|Collection number||3DRL/3376 7/-|
|Collection type||Digitised Collection|
First World War, 1914-1918
Series 7: Correspondence with Sir George Foster Pearce, 1915-1919
A series of letters exchanged between Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood and Sir George Foster Pearce whilst Pearce was serving as the Australian Minister of Defence. Topics discussed include the campaign to take Bapaume in France, the appointment of Australian officers, the Australian federal election of 1917, desertion cases among Australian forces, and operations for Bullecourt and Passchendaele. There is also mention of clothing, conscription, recruitment, weather conditions, and origins of the word Anzac. Several officers in the Australian and British forces are also mentioned including General Legge, General Walker, and General Monro. Mention is also made of Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean and Keith Murdoch.