Title: The Lionheart – A Biography Of Lieutenant-General Sir Talbot Hobbs
Author: Coombes, David
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2007
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 342 pages
Comments: A Biography Of Lieutenant-General Sir Talbot Hobbs who commanded Australian troops during the Battle of Villiers-Brettoneux.
“His heart is that of a lion,” was Keith Murdoch’s description of Major-General Sir Talbot Hobbs, shortly after the end of World War One.
In the First AIF he commanded the 1 Divisional Artillery and on Gallipoli, he did whatever he could to provide maximum support to the infantry. On the Western Front, Hobbs was still in command and led his gunners with similar gusto.
Towards the end of 1916, he was given command of 5th Australian Division, replacing the disliked, incompetent McCay.
Almost immediately Hobbs changed the thinking within the division, a leader who cared for their well-being of his men.
Hobbs commanded the division, with distinction, for nearly two years as it took part in some of the most difficult battles – including, second Bullecourt, Peronne but it was at Villers-Bretonneux that Hobbs established his reputation as a top Australian general. After the Armistice, he was promoted to lieutenant-general and took over the Australian Corps from Monash.
Hobbs certainly exemplified the spirit and never-say-die attitude of the World War One Australian ‘Digger.’