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March 1917
on matters chiefly relating to discipline through the conduct of Australian soldiers towards British officers etc.

Saturday 24th
Stood by all day ready to move

Sunday 25th
Reveille at 12.30 & we marched out at 2.30 am. It was a busy day & fairly warm. Columns of infantry & artillery were on the move. We reached Dar el Belah shortly after dinner & camped there for the rest of the day, having a rest before we attack Gaza.

Monday 26th
We turned out again at 12.30 am & were on the road by 2 am. It was a bad morning. About 4 am a thick blanket of fog screened everything & progress was very slow. We gave our horses every opportunity of getting all the green feed they could get & there are some splendid crops in this part. We made a wide circling movement & came in contact with the enemy about 2 miles East of the Gaza Beersheba Road. Their patrols were driven back & some of them captured. On reaching the road we captured the Turkish commandant & quite a number of Turks. Enemy aeroplanes came

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