[March 28th 1916] It appears that our stay in Basra may be prolonged. We are likely to be employed at the railway work for some time so that it is improbable that we will be at the front in the next attempt to relieve Townsend. While comtemplating our present inactivity it is strange to think of the haste with which we hurried away from Nagoman.
Wednesday: March 29th 1916: Basra
I went to Basra, or more correctly Asshar, this morning. I do not think any town in the world can possess such a strange mixture of people of every type as does Basra at the present time. The Indian Army is itself composed of many types, quite different and distinct, and all these types are to be seen. Aryan, Mongolian and Drav –