« September 2009 »
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
You are not logged in. Log in

Search the site:

powered by FreeFind
Volunteer with us.

Entries by Topic All topics  
A Latest Site News
A - Using the Site
AAA Volunteers
AAB-Education Centre
AAC-Film Clips
AAC-Photo Albums
AIF - Lighthorse
AIF - ALH - A to Z
AIF - DMC - Or Bat
AIF - DMC - Anzac MD
AIF - DMC - Aus MD
AIF - DMC - British
AIF - DMC - French
AIF - DMC - Indian
AIF - DMC - Italian
AIF - DMC - Medical
AIF - DMC - Remounts
AIF - DMC - Scouts
AIF - DMC - Sigs
AIF - DMC - Sigs AirlnS
AIF - DMC - 1 Sig Sqn
AIF - DMC - 2 Sig Sqn
AIF - DMC - Eng
AIF - DMC - Eng 1FSE
AIF - DMC - Eng 2FSE
AIF - 1B - 1 LHB
AIF - 1B - 6 MVS
AIF - 1B - 1 LHMGS
AIF - 1B - 1 Sig Trp
AIF - 1B - 1 LHFA
AIF - 1B - 1 LHR
AIF - 1B - 2 LHR
AIF - 1B - 3 LHR
AIF - 2B - 2 LHB
AIF - 2B - 7 MVS
AIF - 2B - 2 LHFA
AIF - 2B - 2 LHMGS
AIF - 2B - 2 Sig Trp
AIF - 2B - 5 LHR
AIF - 2B - 6 LHR
AIF - 2B - 7 LHR
AIF - 3B - 3 LHB
AIF - 3B - 8 MVS
AIF - 3B - 3 LHB Sigs
AIF - 3B - 3 LHFA
AIF - 3B - 3 LHMGS
AIF - 3B - 3 Sig Trp
AIF - 3B - 8 LHR
AIF - 3B - 9 LHR
AIF - 3B - 10 LHR
AIF - 4B - 4 LHB
AIF - 4B - 4 Sig Trp
AIF - 4B - 9 MVS
AIF - 4B - 4 LHFA
AIF - 4B - 4 LHMGS
AIF - 4B - 4 LHR
AIF - 4B - 11 LHR
AIF - 4B - 12 LHR
AIF - 5B - 5 LHB
AIF - 5B - 10 MVS
AIF - 5B - 5 LHFA
AIF - 5B - 5 Sig Trp
AIF - 5B - ICC
AIF - 5B - 14 LHR
AIF - 5B - 15 LHR
AIF - 5B - 1er Regt
AIF - 5B - 2 NZMGS
AIF - Aboriginal LH
AIF - Badges
AIF - Cars
AIF - Chinese LH
AIF - Double Sqns
AIF - Engineers
AIF - Fr - 22 Corps
AIF - Fr - 13 LHR
AIF - Honour Roll
AIF - HQ - 3rd Echelon
AIF - Marching Songs
AIF - Misc Topics
AIF - NZMRB - Sig-Trp
AIF - Ships
AIF - Ships - Encountr
AIF - Ships - Una
AIF - Wireless Sqn
BatzA - Australia
BatzA - Broken Hill
BatzA - Liverpool
BatzA - Merivale
BatzB - Boer War
BatzB - Bakenlaagte
BatzB - Belmont
BatzB - Bothaville
BatzB - Buffels Hoek
BatzB - Coetzees Drift
BatzB - Diamond Hill
BatzB - Driefontein
BatzB - Elands
BatzB - Graspan
BatzB - Grobelaar
BatzB - Grootvallier
BatzB - Hartebestfontn
BatzB - Houtnek
BatzB - Karee Siding
BatzB - Kimberley
BatzB - Koster River
BatzB - Leeuw Kop
BatzB - Mafeking
BatzB - Magersfontein
BatzB - Modder River
BatzB - Onverwacht
BatzB - Paardeberg
BatzB - Palmietfontein
BatzB - Pink Hill
BatzB - Poplar Grove
BatzB - Rhenoster
BatzB - Sannahs Post
BatzB - Slingersfontn
BatzB - Stinkhoutbm
BatzB - Sunnyside
BatzB - Wilmansrust
BatzB - Wolvekuil
BatzB - Zand River
BatzG - Gallipoli
BatzG - Anzac
BatzG - Aug 1915
BatzG - Baby 700
BatzG - Evacuation
BatzG - Hill 60
BatzG - Hill 971
BatzG - Krithia
BatzG - Lone Pine
BatzG - Nek
BatzJ - Jordan Valley
BatzJ - 1st Amman
BatzJ - 2nd Amman
BatzJ - Abu Tellul
BatzJ - Es Salt
BatzJ - JV Maps
BatzJ - Ziza
BatzM - Mespot
BatzM - Baghdad
BatzM - Ctesiphon
BatzM - Daur
BatzM - Kurna
BatzM - Kut el Amara
BatzM - Ramadi
BatzN - Naval
BatzN - AE1
BatzN - Cocos Is
BatzN - Heligoland
BatzN - Marmara
BatzN - Zeebrugge
BatzN - Zeppelin L43
BatzNG - Bitapaka
BatzO - Other
BatzO - Baku
BatzO - Egypt 1919
BatzO - Emptsa
BatzO - Karawaran
BatzO - Peitang
BatzO - Wassa
BatzP - Palestine
BatzP - 1st Gaza
BatzP - 2nd Gaza
BatzP - 3rd Gaza
BatzP - Aleppo
BatzP - Amwas
BatzP - Ayun Kara
BatzP - Bald Hill
BatzP - Balin
