[April 23rd 1916] one embankment to another, with the water reaching the horses girth and deep, hidden channels to negotiate, we at length reached the river. Our fishing was unsuccessful. The Euphrates was a roaring flood, swollen to so great a volume with silt-laden waters that the inflow of the tide was not felt. We returned by boat; down the Shatt-al-Arab, along the Robat creek and back to camp by 6p.m.
Tuesday: April 25th 1916: Basra
News from the Tigris is not very cheering. Trench warfare seems to result in an “impasse”. The defence holds such overwhelming advantage that the attack, even if it gets home, can scarce advance any further. How much more formidable are the obstacles when the attack must be made over