Personal Files Book 15, 10 May - 9 June 1917

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Accession Number RCDIG0000620
Collection number 3DRL/2316
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 112
Object type Papers
Physical description 178 Image/s captured
Maker Monash, John
Place made Belgium
Date made 1917
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 15, covers 10 May 1917 to 9 June 1917 and includes documents and messages relating to the Messines Offensive of June 1917, timetables for specific attacks undertaken during the Offensive, a timetable for the Offensive itself, a report provided by C. E. W. Bean on the welfare of Australian prisoners held by the Germans, and messages exchanged between battalions during the Messines Offensive. It also includes a letter from 'Eric' to 'Doctor' describing the early success of the Offensive.
This file contains:
11th Australian Infantry Brigade Order 'A', 10 May 1917;
Instructions for 11th Australian Infantry Brigade Scheme, 10 May 1917;
Notes from Conference of Corps, 11 May 1917;
Notes on conference held at Corps HQ, 11 May 1917;
Message from Sir Godley to Monash, 12 May 1917;
Extract from an article by the Military Correspondent in German Newspaper Frankfurter Zeitung, [date unknown];
Account of accident concerning rifle fire, 12 May 1917;
Notes for conference with 9th and 10th Brigades, 12 May 1917;
Catalogue for the New Zealand Division Horse Show, 13 May 1917;
M.O. Circular No. 10 for the 3rd Australian Division, 14 May 1917;
Magnum Opus outline, 14 May 1917;
Magnum Opus with reconsidered dispositions for each brigade, 15 May 1917;
Letter from HQ, AIF Depots in UK to Monash, 16 May 1917;
Tactical notes on the attack of an entrenched position, 17 May 1917;
Plan of the 'Attack'. Includes notes for consultation by commanders and a map with an assault scenario, time table, and several tables on required tools and materials, [date unknown];
Notes from Conference held at Corps HQ, 17 May 1917;
Instructional photographs on rifle training, 17 May 1917;
Unsigned letter from HQ, 3rd Australian Division to Lieutenant Colonel Lamb, requesting the establishment of a divisional band, 20 May 1917;
4th Brigade honours, addressed to Lieutenant Colonel Durrant, 20 May 1917;
Movements of 11th Brigade Battalions, 20 May 1917;
Precis of Details with regard to tasks, assembly positions, and approach march of 3rd Australian Division, 21 May 1917;
Available artillery for Magnum Opus, 21 May 1917;
Page titled 'Officers shown as awaiting absorption', 22 May 1917;
Provisional Timetable for Magnum Opus, 22 May 1917;
Agenda for Magnum Opus, 22 May 1917 [Draft];
Annexe to 5th Australian Division Intelligence Summary, 22 May 1917;
Page titled 'Papers re M.O. for G.O.C. 23rd May', 23 May 1917;
Note from Lieutenant Colonel Jackson to 3rd Australian Division and 2nd ANZAC, 23 May 1917;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel, General Staff to G.O.C. 3rd Australian Division, 23 May 1917;
Document containing 'Points Outstanding Requiring Attention', 23 May 1917;
Notes from the Corps Commanders conference held on 23rd May, 24 May 1917;
Notes on Divisional Offensive Plan from Conference with Army Commander, 24 May 1917;
Letter from Monash to Brigadier General Jobson and Brigadier General McNicoll, 25 May 1917;
Table displaying list of questions for discussion with infantry commanders, 25 May 1917;
Notification of visit by Lieutenant General Commanding AIF, 27 May 1917;
Note from Brigadier General McNicoll to G.O.C. 3rd Australian Division, 27 May 1917;
Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Cannan to Monash, 27 May 1917;
Letter from Major Borwick to HQ, 3rd Australian Division, 27 May 1917;
Note about altering artillery system, 28 May 1917;
Page on Artillery and Aeroplanes, [date unknown];
Notes from Conference at Corps, 29 May 1917;
Boxing matches for 4th Australian Infantry Brigade, 29 May 1917;
Notes for preparation of Offensive - construction of headquarters for Magnum Opus, [date unknown];
Letter from C.G.S, 30 May 1917;
Message from Captain Prideaux to HQ, 3rd Australian Division, 30 May 1917;
Message from [Brigadier General] Delavoye to Monash, 30 May 1917;
Correspondence, 30 May 1917 [Copy];
Message from Brigadier General Delavoye to Monash, 30 May 1917;
Letter to 'G.O.C.', [date unknown];
Correspondence from A.P.M to Officer-in-Charge, French Mission, 3rd Australian Division, 30 May 1917;