BatzP - Beersheba
BatzP - Berkusieh
BatzP - Damascus
BatzP - El Auja
BatzP - El Buggar
BatzP - El Burj
BatzP - Haifa
BatzP - Huj
BatzP - JB Yakub
BatzP - Kaukab
BatzP - Khan Kusseir
BatzP - Khuweilfe
BatzP - Kuneitra
BatzP - Megiddo
BatzP - Nablus
BatzP - Rafa
BatzP - Sasa
BatzP - Semakh
BatzP - Sheria
BatzP - Surafend
BatzP - Wadi Fara
BatzS - Sinai
BatzS - Bir el Abd
BatzS - El Arish
BatzS - El Mazar
BatzS - El Qatiya
BatzS - Jifjafa
BatzS - Magdhaba
BatzS - Maghara
BatzS - Romani
BatzS - Suez 1915
BatzSe - Senussi
BatzWF - Westn Front
BW - Boer War
BW - NSW - A Bty RAA
BW - NSW - Aust H
BW - NSW - Lancers
BW - NSW - NSW Inf
BW - Qld
BW - Qld - 1ACH
BW - Qld - 1QMI
BW - Qld - 2QMI
BW - Qld - 3ACH
BW - Qld - 3QMI
BW - Qld - 4QIB
BW - Qld - 5QIB
BW - Qld - 6QIB
BW - Qld - 7ACH
BW - SA - 2ACH
BW - SA - 4ACH
BW - SA - 8ACH
BW - Tas
BW - Tas - 1ACH
BW - Tas - 1TIB
BW - Tas - 1TMI
BW - Tas - 2TB
BW - Tas - 2TIB
BW - Tas - 3ACH
BW - Tas - 8ACH
BW - Vic
BW - Vic - 1VMI
BW - Vic - 2ACH
BW - Vic - 2VMR
BW - Vic - 3VB
BW - Vic - 4ACH
BW - Vic - 4VIB
BW - Vic - 5VMR
BW - Vic - 6ACH
BW - Vic - AAMC
BW - Vic - Scot H
BW - WA - 2ACH
BW - WA - 3WAB
BW - WA - 4ACH
BW - WA - 8ACH
BW Gen - Campaign
BW Gen - Soldiers
BW General
Cavalry - General
Diary - Schramm
Egypt - Heliopolis
Egypt - Mena
Gen - Ataturk Pk, CNB
Gen - Australia
Gen - Legends
Gen - Query Club
Gen - St - NSW
Gen - St - Qld
Gen - St - SA
Gen - St - Tas
Gen - St - Vic
Gen - St - WA
Gm - German Items
Gm - Bk - 605 MGC
GW - 11 Nov 1918
GW - Atrocities
GW - August 1914
GW - Biographies
GW - Propaganda
GW - Spies
GW - We forgot
Militia 1899-1920
Militia - Area Officers
Militia - Inf - Infantry
Militia - Inf - 1IB
Militia - Inf - 2IB
Militia - Inf - 3IB
Militia - Inf - NSW
Militia - Inf - Qld
Militia - Inf - SA
Militia - Inf - Tas
Militia - Inf - Vic
Militia - Inf - WA
Militia - K.E.Horse
Militia - LH
Militia - LH - Regts
Militia - LH - 1LHB
Militia - LH - 2LHB
Militia - LH - 3LHB
Militia - LH - 4LHB
Militia - LH - 5LHB
Militia - LH - 6LHB
Militia - LHN - NSW
Militia - LHN - 1/7/1
Militia - LHN - 2/9/6
Militia - LHN - 3/11/7
Militia - LHN - 4/6/16
Militia - LHN - 5/4/15
Militia - LHN - 6/5/12
Militia - LHN - 28
Militia - LHQ - Qld
Militia - LHQ - 13/2
Militia - LHQ - 14/3/11
Militia - LHQ - 15/1/5
Militia - LHQ - 27/14
Militia - LHS - SA
Militia - LHS - 16/22/3
Militia - LHS - 17/23/18
Militia - LHS - 24/9
Militia - LHT - Tas
Militia - LHT - 12/26
Militia - LHV - Vic
Militia - LHV - 7/15/20
Militia - LHV - 8/16/8
Militia - LHV - 9/19
Militia - LHV - 10/13
Militia - LHV - 11/20/4
Militia - LHV - 19/17
Militia - LHV - 29
Militia - LHW - WA
Militia - LHW-18/25/10
Militia - Military Orders
Militia - Misc
MilitiaRC - Rifle Clubs
MilitiaRC - NSW
MilitiaRC - NT
MilitiaRC - Qld
MilitiaRC - SA
MilitiaRC - Tas
MilitiaRC - Vic
MilitiaRC - WA
Militiaz - New Zealand
Tk - Turkish Items
Tk - Army
Tk - Bks - Books
Tk - Bks - 1/33IR
Tk - Bks - 27th IR
Tk - Bks - Air Force
Tk - Bks - Yildirim
Tk - POWs
Wp - Weapons
Wp - Hotchkiss Cav
Wp - Hotchkiss PMG
Blog Tools
Edit your Blog
Build a Blog
RSS Feed
View Profile
Open Community
Post to this Blog
Site Index
Education Centre
LH Militia
Boer War
Transport Ships
LH Battles
ALH - Units
ALH - General
Aboriginal Light H
Ottoman Sources

