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that the rider has to dismount & lead his horse up & down them & both horse & rider up to their knees going down them & is very heavy work on both; It would be ideal fighting country for mounted troops if the ground was solid & water obtainable; we receive a pint of fresh tea 3 times a day & one bottle full of fresh water daily so we can manage without drinking the brackish water from the wells

Sat 20th
B Troop had to go out at 4 oclock this morning on patrol, & as a Sigs had to go too I went & had a very enjoyable ride. We went to within a mile of Qatia where the Tommies were cut up & then came back arriving in camp at 9 oclock after setting fire to all the shades & old dwelling places of Bedouins as they afforded good hiding

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