Item 05: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 March-15 August 1916 - Page 89

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heard the wireless had been put out of action & our casualties were officers killed 1, wounded 3, other ranks killed 7, wounded 30, horses killed 37; Some of the horses that got away returned soon after breakfast & some men were sent out to wheel them back again; The bomb dropping was the best I have ever seen for accuracy & was from a great height, every bomb exploded but they sank well into the soft sand before exploding which affected their destructive power a lot as there were hardly any splinters flying & anyone ten yards from where the bomb dropped were pretty safe;

Our aeroplane flew over at 8.30 & dropped a message to Bde H.Q; It is said our plane was out visiting the Turks when the Taube paid us a visit; It was quite easy to pick out the lads who have not yet been in action, & they say they do not want to have anything more to do with aeroplane fighting out they will find it nothing compared to

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