Entered Amman after a sharp fight.
No news to speak of.
Number of prisoners taken so far in Amman is 4000, several guns, and huge quantities of material and many machine guns. Bedouins and Circassians have started a small war on their own. Amman thickly populated. Hospitals full of civilian wounded and sick. Armenian and German doctors assisting our medical staff.
Shot two Bedouins stealing clothes off wounded Germans, stench something awful.
Buried a NZ mate of mine - C A Campbell.
Total captures up to 28th 51,000 men and 312 guns.
Later - Garrison of 5000 Turks at (Zizi) surrendered to our Regt on condition they would be allowed to retain their arms until the forces were sent to protect them. Our boys assisted the Turks in holding the trenches against Arabs. It was the funniest thing imaginable. We were allies for one night.
We enter the fray, fast riding.
(Shumet Nimron) evacuated by Turks. We are in pursuit.
J. A. Graham
Something in the wind and something big. Everyone has the restless feeling and that is a sure sign that there is something on. I can’t do a thing, too unsettled, waiting for the fatal word, which must come very soon.
We may be likened to a beast of prey, who having stalked his victim waits for the supreme moment to spring when judgment or instinct satisfies him that the spring will enable him to deal his victim a death blow. Today we see ourselves in that position ready for grim battle and who knows, we may make the spring tonight or perhaps at dawn tomorrow. The sooner the better because this something, whatever one might call it, keeps one from concentrating one’s mind on anything.
Later - Night – at 2000 the Spring was made. It was a beauty and timed to the second. The Black Watch Seaforth Highlands, and 53 Division and 10th Division and 60th Division led the attack on coast sector and broke through taking 7000 prisoners and 95 guns. Our Division hasn’t begun to move yet.
J. A. Graham
Jack Graham, ANZAC soldier, kept a diary from 1914-1918. Here it is, blogged 100 years later to the day....