Thursday, 2 August 2018

1st/5th Battalion Back to the Front Line

Friday 2nd August 1918

Yesterday 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment left their Egyptian holiday and training behind them as they moved up into the front line in Palestine. They are at Mejdel Yaba about eleven miles north-east of Ramleh(1). The Bedfords have resumed their vigorous patrolling of earlier in the year, searching for information in no man's land and the enemy front line. Last night, for example, they found a sangar (a temporary fortification built of a breastwork of stones in areas where the soil is too stony to dig trenches) which had been occupied by the Turks but is now abandoned.

Source: X550/6/8

(1) The Palestinian Mejdel Yaba was captured by Israelis in 1948 and depopulated. It now forms part of the Israeli settlement of Rosh HaAyin.

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