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WITH THE NEW ZEAL AND FORCES

EXPERIENCES FROM A PENINSULA TROOPER. Heliopolig Camp, Zeetoun, Monday, January 25.

There has been very little out of the ordinary doing here lately Our cbaps are all more or less tired of going onfc of camp now, and spend most of their leave writing or visiting friends in other regiments. It is wonderful bow many old pals you can dig up when you begin to look round for them. During this last week we have been doing all field work, W,e get word in the morning that an enemy is in a certain place, and the officers send out scouts, and, on receiving their reports, they make out 8 plan of attack. Wβ leave our horses mostly about; a mile from where the enemy are. Of course, a great deal depends on the cover available We then advance in short rushes to with in range, generally about 500 yards, If the country is suitable, a flank or rear attack is made as well. Oh Thursday last, an inspection was made of our work in the field, Dummy targets were placed in differ ent places about six to eight miles out of camp, and we had to imagine they were an enemy, This morning we made an early start, Our scouts bad the enemy located, and the officer commanding soon had a plan of attack made out. By 12 30 we bad dealt with three parties of the enemy. One party was supposed to be cavalry charging us. Scouts reported no more enemy in sight, so we settled down for lunch, and then came back to camp, leading our horses the greater part of the distance. It was a very hot day, and we all felt the beat very much. However, a good cold shower at four o'clock soon put us right again I hear that our work was good, 95 per cent, of the targets being riddled with bullets. The cavalry dummies, which were within 800 yards of us, were nearly shot to pieces. Therefore we claim a smash ing victory. Our casualties were light. A few men fell out, owing to the beat of the sun. In fairness to them I must say that they had been vacci nated a few days previously, and had been feeling the effects rather much,

3 Scouting and signalling plays a great part in the present war, and orders are to hand here tbat all scouts r and signallers must attain a very high ■ standard of efficiency. A New Zealand mail has just arrived for us. ' Tbe mail includes a lot of Christmas • parcels and letters, so I expect there will be great joy when they are sorted up. I here it is the largest mail so far arrived from New Zealand. The letters should be sorted by to morrow morning early and tbe parcels in tbe afternoon, so tomorrow night will be A night. Needless to say, all mails are very much looked for by all here We get a New Zealand mail every week now It is good to hear that j the other sports are coming j to join us They should do I so, and they will realise it ! when they get this, for I can tell you when they do arrive here they will wonder why a lot more of the New Zealand boys have not enlisted. The whole seriousness of it all only be comes plain to you when you get near tbe scene of operations, and bear of the awful fighting going on day by i day. The one wish of our regiment j is to become efficient enough to go to i tbe front. I FIGHTING THE TURKS. I 5 30 p m. Since I stopped writing. I have been down to the infantry camp. 1 beard of an order which had juafc been published, and I went down to investigate it. The whole of the New Zealand Infantry, with all machine guns and transports, have got twelve hours' notice to get prepared for an advance to Suez Canal. I hear rumours to the effect that the enemy are advancing ? on to tbe Canal,, and that our chaps will be in tbe firing line within twenty four hours. Of course I don't know how true this is, but the sudden ness of departure suggests something in the air. Anyhow, our chaps are mai with delight. At the present moruenb bands, bugles, trumpets and ' bagpipes a>e paying, and tbe men are singing and going mad generally with Maori bakas, Tbe noise is indescrib able, and shows bow keen tbey all are to get to the front and do something.

Nothing is hrard of the mounted going away yet, and should the infantry get lo the firing line before us, there will be Borne cursing 1 gue33. Most of the 0 V.C are going down to the infanty lines to night to say good-bye to their pals- The men down there have got orders to pack up everything to night, bo that they will be ready to move off without delay in the morning All of their stores, horae fodder, ammunition, guns, etc , are to be put on train to night. I hear there will be eight train loads altogether , , so won't get much sleep to night. Every man has to provide himself with 48 hours , rations.

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WITH THE NEW ZEAL AND FORCES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3405, 12 March 1915

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WITH THE NEW ZEAL AND FORCES Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3405, 12 March 1915

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