Nothing but an occasional mound of sand breaks the flat monotonous landscape

TCD MS 10515 folio 73v

TCD MS 10515 folio 73v

[May 6th 1916]

that lost its way in its confusion to escape and raced around in aimless circles.

Nothing but an occasional mound of sand breaks the flat monotonous landscape of dreary wilderness and placid river. Scarce a tree and not a single human habitation, have we seen for the past six days; not even a few nomad Arab tents. I could never have believed that the banks of this great river, instilled with the hottest traditions of mankind, should be now lost in such neglect, in such loneliness of utter destruction

Sunday: May 7th 1916: Camp Khamsieh

I have not yet mentioned the composition of our column. We are the 42nd Infantry brigade constituted as follows: