19 July 1916 – Turkish advance spotted

The campaign in Suez has slowed down but towards the end of June air reconnaissances reported a growth in the Turkish advanced camp at Bir el Mazar, forty-two miles east of Romani. At the same time agents began to come in with warnings of an intended Turkish advance down the main road on Qatiya.

The aircraft have therefore kept special watch over the whole northern sector to warn against any attack. Up until yesterday, the observers had nothing to report but today, however, the patience of the air service was rewarded when at Bir Bayud, Bir Gameil, and Bir el Abd, some 8,000 Turkish soldiers, plentifully supplied with camel transport, were discovered. The British command are convinced that a Turkish offensive is imminent.
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