Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHMGS
The Battle of Magdhaba
Sinai, 23 December 1916
3rd LHMGS, AIF, War Diary Account
22 December 1916
1800 - Moved to a point 2 miles south east of El Arish to draw rations.
23 December 1916
0100 - Marched down Wadi el Arish to Magdhaba.
0700 - Arrived in sight of Magdhaba.
0830 - Two Sections (four guns) were attached to 8th and 10th Light Horse Regiments and two Sections were held in reserve.
1000 - Attacked enemy position. The disposition of the8th and 10th Light horse Regiments and the nature of the country (which is very flat) were unsuitable for Machine Gun support. The two Sections in Reserve were brought up into the firing line and were able to support the attack.
1530 - Magdhaba was taken but fighting continued till dark with snipers and small isolated parties of the enemy. Our total casualties were - one horse killed and four horses slightly wounded.
1800 - Watered horses and moved to a point about two miles north west of Magdhaba in the Wadi el Arish to draw drinking water.
2300 - Marched to Bir Lahfan.
24 December 1916
0300 - Arrived at Bir Lahfan and drew rations.
0430 - Marched out on Bir Masa'id.
1000 - Arrived Bir Masa'id.
Roll of Honour
Lest We Forget
Citation: The Battle of Magdhaba, Sinai, December 23, 1916, 3rd LHMGS, AIF, War Diary Account