The 28th Indian Frontier Brigade 1915


They called it the 'Sausage'.  In late July the 1st Battalion returned to the trenches where they experienced, for the first time, a new German weapon.  Fired from a mine thrower, a slight plop was all that was heard before the Sausage could actually be seen turning over in the air to land with an shattering explosion, demolishing all near it. Because its trajectory was so high and its velocity so slow it could be seen and troops had time to run down the trench away from the expected point of impact.  In fact the whole month was spent in and out of the trenches with a short break mid-month. 

At the beginning the trench strength of the  Battalion was little more than 200 and the whole battalion was needed to man the front line and there was no internal relief. This was when they were in Sanctuary Wood, near Hooge Village. The weather was hot, and because this was in a salient, they were shelled from the front and from the rear.  Underground mines added to the discomfort, as did a New Army battalion that tried to open fire on them from behind, in the communications trenches.


Commanding in the Desert: Colonel the Lord Denbigh in 1917
 
In Egypt A Battery remained in Kantara but B Battery was more active.  Turkish forces, based at Sanaa in the Yemen,  had attacked Aden at the end of June and had occupied Sheik Othman, just the other side of a treacherous salt marsh protecting Aden port itself.

The 28th Indian Frontier Force Brigade, in Suez, was rushed to Aden in response and B battery joined them, leaving Suez on 14th July and enduring a nightmare journey of 5 days during which the horses had to be continuously hosed down in the still, heavy heat. Arriving in Aden on 19th July the battery was in reserve that night, as the new force, commanded by Major General Younghusband of Tibet fame, attacked the entrenched Turks and drove them into the desert. B Battery moved into Sheik Othman.