Mounted Division Ordered To Assist Attack On Gaza
About 13:30 the Imperial Mounted Division was established north of the Gaza to Beersheba road near Kh er Reseim with the 5th Mounted Yeomanry Brigade on their right. The Yeomanry reported Ottoman patrols visible from Huj to Tel el Sheria, 150 Ottoman soldiers holding the ridge along the 400 contour, a column of smoke towards Abu Hareira and dust moving south from Tel el Sheria. Aerial reconnaissance of the battlefield reported progress of the attack to divisional headquarters and monitored the Ottoman Army reinforcements from Mejdel, Huj, Tel el Sheria, and Beersheba as they approached Gaza; providing strengths and dispositions of the columns.
Three minutes later, Chetwode ordered both mounted divisions to supply one brigade each to reconnoitre towards Gaza to assist the infantry attack. Still planes reported no signs of Ottoman reinforcements moving towards Gaza from any direction. Nor were there any reports half an hour later when, at 14:00 Lieutenant General Chetwode placed Chauvel in command of both mounted divisions for the remainder of the operations, and ordered the whole of the Anzac Mounted Division to attack Gaza from the north. At this time the Imperial Mounted Division and Imperial Camel Corps Brigade supported by Nos 11 and 12 LAM Batteries and No. 7 Light Car Patrol were ordered to take over the outpost line and all observation posts.
At 14:20 Hodgson had issued orders for the move northwards of the Imperial Mounted Division to take over the outposts of the Anzac Mounted Division. He intended for the 6th Mounted Yeomanry Brigade to take a position east of Beit Durdis and for the 5th Mounted Yeomanry Brigade currently astride the Gaza to Beersheba road to fill the gap between it and the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade which had orders to move to Kh er Reseim. This relief was not completed until after 18:30 when the 5th Mounted Yeomanry Brigade moved 2 miles (3.2 km) north.
Among the orders Hodgson issued at 14:20 regarding the Imperial Mounted Division take over from the Anzac Mounted Division the movements of the 6th Mounted Yeomanry Brigade and the 5th Mounted Yeomanry Brigade to fill the gap was not completed until after 18:30. When Hodgson discovered that he had lost touch with the 5th Mounted Yeomanry Brigade since the move of his divisional headquarters, he asked Chauvel for the 10th Light Horse Regiment to fill the gap between the left of the 6th Mounted Yeomanry Brigade and the Imperial Camel Brigade at Kh er Reseim. In the growing darkness the regiment succeeded in reaching its position.
While the relief of the Anzac Mounted Division by the Imperial Mounted Division was being carried out, an advance by units of the Ottoman Army from Jemamah became apparent.
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