[April 25th 1916] the open desert without the vestige of any cover. Our force must be in a state of inertia; fatal to our objective. I suspect Nasiriyah will be our destination. It is said to be not an unpleasant spot, a statement of the highest compliment to any corner of Mesopotamia. Sand flies are troublesome at night. I have to resort to the old unpleasant practice of oiling my wrists and ankles at bedtime, for these are tender place that they usually select for their attack. With the insects come the oppressive days; the sultry evenings, the stuffy nights.
Thursday: April 27th 1916: Basra
Orders have arrived at last. We leave for Nasiriyah on the 29th. Pessismism prevails; the relief of Kut seems almost beyond hope and the counter attack of the Turks