All the available troops are sleeping on the ramparts

TCD MS 10516 folio 57 recto

TCD MS 10516 folio 57 recto

[8th October 1916] iriyah all the available troops are sleeping on the ramparts and our perimeter is similarly manned. I rather hope the Arabs do come; I feel that from behind our defences we could give an enemy a terrible hammering. I scarcely think they would dare an attack but they might worry us with sniping.
An Arab leader called ‘Ajaimi’ with a following of some thousand cavalry is our most likely enemy. He is encamped some forty miles up the river. Yesterday our aeroplane went to torment him with bombs; today she pays a similar compliment to the town of Shattra on the Hai, from where the Turkish Officials urge on the Arabs and pay them for their hostility to us.
Flies in camp are a nuisance, sand-flies a vexation. When the one sleeps, the other awakes to commence its activity and annoyance.