[15th August 1916] and wounded. It implies first that the Turks hold Nasiriyah, secondly that their levies routed our troops, thirdly that we suffered considerable loss; all pure and ridiculous falsehoods. So much for Turkish communiques, but then, I suppose it is the lying nonsense supplied them by the Arabs.
Friday: 18th August 1916: Nasiriyah.
Last evening about 10 p.m. Arab snipers fired on our pickets stationed at the opposite bank of the river. The picket replied with a continual fusilade lasting some ten minutes and illuminated the surroundings with yellow flare lights. The moon was so bright that I was surprised at the snipers daring to appear for moving objects were visible at a considerable distance.
The Shimal has been very pleasant of late. The Arabs predict that it will