Ever since landing on the 25th, we have not had a moment's
respite from fighting. Day and night we have been attacked, and
yesterday 250 shrapnel burst over one corner of this camp in ten minutes.
All have, however, I hope now fully realised the necessity of digging
by which alone they can hope to escape heavy casualties, and it is
rather nice to see what old soldiers a great many of the men have
become during the week, and how little respect they now show to the
enemy's shrapnel. The waste of ammunition at first was terrible, as
was perhaps very natural in an army practically composed of young
soldiers. The whole of the hill on which we are living is covered with
dense scrub about four feet high, and it is certainly rather trying to
men's nerves to have an enemy all round them hidden in this stuff,
and never knowing when and in what strength the attack may be made.
By constantly going round the trenches and talking to them all, I hope
we have now been able to induce them to hold their fire until the
attack actually approaches them, and then to pour in rapid fire and use
the bayonet. Whenever this has been done, the Turks have been completely
routed, and I think we have accounted for a great number of them.