We hear rumours of Turkish troops under the direction of German Officers

TCD MS 10516 folio 57 verso

TCD MS 10516 folio 57 verso

Thursday: October 12th. 1916: Safah Camp.
In spite of precautions, contrary to anticipations, – I had almost said hopes, – no enemy put in an appearance on the night of the 8th. A few shots were fired from the neighbouring village of Safah, but their apparent object was not to annoy our camp, but rather to salute the festive day.
We hear rumours of Turkish troops under the direction of German Officers encamped at the village of El Ain. As in all such rumours the estimation of numbers runs into wild extremes. This force sometimes increases to 14,000, sometimes dwindles to a modest 500.
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