[May 6th 1916]
seen for days. Nearby we saw brick-kilns and large herds of sheep; simple but pleasing tokens of human civilization.
Today I have more notes than usual to enter in the Natural History portion of my journal.
The 112th Infantry are encamped at Khamsieh. They were on their way up the Tigris to assist in the attempt to relieve Kut but at Kurna recieved counter-orders. Their position here is of importance as holding the line of communication to Nasiriyah against attacks by Arab raiders.
Monday: May 8th Camp No. 8. 14 miles N.W. of Khamsieh
This camp is nameless so I indicate it by number. The floods drove us far out into the desert so that instead