But the crafty Arab was not to be caught napping.

TCD MS 10516 folio 29 recto

TCD MS 10516 folio 29 recto

[14th September 1916] had advanced south of As Sahilan and were now engaged with the 12th Brigade and that we should continue unopposed until well north of the village from where we could attack the enemy in rear.
But the crafty Arab was not to be caught napping. He had apparently observed the advance of our Brigade, and had taken strong measures to protect his rear. A low mound, about the height of the lofty mountain of fifteen cubits covered by Noah’s flood and clothed in thorny bushes, lay across our front. From this mound an unexpected rattle of musketry suddenly burst forth. It was directed straight on our advance-guard. This was the opening of the battle. The Dorsets fell on their faces and opened fire on the thorny mound. It was extraordinary that none of them were hit in the