Thursday 10 May 2018


Friday 10th May 1918

Yesterday 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment went up to the front line near Jaffa. Last evening they sent out a patrol into no man's land. The two officers and six other ranks were, of course, gathering information on the enemy's front line positions. But they were doing more than that. They left propaganda leaflets affixed to the wire. As the officer leading the patrol noted, the enemy may well not pay any attention to the reading material on offer, but the fact that it was left on their front line without their knowledge may give them pause for thought. It may have been a coincidence but an Arab deserter from the Turkish unit opposite came over and gave himself up later that night.

Source: X550/6/8

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