Sunday; April 30th 1916: Schwebda Camp.
Today our transport was changed. The baggage animals employed yesterday were returned to Basra and the stubborn vice of the mule was replaced by the noisy obstinacy of the camel. I have never seen more determined or aggressive camels. They were all of the Arabian breed and loudly proclaimed their independence over their Indian brethren. Many were females. These were the most difficult to deal with as they had but little training as baggage animals. The Arabs are said never to load their female camels but to keep them solely for milking purposes. The stress of war had impressed into our service every available animal of either sex, and the females proclaimed loud and strong against this unwanted in-