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June 18th Continued
The horses should improve here, they were falling away for the last month – No grazing & too many flies & Dust & not enough water – My two are fit & well, not a blemish on either of them –
June 19th
"Ramadan" The month of fasting for the Turks – they do not eat even drink water but have a great spread at Sundown & feast all night, if we would only let them would sleep all day. At the end of the month they are supposed to be most vicious [indecipherable] for their attackers – we had hopes of 1914 men getting leave in Australia but I see "it cant be [indecipherable]"
June 20th
Tomorrow the G.O.C. inspects us, much cleaning up of accoutrements etc. From my "Bivy" I can see Store Ships landing stores by lighters this side of Gaza – the [indecipherable] as we did at Augae – I get a swim a day & am enjoying them – Bombing classes are now popular – as the sea coast swarms with fish

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