Notes from Conference with B.G, G.S, 31 May 1917;
Notes on artillery for '8' guns and '12' guns, [date unknown];
Moonlight chart for June, 31 May 1917;
Instructions to troops in connection with the firing of large mines, 31 May 1917;
Instructions on the maintenance and repair of tunnelled dug-outs and subways, 31 May 1917;
Promotional pamphlet for "A Corner of Blighty", featuring testimony by Monash, 30 March 1917;
Information pamphlet for "A Corner of Blighty", [date unknown];
Partial letter, June 1917;
Notes on water, June 1917;
Notes on water, annotated, June 1917;
Page on Hostile Gas Bombardment, June 1917;
Note from Sir Godley to Monash, 1 June 1917;
Letter from Monash to Sir Godley, 1 June 1917;
Tables concerning items and available men for the offensive, chiefly concerned with rifles, 1 June 1917;
Unsigned note from Major General, 3rd Australian Division to HQ 2nd ANZAC, 1 June 1917;
Recommendation table for Major Farmar, signed by Monash, 1 June 1917;
Recommendation table for Major Jackson, signed by Monash, 1 June 1917;
Recommendation table for Captain Pyke, signed by Monash, 1 June 1917;
Recommendation table for Major Borwick, signed by Monash, 1 June 1917;
Recommendation table for Major Wootten, signed by Monash, 1 June 1917;
Table showing ordnance, telephone equipment, picks and shovels for 7th, 8th, 9th and 23rd Brigades, 1 June 1917;
Document of Experiences of a Division in Recent Fighting, issued by General Staff, 2 June 1917;
Letter from Major General, 3rd Australian Division to HQ 2nd ANZAC, 2 June 1917;
Letter from W.R. Birdwood to Monash, 3 June 1917;
Unsigned letter from Major General, 3rd Australian Division to Brigadier Generals Jobson, McNicoll and Cannan, 3 June 1917;
Account of punishment faced by Allied prisoners at the hands of the Germans, 3 June 1917;
Message from Monash to 3rd Australian Division with an account by Bean of experiences of escaped Australian P.O.W.s, 3 June 1917;
Corps Conference notes, 5 June 1917;
57th Divisional Detached Force, The Defensive Battalions Circular No. 5, 5 June 1917;
Reminder by Monash, 5 June 1917;
Reminder by Monash, 5 June 1917;
Time Table for the Messines Offensive, 6 June 1917 [Draft];
Time Table for the Messines Offensive, 6 June 1917;
Message from C.R.A. 3rd Australian Divisional Staff to I, J, K, L Groups and 9th, 10th, 11th Infantry Brigades, 7 June 1917;
Congratulatory message from Monash to Commanders and Troops participating in the Messines Offensive, 7 June 1917;
Congratulatory message from Monash to Commanders and Troops participating in the Messines Offensive, annotated by Monash, 7 June 1917;
Plan for next offensive sent to HQ, 2nd ANZAC, 7 June 1917;
Letter from 'Eric' to 'Doctor'. Provides an account of the battle of Messines on the first day, 7 June 1917;
Congratulatory message from 2nd ANZAC to 3rd Australian Division, 7 June 1917;
Congratulatory message from 2nd ANZAC to Monash, 7 June 1917;
Message from 2nd ANZAC to 3rd Australian Division, 7 June 1917;
Congratulatory message from General Birdwood to Monash, 7 June 1917;
Order of the day issued by Field Marshal Haig, congratulating the troops on their success at Messines, 8 June 1917;
Report on the 'Conditions Obtaining in the Left Sector of the 'Green' Line Held by the 10th Australian Brigade', 8 June 1917;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Mansbridge to 10th Brigade HQ, 8 June 1917;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Mansbridge to 10th Brigade HQ, 8 June 1917;
Message from Captain Hillary to O.C.s A, B, C and D Companies, 8 June 1917;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Mansbridge to 10th Brigade HQ, 8 June 1917;
Report on Operations of 44th Battalion for the night of 6/7 June, 8 June 1917;
Preliminary instructions for 'Armour Battalion', 6 June 1917;
Message from Armour Battalion to G.F. 76, 9 June 1917;
Message from GE 37 to 44th Battalion, 8 June 1917;
Message from GE 37 to 44th and 37th Battalions, 8 June 1917;
Message from GE 37 to 44th Battalion, 8 June 1917;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Mansbridge to 10th Brigade HQ, 8 June 1917;
Message to 44th Battalion, 8 June 1917;
Message from GE 37 to AICG, 8 June 1917;
Message from GE 37 to AICG, 8 June 1917;
Message from GE 37 to 44th and 37th Battalions, 8 June 1917;
Notes from Lieutenant Colonel Mansbridge, [date unknown];
Notes on the distribution of troops in the Green Line, 9 June 1917;
Table for 2nd ANZAC Corps front from 9am, 9 June 1917.