Item 05: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 March-15 August 1916 - Page 68

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complimenting them on the manner in which they appeared on the scene here after the English troops retreated & said he did not believe there were any troops in the world could have performed the same feat;
When the Sqd of English Tommies were captured the 2nd Bde were 17 miles the other side of Kantara & at once commenced their journey, they had 4 hours spell at Kantara, 4 hours at Hill 70 & then came straight on arriving here within 24 hours from the time they got the order to move. the journey was 50 odd miles & were expecting to meet Turks any time after leaving Hill 70 behind them & when they arrived had to put out patrols & outposts in case they were attacked & dig into the sand with their hands to make wells to get water for themselves & horses.
The country here is composed of nothing but loose sand hills & most of the hills so steep

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