum for A.Q, 30 April 1918;
Document titled 'Waiting List for Staff Trainees', 30 April 1918;
To Do List for Monash, 30 April 1918;
Letter from Sir Birdwood to Monash, 30 April 1918 [Copy];
Message from Brigadier General White, includes copy of a letter from Lieutenant General Lawrence to 'Army Commanders', 1 May 1918;
Report on the operations of the YMCA over 'the past four months', 1 May 1918;
Report on 'Chaplains In Council, Conference at Birmingham', includes a section on "'Moral Cowardice' Among Jewish Soldiers", [date unknown];
Document titled 'First Draft of Proposed Scheme for the Formation of a Jewish International Hospitality League, London', proposed by Mr. Harold Boas the Jewish Representative in the AIF Depots, [date unknown];
Letter from Mr. Harold Boas, [date unknown];
Unsigned letter to 'Dear Comrade' concerning the upcoming celebration of Passover, [date unknown];
Unsigned letter to 'Dear Comrade' concerning registration with the YMCA, [date unknown];
Letter from Jewish Representative, AIF Depots in the UK to C.O. Australian Army Ordnance Corps, 24 March 1918;
Letter from D.I. Freedman to 'My Comrades', [date known];
Notes 'For Lectures and Talks by Company and Platoon Commanders to Their Men', May 1918;
Message to Australian Corps, Flank Divisions and 11th Brigade, 1 May 1918;
To Do List for Monash, May 1918;
Notes on S.A.A. including numbers of weapons, transport and men available, 2 May 1918;
Request for 'Extra Transport Required Per Battalion regarding the Increase in Lewis Guns', 2 May 1918;
List of Commanders, 2 May 1918;
Notes for Conference with B.G.G.S. on Defensive Organisation, 3 May 1918;
Message to 9th Brigade, 4 May 1918;
Message to Australian Corps stating that two prisoners were captured as a result of a minor operation conducted by the 37th Battalion, 4 May 1918;
List of those commanding 3rd Army, 4th Army, 5th Army Cavalry Corps and Royal Flying Corps, [date unknown];
Message to Australian Corps and 9th Brigade, states success of pushing out line to between 400 and 600 yards, 4 May 1918;
Graphs displaying 'Visibility on Front of Right Brigade', 5 May 1918;
Letter from Monash to A & Q Branch, 5 May 1918;
Notes from Brigadier General McNicoll on 18th Division, 5 May 1918;
Message to Australian Corps, 8th, 9th and 10th Brigades, 5 May 1918;
Message to Australian Corps, Flank Divisions and 8th and 10th Brigades, 5 May 1918;
Message to Australian Corps, states that 'all objectives believed captured', 6 May 1918;
Message to Australian Corps indicating that 'operation proceeding satisfactorily', 6 May 1918;
Message to Australian Corps definitively stating the capture of all objectives, 6 May 1918;
Message from Monash to General Rosenthal, conveys Congratulations, 6 May 1918;
Message to Australian Corps, states that 'all objectives believed captured', 6 May 1918;
Message to Australian Corps and Flank Divisions, states that captures exceed 200 prisoners including 2 officers, 6 May 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to 15th Australian Infantry Brigade, 6 May 1918;
Letter from 38th Battalion to HQ 10th Australian Infantry Brigade, 6 May 1918;
Note and letter, initial note from 38th Battalion to HQ 10th Australian Infantry Brigade on an alleged desertion incident and includes a letter from Lieutenant Crispe on said desertion incident, 6 May 1918;
Statement by Private Riley on desertion incident, [date unknown];
Message from Australian Corps to 3rd Australian Division, 6 May 1918;
Message from 104th Infantry Brigade to 3rd Australian Division, 6 May 1918;
Message from 4th Army to 3rd Australian Division, 6 May 1918;
Message from 15th Australian Infantry Brigade to 3rd Australian Division, 6 May 1918;
Transcript of phone message from Sir Birdwood to Captain Jackson, concerns congratulations for Monash, 6 May 1918;
Annexe to 3rd Australian Division Intelligence Summary No. 117, 6 May 1918;
Table on Army Corps for 1918, 6 May 1918;
Articles from the Wireless Press for the 7th and 8th May, 8 May 1918;
Message from Australian Corps to 3rd Australian Division, 7 May 1918;
Message from Brigadier General White, 7 May 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to 104th Infantry Brigade, 7 May 1918;
Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Jackson to G.O.C, 7 May 1918;
Notes on Location of Brigades after Relief, 7 May 1918;
Notes on C.R.E, 8 May 1918.