Topic: BatzS - Bir el Abd
Romani and Bir el Abd
Sinai, 4 - 9 August 1916
Falls Account, Distribution of E.E.F., 27 July 1916
The Battle of Romani, 4-6 August and Bir el Abd, 9 August 1916
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[From: Military operations: Egypt and Palestine, Sketch 10 facing p. 178.]
As part of the Official British War History of the Great War, Captain Cyril Falls and Lieutenant General George MacMunn were commissioned to produce a commentary on the Sinai, Palestine and Syrian operations that took place. In 1928, their finished work, Military Operations, Egypt and Palestine - From the outbreak of war with Germany to June 1917, was published in London. Their book included a section specifically related to the battle of Romani and is extracted below.
MacMunn, G. & Falls, C., Military operations: Egypt and Palestine, (London 1930), p. 203:
Part 8. Distribution of E.E.F., 27 July 1916.(Smaller Units, R.A., and R.E. not included.)
Eastern Frontier:—No. 1 Section.8th Mounted Brigade.
54th Division (less 163rd Brigade).
20th Indian Brigade.
29th Indian Brigade.
No. 2 Section.3rd L.H. Brigade (brought into No. 3 for Battle of Romani).
160th Brigade (53rd Division).
163rd Brigade (54th Division).
British West Indies Brigade.
No. 2a Section. -This Section was formed on 16th June 1916, under the direct command of G.H.Q. Its area was between the northern boundary of No. 2 Section, and a line drawn east through Kilometre 50, south of Qantara. It was abolished on the evening of July 27th.42nd Division (brought into No. 3 for Battle of Romani).No. 3 Section.
A. & N.Z. Mounted Division (less 3rd Aust. L.H. Brigade).
5th Mounted Brigade.
158th Brigade (53rd Division).
1st Dismounted Brigade.
Western Frontier:6th Mounted Brigade.
22nd Mounted Brigade.
Part of 53rd Division.
2nd Dismounted Brigade.
4th Dismounted Brigade.
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Citation: Romani and Bir el Abd, Falls Account, Distribution of E.E.F., 27 July 1916