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This is an excerpt from an account of a journey through Germany made by Hunter-Weston in December 1918, little over a month after the Armistice. The purpose of the journey was a visit to the 29th Division, which he had commanded at Gallipoli in 1915. Hunter-Weston had the opportunity to observe the situation in Germany along the way and to discuss it with his fellow officers. The excerpt begins in the middle of one of these discussions, considering the ‘Bolshevist element’, influenced by the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the future governance of Germany. It goes on to describe the food shortages in Germany, which were the result of an Allied naval blockade that prevented supplies entering the country. By the end of the war German civilians faced starvation. Even as a high-ranking officer who was accustomed to dining with generals in the grand palaces and hotels that had been taken over as Army headquarters, Hunter-Weston could not avoid noticing that ‘the food situation is very serious indeed’.
Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston was a Major General during the First World War. He served on the Western Front, in the Middle East and at Gallipoli. After the war he wrote up his experiences in war diaries and he included photographs and pictures of the different places in which he served.