Two weeks after meeting Lawrence in Cairo, Colonel Bremond
arrived in Wejh to see Feisal. Having been briefed by Lawrence, Feisal was able to counter Bremond’s advances, so that …
“… when Bremond came after ten days and opened his heart, or part of it, to Feisal, his tactics were returned to him with improvements …
“Bremond referred gallantly to the question of Akaba, and the real danger to the Arabs in the Turks remaining there: insisting that the British, who had the means for an expedition thither, should be pressed to undertake it. Feisal, in reply, gave him a geographical sketch of the land behind
Akaba (I recognized the less dashing part of it myself) and explained the tribal difficulties and the food problem — all the points which made it a serious obstacle. He ended by saying that, after the cloud of orders, counter-orders and confusion over the allied troops for Rabegh, he really had not the face to approach Sir Archibald Murray so soon with another request for an excursion.
“Bremond had to retire from the battle in good order.”
Events of 18 February 1917 as recounted by T. E. Lawrence in Seven
Pillars of Wisdom (1926).
Satisfied that Bremond was repulsed for a while, two days later Lawrence returned to Cairo again.