22 March 1915

“I want to pull them all together, & to roll up Syria by way of the Hedjaz in the name of the Sherif. You know how big his repute is in Syria … Won’t  the French be mad if we win through? Don’t talk of it yet.”

T. E. Lawrence to David Hogarth (The Letters of T. E. Lawrence, edited by David Garnett, published by Jonathan Cape, 1938).

A series of uncensored letters Lawrence wrote to Hogarth at this time reveal the strategy he was developing for the war. This letter
of March 22 is picked out by David Garnett, the editor of his letters,  as  “probably the most remarkable document Lawrence ever wrote. It shows that he had already planned the campaign which he was to carry to a victorious conclusion three years later.”