"At a mile distant their thousand hooves were stuttering thunder, coming at a rate that frightened a man - they were an awe inspiring sight, galloping through the red haze - knee to knee and horse to horse - the dying sun glinting on bayonet points..." Trooper Ion Idriess

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre aims to present an accurate history as chroniclers of early Australian military developments from 1899 to 1920.

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre site holds over 12,000 entries and is growing daily.

Contact: Australian Light Horse Studies Centre

Let us hear your story: You can tell your story, make a comment or ask for help on our Australian Light Horse Studies Centre Forum called:

Desert Column Forum

WARNING: This site contains: names, information and images of deceased people; and, language which may be considered inappropriate today.

Friday, 4 September 2009
Latest News, The Volunteer Movement in Western Australia
Topic: A Latest Site News

Latest News

The Volunteer Movement in Western Australia


In order to understand the situation of the light horse movement in Western Australia during the first two decades in the twentieth century, it is important to see the origins of the indigenous volunteer movement. One of the most concise books written on this subject was written in 1962 by George F. Wieck called The Volunteer Movement in Western Australia 1861-1903.

Wieck began his military career as a permanent member of the new military force after the beginning of the new century. He was selected to go to Hythe in England in 1913, a great honour. On his return to Australia, Wieck became the adjutant to the AIF 9th Light Horse Regiment. His efficient administration ensured that the regiment entered the war on a sound basis which was bourn out its distinguished record. After the Great War, Wieck moved to Western Australia where he took an active part within the local militia movement. The highlight of his career in WA was founding the Northam Army Camp, vital to military training in Australia for many decades.

The topic is here:

Western Australian Militia, Light Horse, Contents

Items covered include:


The Volunteer Movement in Western Australia

Enrolment and Conditions of Service

The Plan in Operation


Perth Volunteer Rifles

Fremantle Volunteer Rifles

Pinjarrah Mounted Volunteers

Pinjarrah Mounted Volunteers, Nominal Roll, 1868

Union Troop of W.A. Mounted Volunteers 

Perth Company of W.A. Rifle Volunteers

W.A. Troop Volunteer Horse Artillery

Fremantle Rifle Volunteers

Guildford Rifle Volunteers

1st Battalion W.A. Volunteers

Geraldton Rifle Volunteers

Wellington Mounted Volunteers

Albany Rifle Volunteers

York Rifle Volunteers 

Naval Artillery Volunteers

Perth Volunteer Artillery

Northampton Rifle Volunteers

Albany Defence Rifles

No. 1 Battery, Field Artillery

Plantagenet Rifles

Fremantle Artillery Volunteers

No. 2 Battery, Field Artillery

Bunbury Rifle Volunteers

York Infantry Volunteers

Perth Mounted Rifle Volunteers

York Infantry

1st Infantry Regiment

Metropolitan Civil Service Battalion

West Australian Mounted Infantry

Pinjarrah Mounted Infantry

Goldfields Battalion of Infantry

W.A. Infantry Brigade

1st Battalion, W.A. Infantry Brigade

Second Battalion, W.A. Infantry Brigade

3rd Battalion, W.A. Infantry Brigade

4th Battalion, W.A. Infantry Brigade

5th Battalion, W.A. Infantry Brigade

Albany Volunteer Garrison Artillery

18th Light Horse Regiment (W.A.M.I.)

