The first work was to blow up the towers

TCD MS 10515 folio 138 verso

TCD MS 10515 folio 138 verso

were first made prisoners and placed under a guard some little distance to one side. We then set to at the destruction of the village. The first work was to blow up the towers that exist in every Arab village as a stronghold of defence. The Gun cotton section soon completed their destruction. About 20 Lbs of guncotton was buried in each tower and a time-fuse applied. A roar followed, fragments of blackened clay with clouds of dust and shooting sparks flew into the air; the earth shook; the walls of the towers either burst into powder or, in places, swayed and trembled as they fell into ruins. The towers being shattered, the remainder of the work was easy. The cattle were rounded up and driven to the ship. Gurkhas chased the hens /