We capture two field guns (1 gun by 7 LH) and many prisoners. 30 of our planes came over and bombed Jacks. Jacks counter attacks. Reinforced by Yeomany. We expect to be relieved for a spell and to get rations 27 more planes bomb Jacks.
(Insert from 9 December 1917): Soon after the fall of Sharia the troops operating on our left occupied Gaza and the whole line was ours. The Turks began a general retreat and it was from now on that the cavalry came into great prominence.
The pursuit was so swift that the Turks hadn’t time to take anything with them and whenever they got time they used to set fire to their dumps. One must give the Turk credit for the great rearguard action he fought for well over 50 miles.
Our Brigade did great work right thru and we alone captured huge quantities of stores and ammunition including 200,000 rounds of big gun shells, 2000 rifles, two aeroplanes, 103 transport wagons and teams fully laden, motor cars and lorries, 13 guns, several machine guns, 3 anti aircraft guns 2 railway trains and about 2000 prisoners. The other Brigades in our Division also got great hauls.
(Insert from 9 December 1917): The air service put in some great work during the offensive. Batches of 30 planes used to leave our lines and drops tons of bombs on the enemy and then swoop down and mow them down with their machine guns.
J. A. Graham
Jack Graham, ANZAC soldier, kept a diary from 1914-1918. Here it is, blogged 100 years later to the day....