West Australian Highlanders 

Supporting the Volunteers


Forts and Fixed Defences

Rifle Ranges


Organization and Training

Uniforms and Badges  


Further Reading:

Western Australian Militia, Light Horse

Western Australian Militia, Infantry


Citation: Latest News, The Volunteer Movement in Western Australia

Posted by Project Leader at 11:20 PM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 5 September 2009 7:54 AM EADT
Western Australian Militia, Light Horse, Contents
Topic: Militia - LHW - WA


Western Australian Militia, Light Horse




Western Australian Mounted Infantry History



Training by Lieutenant Colonel Noel Murray Brazier, 1914 



Western Australia Light Horse location list 1913

Western Australian Light Horse location list 1910 


The Volunteer Movement in Western Australia

Enrolment and Conditions of Service 

The Plan in Operation 



Perth Volunteer Rifles

Fremantle Volunteer Rifles

Pinjarrah Mounted Volunteers

Pinjarrah Mounted Volunteers, Nominal Roll, 1868

Union Troop of W.A. Mounted Volunteers 

Perth Company of W.A. Rifle Volunteers

W.A. Troop Volunteer Horse Artillery
Fremantle Rifle Volunteers
Guildford Rifle Volunteers 

1st Battalion W.A. Volunteers 

Geraldton Rifle Volunteers 

Wellington Mounted Volunteers

Albany Rifle Volunteers

York Rifle Volunteers  

Naval Artillery Volunteers 

Perth Volunteer Artillery 

Northampton Rifle Volunteers 

Albany Defence Rifles 

No. 1 Battery, Field Artillery 

Plantagenet Rifles 

Fremantle Artillery Volunteers 

No. 2 Battery, Field Artillery 

Bunbury Rifle Volunteers 

York Infantry Volunteers 

Perth Mounted Rifle Volunteers 

York Infantry 

1st Infantry Regiment 

Metropolitan Civil Service Battalion 

West Australian Mounted Infantry

Pinjarrah Mounted Infantry 

Goldfields Battalion of Infantry 

W.A. Infantry Brigade 

1st Battalion, W.A. Infantry Brigade 

Second Battalion, W.A. Infantry Brigade 

3rd Battalion, W.A. Infantry Brigade 

4th Battalion, W.A. Infantry Brigade

5th Battalion, W.A. Infantry Brigade 

Albany Volunteer Garrison Artillery 

18th Light Horse Regiment (W.A.M.I.) 

West Australian Highlanders 


Supporting the Volunteers


Forts and Fixed Defences 
Rifle Ranges 
Organization and Training 
Uniforms and Badges 


Further Reading:

Western Australian Militia, Light Horse

Western Australian Militia, Infantry


Citation: Western Australian Militia, Light Horse, Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 13 December 2009 12:17 PM EAST
el Qatiya, Sinai, 23 April 1916, Falls Account, The Composition of the Turkish Force at Qatiya
Topic: BatzS - El Qatiya

el Qatiya

Sinai, 23 April 1916

Falls Account, The Composition of the Turkish Force at Qatiya


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. 170:

The Composition of the Turkish Force at Qatiya

The composition and strength of the Turkish force is given in detail by the Historical Section of the Turkish General Staff. It was commanded by Colonel Kress von Kressenstein and consisted of the 1st and 2nd Battalions and one company 3rd Battalion, 32nd Regiment (afterwards to distinguish itself at Romani), an irregular camel regiment of four companies, two independent camel companies, a 75-mm, battery of the 8th F.A. Regiment and two guns of the 9th, two field ambulances and an ammunition column. Its strength was 95 officers and 3,560 other ranks (2,668 rifles), 6 guns, 4 machine guns, 225 horses, 1,009 dromedaries (presumably riding camels), 756 camels (presumably baggage camels), 96 donkeys. In his Despatches Sir A. Murray estimated the enemy force at 3,500, which is almost exactly its ration strength.

The account of the raid given by Kress is laconic. He writes”

"In March 1916 we heard for the first time that the English were making a railway from Qantara in the direction of Qatiya. A fighting reconnaissance, which I carried out in April with two battalions, an Arab camel regiment and one and a half batteries, against Qatiya and Dueidar, led to the capture of an English cavalry regiment and half a company of engineers, and confirmed the accuracy of the reports."


Previous: The Affair of Qatiya

Next: Sir A. Murray's Appreciation


Further Reading:

el Qatiya, Sinai, 23 April 1916

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920


Citation: el Qatiya, Sinai, 23 April 1916, Falls Account, The Composition of the Turkish Force at Qatiya

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 13 September 2009 10:45 PM EADT
Australian Light Horse, Tactical Training of the AIF at Zeitoun, Outposts
Topic: AIF - Lighthorse

Australian Light Horse

Tactical Training of the AIF at Zeitoun



The following entries dealing with the emerging tactics taught to officers and NCO's at the Imperial School of Instruction, Zeitoun and are extracted from a very informative handbook called Lectures by Commandant, School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 1916. At one time or another, all officers and NCO's within the Light Horse were inculcated with the tenets expounded by the lectures.



General Principles:

1. Every body of troops when halted will be protected by Outposts.

2. The duty of Outposts is to give warning of any threatened attack, and in the event of attack to gain time, at any sacrifice, for the Commander of the force protected, to put his plan of action into execution.

A force can only be regarded as secure from surprise when every body of the enemy within striking distance, is so closely watched, that it can make no movement, without its immediately becoming known to the Outposts.

