The village must be enclosed on every side

TCD MS 10515 folio 135 recto

TCD MS 10515 folio 135 recto

No. 5 Party The last party No. 5, a half section of machine guns will proceed up the Garmat Sultan Canal (5) from where it should obtain a clear field of fire on the village, on the open ground between the village and Sultan Manahi, and could prevent any Arabs from coming down the Garmat Sultan Canal to at-tack us on the left bank.
Such were the dispostions of the force. Unless the project was to be a failure; it was to be a complete surprise, so thorough that the village must be enclosed on every side before the Arabs attempt to escape.

The evening of Sunday,*the 9th of July, was hot and breathless; not a cloud ap-peared in the heavens, but a thick haze of dust, ascending high into the sky, hung over the far horizon.

*Error:- Saturday, the 8th July.