Practised the attack and burning of an Arab village

TCD MS 10516 folio 54 verso

TCD MS 10516 folio 54 verso

Monday : October 2nd. 1916: Nasiriyah.
Field day this morning. Out of bed at 3.30 a.m. The wind was strong and bitter cold. It is difficult to realize the rapidity with which the season changes here. This biting air was an undoubted demonstration that the cold season is commencing. We marched six miles, practised the attack and burning of an Arab village and the retirement before an advancing foe. The General inclines to the diamond formation as the most suitable to this exposed fighting against a very mobile enemy, who seek for success by hastily encircling their opponent’s flanks.
An aeroplane has at length arrived. Six months ago we were turned out of camp to make room for aircraft, but this is its first appearance. I feel we will be on more active work soon. The head of the railway is creeping rapidly