The first duty therefore of Outposts, is observation of the enemy, the second duty resistance.

3. Observation of the enemy will consist of
a) Keeping such a close watch on all bodies of the enemy within reach of the Outposts, that no movement can be made unobserved.

b) Watching all approaches along which an enemy might advance.

c) Examining all neighbouring localities in which his patrols might be concealed, or which he might occupy preparatory to an attack.

Resistance, will consist of delaying the enemy on a prepared defensive line, called the Outpost Line of Resistance, until further orders are received from the Commander of the protected force.

4. Machine Guns with Outposts, may be employed to sweep approaches, and to cover ground which an enemy in advancing may be compelled to pass or to occupy.

5. The Outposts will stand to arms one hour before dawn and remain under arms until the patrols, which should be sent out at that time, report that there is no sign of an immediate attack. When the Outposts are relieved in the morning, the relief should reach the Outposts half an hour before it begins to get light. The troops relieved will not return to Camp, until the patrols report all clear.

An Outpost Commander should be informed as to:

1: What is known of the enemy and of other bodies of our own troops.

2. Intentions of the commander who appoints him, if the enemy attack.

3. Where the force to be covered will halt.

4. The general position to be occupied by the Outpost troops under his command and, if there are other troops on his flanks, the limits of the line for which he is responsible.

5. Detail of the troops allotted to him.

6. Hour at which they will be relieved.

7. Where reports are to be sent.

The Outpost Commander issues orders on the above, and also as to any special arrangements required. Smoking Lighting of Fires, etc., and cooking.
Informs Outpost Coy. Cmdrs. where his position will be.

Duties of a Commander of an Outpost Company:-

(a) Move his command to the ground covered by scouts.

(b) Halt under cover, holding a line in advance of the position for the piquets.

(c) Examine the ground, decide on the number and position of the piquets, and the position of the support. Choose the position primarily with a view to defence. The defensive line, corresponding if possible with the piquet line, should support and be supported by adjoining companies.

(d) Move troops into position, withdraw covering troops and send out patrols (from the supports if necessary).

(e) Give instructions to Commanders of Piquets and Detached Posts regarding action in case of Attack.

(f) Communicate with the companies on his flanks, and ascertain their dispositions.

Duties of a Commander of a Piquet:

a) Read orders to piquet, explain direction of enemy, position of support and of other piquets, and action in case of attack.

b) Tell off piquet and post sentry groups.

c) Satisfy Himself that Group Commanders know what is to be clone with persons found entering or leaving outpost line.

d) Strengthen post as far as possible, make sanitary arrangements.

e) Take ranges of important objects and lay out line of fire.

f) If the sentries are relieved from the piquet, carry out the reliefs so that the enemy cannot ascertain the position of the outpost. Arrange the piquet according to Plan.

Not allow men to take off accoutrements by night. Men should lie towards the front to avoid confusion.

A Sentry must clearly understand:

1. The direction of the enemy.

2. The extent of ground and any special points he is to watch.

3. The situation of the sentries on his right and left.

4. The situation of his piquet and the best way to reach it.

5. The situation of any detached posts in the vicinity.

6. How he is to deal with persons approaching his post.

7. The names of rivers, villages, &c., in his view, and the places to which roads and railways lead.

Groups. - Six men and N.C.O.

Reconnoitring Patrols. - Two to 8 men & N.C.O.

Standing Patrols. - About three and three men and a N.C.O.

Visiting Patrols. - Two men and a N.C.O.

The duties of Outposts are:

1. To provide protection against surprise.

2. In case of attack to gain time for the Commander of the force to put his plan of action into execution.

The Advanced Guard during the day, will invariably find the Outpost line for that night.

Thus the Battn. or Brigade finding the Advanced Guard complete a tour of duty of 24 hours.

Troops will probably finish their days march, just before dark. The Advanced Guard is leading so they are already on the spot, and should be able, to at once form some knowledge of the ground with a view to putting out Outposts in the most suitable positions.

It is a very difficult to put out Outposts in strange country after dark. If a fresh Battn. or Bde. were marched up from the main body to form the Outpost Line, a great deal of valuable time would be lost, and confusion would certainly ensue in the dark, between the fresh troops marching up and the Advanced Guard troops already in front.

All troops require rest, therefore as few as possible should be employed on the Outpost line.

Strength of Outposts not less than 1/8 or more than a 1/4 of the total force should be employed, as a general rule, but circumstances alter cases. It is therefore impossible to lay down any fixed strength.

The Commander of the Force will inform O.C. Outposts roughly where lie proposes the main body to bivouac, camp or billet, O.C. Outposts will make his arrangements according and chose his line of Resistance, which is almost invariably the Line of the PIQUETS.

Now the Advanced Guard was formed by one Battn, this Advanced Guard is now formed into Outposts.

The O.C. Outposts first has a look round the country and decides exactly on his line and how many Companies are required to afford sufficient protection.
We will say three are required leaving one Coy. as Reserve.

