At the summit of the pass we halted at a well-equipped German Depot, Dham Alum: here were motor repair shops, a few aeroplanes on their journey “somewhere”, and a Hospital in which were some German nurses – a haven for sick and wounded, if they ever reached it!
We reached BYZANTI railway station in the evening; there were many Germans and Austrians at this place and we saw quantities of military stores and ammunition. Here we met some British prisoners who were working for a German engineering firm, they received 2/3 a day working pay. they said that they were well treated by the Germans, and were happy. Although the Germans were the principal enemies of my country, I am pleased to admit that we officers and our men found them to be courteous and kind wherever we met them. This was the only place on our journey where we were able to buy stores and luxuries in bulk at reasonable prices: there was a Government Depot, and the fact that the Germans had controlled the management was apparent, for, for once we were not robbed.
We bivouacked in some horse lines near the station, and were able