Friday 3 February 2017

1st/5th Bedfords on the Move

Saturday 3rd February 1917 from our correspondent in the field

We have heard today from the 1st/5th Battalion in the Sinai Desert between Egypt and Palestine. They are marching to the front line which is around the town of Rafa (extreme right on the map above) on the border between Sinai and Palestine, which was taken from its Turkish garrison on 9th January.

On Thursday they marched twelve miles from Kantara(1) towards Romani(2) where they bivouacked. Kantara is on the Suez Canal about half-way between Port Said and the Great Bitter Lake and on the esxtere left of the map above. Yesterday the Battalion marched along the Pelusium railway siding and today they should arrive in Romani. They still have a long way to go to get to the front as they will have the cross the whole of the North Sinai Desert.

Sources: X550/6/8

(1) Now el-Qantara
(2) Now Rommana

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