O.C. Outposts now divides up his line into three sectors, and carefully allots one portion to each of the three companies.

They are numbered from the right of the Outpost line, No 1 Outpost Coy, No 2 etc. Each Outpost Company finds its own groups, piquets and supports.
O.C. Outpost Coys, now look over the section of country allotted to them, and decide where to place their groups, piquets, supports &c., they must arrange with the Coys. on their flanks that the groups and piquets are roughly on two general lines throughout the whole of the Outpost lays, supports being placed where they can most quickly, and effectually reinforce the firing line.

Each Coy. Cmdr. having decided what line his component parts of Outpost Coy. are to take up, moves off his Coy, under cover of a line of scouts. These scouts remain out, until the several parts of the Outpost Coy. are in position, they can then be withdrawn.

Position of Groups, and composition.

Each Group consists of six men under a N.C.O., finding two sentries, sentries should not be relieved together, but at alternate hours, as it takes some time for a man woken up from sleep to get accustomed to the darkness. Bayonets will be fixed) unless orders to the contrary are given.

Groups will dig themselves in. Should they be ordered in case of attack to hold on and not retire, on to the Piquet line, they must also protect themselves by a parapet to their rear.

One sentry will invariably be standing so close to the men of the group that he can rouse them up with his foot, without taking his eyes off any special bit of country, which he may be watching. If required for observing purposes the other sentry may be placed ten or twelve yards away, the sentries must be able to communicate with one another in low tones.


If single men or parties of men approach his post, the sentry rouses the group commander, who in turn wakes up as many men of the group as he considers necessary.

The sentry allows the man or party to approach within about ten yards; he then in a low distinct voice says "Halt" and covers them with his rifle (if he does not halt shoot), he then says "Hands up", one of the group other than the sentry advances up to the man or party, keeping his rifle at the ready, and finds out by conversation, what the party are, if they are friends they are passed on, if enemies made prisoners, if inhabitants, they are sent to the nearest Examining Post. If they bear a flag of truce, one of the party will be blindfolded, and brought in, the remainder sent away.

Meanwhile the other sentry is keeping a specially smart look out, as it is a very old trick, to engage a group in conversation, and then rush it with concealed troops.

If a large force say of 50 men are known to be approaching the group, a verbal message will at once be sent to O.C. Piquet, the group will open fire, and then if they have orders to do so, will retire on their piquet without masking its fire, every group should have a line of retirement specially marked out for it, with stones sticks or some means which will show up in the dark.


Each line of approach for the enemy which enters the Outpost Line, must be guarded by a piquet with its group about 400 yds. in front.

The Piquets are placed on the line of Resistance the word piquet should suggest Fighting to the mind.

Each Piquet is found by one platoon, and is numbered from right to left throughout the Outpost Coy.

In order to carry out its object efficiently, the piquet is placed on a road or track, or any place where the enemy are likely to make for, to obtain access to the position.

To guard a road at night, the troops are actually placed across it and the road should be blocked. Men on each side of the road dig in, and place obstacles to their front and immediate flanks.

One sentry is placed over arms, about the centre of the piquet, Cmdr. of the piquet is in rear of him, on each side the sentry are spare men, on the right flank, are the three reconnoitring patrols, consisting of three men each and a N.C.O, on the left of the piquet are the three visiting patrols, of N.C.O. and 2 men. If a piquet is always arranged as above, every man will know his place in the dark, there will be no confusion, neither except in case of attack, will the spare men he disturbed.

Supports will be placed in rear of the Piquets and in some position where they can easily move up and support the Piquet line if required to do so.

They should dig in at the place, to which they will move in case of attack, having done this they then retire to the position chosen for them for the night.

At night it is essential that the line of advance from resting place to their position in the Piquet line should be clearly defined.

Reserves will be placed in rear of the Supports, in such a position that they can easily move up to any portion of the Line of Resistance which they may be required to reinforce. The Commander of the Outposts or his representative will be with the Reserve.

Visiting Patrols are now not mentioned in the Inf. Training, but their use is as follows, to go out right and left to visit the piquets on their flanks and also the neighbouring groups in order to find out their exact positions, and report to their own piquet commander, where the next piquets and groups will be found, this is very essential, in order that they may be no overlapping of companies, and also that groups and piquets may be able to hike up two general lines.

Visiting Patrols are also to visit their own groups at intervals during the night to ascertain that the sentries are awake and alert.

Reconnoitring Patrols.

The groups of an Outpost line are only for protection, they cannot find out information regarding the enemy, therefore reconnoitring patrols are used. Their business is to obtain information about the enemy, his strength and movements. Their duty is to observe, but never to fight. They should be sent out with a definite object, perhaps to go and observe a certain village where there might be advanced posts of the enemies cavalry, to reconnoitre a bridge &c. The time they would roughly require to observe a certain locality should be estimated, and they should then be sent out and told to return at a certain time, if they are very much overdue in their return, a second patrol should be sent out. Reconnoitring Patrols may also be employed to go out in front of the Outpost Line to remain out and listen.

