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El Arish North Queensland

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Light Horse in Action

October 31, 1916
A lance-corporal in the First Australian Light Horse Brigade, which played  such a brilliant part in the recent fighting in Egypt against the 'Turks, writes to his father in Sydney as follows (says the "Daily Telegaph"); -  
"At Romani we gave the Turks one of the biggest hidings they over got. We were out in the open, and held them back for four and a half hours, after which we left them to the infantry and the artillery. We retired to   a safe place and rested our horses, next morning rounded , up a lot of prisoners, field guns, and six machine guns. They gave us a pretty warm time, but were too uneasy to do good shooting. their firing being very erratic. They only stayed one day and   then retired to Kaita, where we   attacked them next afternoon, and after we had done all the damage we could we came back to camp. Two or three days later we had another 'go' at them at But-e-Abd. Gee! it was warm. Their shooting was again very 'crook,' or they would have done some damage. Our artillery did lovely work, making a terrible mess of their camel transport and chopping them up in generally   Those who escaped will never forget the Anzacs !" 
"Trooper Bluegum," writes to the "Sydney Morning Herald," from the desert, dated August 6th, a very interesting account of the battle of Katia,  in which Australian mounted men did such good service. At last the threatened second attack by the Turks on   Egypt has taken place and, like the former venture back in January, 1915, it has proved an enormous failure.   Three thousand Turks did reach the Suaz Canal, but they were all prisoners of war, and are now safely   lodged in Cairo. The rest of the invaders are fighting a dogged rear   guard action as they retrace their steps towards El Arish. The intentions of the German staff were now apparent.   They hoped to drive our covering troops back on Romani. then swing south and wait, and cut us off from the canal base, but two of their battalions had the bad luck to strike a regiment of Queensland Light Horse comfortably esconced amongst the sand dunes stretching from Bin-Umm-Ziad  to Hud Nigierea. Alt.
At 2 o'clock in the afternoon the Turks attacked, but the Queenslanders, although outnumbered by four to one, had the advantage of position, and by cool and deliberate workmanship blocked every charge of the enemy. Whenever the attempt was made at outflank a squadron, the   Light Horsemen would promptly bolt to their horse, mount, and ride pell-mell to the threatened area, dismount and  leave their horses under cover, and confront the baffled Turks.

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