Friday 29 December 2017

A Skirmish and a Tactical Scheme

Saturday 29th December 1917

1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment is currently at Mulebbis(1) about six miles east of Jaffa. On 27th the Turks began to attack towards Jerusalem in hopes of regaining it. At 4 a.m. yesterday the Bedfords saw about sixty or seventy of the enemy approaching their left post. An officer with a patrol and Lewis gun left the post and got within six hundred yards of the Turks before opening fire causing a rapid withdrawal by the enemy.

At noon the Battalion went into billets in Mulebbis. The area allocated was only capable of holding 200 men and was in a very dirty condition. It was therefore decided that the Battalion should bivouac as a whole(2)

The 7th Battalion, near Poperinge, carried out a tactical scheme for brigade commander General Sadleir Jackson this morning. Two Companies of the 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and a detachment of Vickers guns supplied an enemy for this scheme. At the conference afterwards the General pointed out the excellent manner in which the N.C.O's and Section Commanders handled their commands, and the intelligent manner in which all ranks carried out their duties. This tactical scheme was generally considered to be very much above the average.

Sources: X550/6/8; X550/8/1

(1) Now Petah Tikva
(2) The Turkish attacks on the British lines were all beaten off by 31st December.

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