The party should not move together, but as a general rule one man in front followed by N.C.O. and 1 man, with remaining man in rear.

N.C.O.'s should be specially selected for the duty, and above all should have a good knowledge of map reading.

Reconnoitring Patrols may be sent out from each piquet, or they may be detailed direct from Coy. Headquarters.

Any information obtained will at once be brought back verbally by one of the men with the patrol, be will not go out again.

It is not advisable that the patrol should return by the same route as they went out, they may have been seen and possibly an ambush arranged for them on their return journey.

Standing Patrols are sent out to watch some special locality, ford bridge &c., or any spot, where the enemy are likely to mass for attack. It's placed near any road a cyclist orderly should be attached to the post, in order that any information obtained may be brought back as quickly as possibly. This patrol may consist of a N.C.O. and three or four men, they must be specially careful to keep unobserved, otherwise their duty cannot be carried out.

Detached Post.

There is always a chance of this post being cut Off, it should therefore never be used, except in cases of necessity, there are occasions and places when it is necessary as for instance.

a) At a place on the front or rear of the extreme flank of a force, especially if it is at a place where the flank could easily be turned.

b) When it is desirable to watch either some position which the enemy is likely to seize for the purpose of observation, or some position in front of the outpost line, where lie might gather for attack.

Numbers employed usually from six to twelve men with N.C.O. or Officer.

In the event of the Post having to fall back the Outpost line should at once be warned.

Flags of Truce.

On the approach of a flag of truce, one sentry or more if at hand should advance and halt the bearer and his party at a distance from the post. The sentry will detain them until instructions are obtained from the Commander of the Outpost Coy. If instructions are given to allow the bearer to pass, he must be blindfolded, and taken under an escort to the Commander of the Outposts.

Except with the permission of the Cmdr. no conversation is to be held with the bearer of the flag of truce or his party. If only a letter or a parcel is brought, a receipt must be given for it, and it must be forwarded at once to the Cmdr. of the Outposts. The bearer of the Flag must then at once return.

Examining Guard.

In cases where any persons are to be permitted to pass the line of sentries, they will generally be restricted to certain roads, chosen by the Officer Commanding the Outposts, and at convenient points selected by him, here examining Guards will be posted.

The strength of an Examining Guard will depend upon circumstances. The amount of work which is expected to fall upon it will be the point to be considered. The persons who are allowed to pass the post, will require to be escorted to the rear, and there must be men available for this duty. The commander of the examining guard will be an officer or selected N.C.O., and should if possible be able to speak the language of the country.

Deserters, flags of truce, or inhabitants permitted to pass the line will be blindfolded.
Notes on Outposts.

1. Reliefs for Outposts will arrive one hour before dawn.

2. At (lawn, which is a likely hour for attack, there is thus a double strength of outpost.

3. As soon as it is clear that no attack is forth corning the old outposts march off.

4. If the force which outposts cover is advancing, it will pass through them. They then re-form and march at the rear of the main body.

5. If the main force is retiring, the position of the outposts will be taken over by the rearguard. The outposts will fall in and march at the head of the main body.

6. The less firing there is in outposts lines the better their duty is accomplished.

7. By night outposts have fixed bayonets.

8. No fires are allowed, except by permission of O.C. Outposts. No smoking by night is allowed. No smoking by day except by supports and piquets at discretion of O.C. Outposts.

9. At night it is usually sufficient to guard roads and paths.

10. If there is a bridge or defile within easy distance of the outpost line, and by which enemy must approach it is usual to place a patrol there, which is called a Standing Patrol.

11. The use of detached posts, whose Object has already been explained, should be firmly avoided.

12. Outpost duty is exacting, and should be performed by as few men as possible.

13. It is far better to hold on too long, if attacked, than not to give the main body time to get ready.

14. The conscientious performance of outpost duties is necessary in order to avoid disasters.

By day single sentries are sufficient. All parts of the Outpost Line should be well hidden, if necessary the piquet may be brought back in rear of their night position in order to place them well under cover from view.

Observation posts should be chosen where a good view of all ground to the immediate front may be obtained, any Officer or N.C.O. in charge of this post, should be provided with a telescope, and should occupy himself in continually sweeping with his glass all ground within view.

By day, the infantry standing patrols will probably be replaced either by cyclists, or cavalry.


Previous: Flank Guard

Next: Artillery Formation


Further Reading:

Australian Light Horse

Militia 1899 - 1920


Citation: Australian Light Horse, Tactical Training of the AIF at Zeitoun, Outposts

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 21 October 2009 8:23 PM EADT
Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, Turkish Order of Battle
Topic: BatzS - Romani


Battle of Romani

Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916

Turkish Order of Battle

The following Order of Battle for the 1st Expeditionary force was constructed by Jeff Leser.


1 nci Kuvvei Seferiye (1st Expeditionary Force)

As at 12 July 1916

3rd Infantry Division
31st Infantry Regiment

32nd Infantry Regiment
39th Infantry Regiment


3rd Mountain Artillery Battalion
1st Battery (four 7.5cm mountain guns)
2nd Battery (four 7.5cm mountain guns)

3rd Battery (four 7.5cm mountain guns)
4th Battery (four 7.5cm mountain guns)


3rd (Divisional) Camel Company
3rd (Divisional) Engineer Company

3rd (Divisional) Medical Company



150mm Howitzer Battery

Gebirgshaubitzdivision v. Marno (Austrian)
1st Battery (six 10cm Mountain Howitzers)
2nd Battery (six 10cm Mountain Howitzers)

1st Heavy Mortar Battery (210mm mortars)(German)

2nd Heavy Mortar Battery (210mm mortars)(German)

1st Light Infantry Mortar Detachment (170mm mortars)(German)

2nd Light Infantry Mortar Detachment (170mm mortars)(German) These should be Batterie 350, 351 and 352

Two Anti-aircraft Platoons (2 AA guns each)(German)(possibly Batterie 133 and Batterie 136)

2/60 Fuss Artillerie Battalion (2 100mm Guns)(German)


Machine Guns

32nd MG Company (six MGs)

Maschinegewehr Bataillon 601/01 (German)
MG Abteilung 601 (six MGs)
MG Abteilung 602 (six MGs)
MG Abteilung 603 (six MGs)
MG Abteilung 604 (six MGs)
MG Abteilung 605 (six MGs)
MG Abteilung 606 (six MGs)

MG Abteilung 607 (six MGs)

MG Abteilung 608 (six MGs)
Two MGs in reserve.


Air Force

300 Flieger Abteilung (German)


1st Mobile Hospital
2nd Mobile Hospital
3rd Mobile Hospital 

4th Mobile Hospital
5th Mobile Hospital 

6th Mobile Hospital

Hospital Transportation Column (mule-litter)
212 Field Hospital (German)
213 Field Hospital (German)


1/3 Field Bakery
2/3 Field Bakery

3/3 Field Bakery
1st Provisions Column
2nd Provisions Column
3rd Provisions Column
4th Provisions Column
5th Provisions Column
6th Provisions Column


Army Assets

2/81st Infantry Battalion
1/1st Engineer Company
4/2nd Engineer Company
1/5th Engineer Company
Sapper (Miner) Detachment
Telegraph Detachment
Light Radio Detachment
Signal Detachment (Telephone)
Well-drilling Detachment

Operating as a screen for the force:

Bîrülmezar Bedouin Camel Company

Raider Camel Regiment


Herman Cron, Imperial German Army 1914-18,  2002, Translation of Geschichte des Deutsches Heeres im Weltkrieg 1914-1918, 1937, p. 61.

Boden, “Jildirim” Deutsches Streifer auf heiligem, 1925.

Peter Jung, Der k.u.k. Wüstenkrieg. Österreich-Ungarn im Vord, 1992.

Peter Jung, 'Die Militärischen Formation in der Türkei und Mittleren Osten’ in Die KuK Streifkräfte im Ersten Weltkrieg 1914-1918, 1995.

Edward Erickson, Ordered to Die, 2001, p. 155

Der Weltkrieg 1914-1918, Vol. 12, p. 610.

Birinci Cihan Harbinde Türk Harbi 1916 Yili Hareketlieri III nci cilt General Fahri Belen, pp. 211-216.

Birinci Dünya Harbinde Türk Harbi IV ncü Cilt I nci Kisim Sina-Filistin Cephesi, pp. 364-365, and kurulus 6


Acknowledgement: Many thanks to Jeff Leser who provided the material that appears in this item.


Further Reading:

Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916

Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920


Citation: Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, Turkish Order of Battle

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 1 November 2009 12:16 PM EAST

Newer | Latest | Older

Full Site Index

powered by FreeFind
Let us hear your story: You can tell your story, make a comment or ask for help on our forum.

Desert Column Forum

A note on copyright

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre is a not for profit and non profit group whose sole aim is to write the early history of the Australian Light Horse from 1900 - 1920. It is privately funded and the information is provided by the individuals within the group and while permission for the use of the material has been given for this site for these items by various donors, the residual and actual copyright for these items, should there be any, resides exclusively with the donors. The information on this site is freely available for private research use only and if used as such, should be appropriately acknowledged. To assist in this process, each item has a citation attached at the bottom for referencing purposes.

Please Note: No express or implied permission is given for commercial use of the information contained within this site.

A note to copyright holders

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre has made every endeavour to contact copyright holders of material digitised for this blog and website and where appropriate, permission is still being sought for these items. Where replies were not received, or where the copyright owner has not been able to be traced, or where the permission is still being sought, the Australian Light Horse Studies Centre has decided, in good faith, to proceed with digitisation and publication. Australian Light Horse Studies Centre would be happy to hear from copyright owners at any time to discuss usage of this item.


Australian Light Horse Studies Centre

eXTReMe Tracker