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The Soldiers of Muhammad bin Mansur
besides our own crew, we had to take 10 soldiers from Hofuf with us, which meant we needed
an extra Autocar truck to haul them. Salihs eyes got wide when he saw the contingent
arrive. He said, "The field parties have never seen soldiers like these before. These
are soldiers of war."
Their Emir was one Muhammad bin
Mansur, chief tax collector for Bin Jiluwi, sent by special designation of the King
himself. Of his nine soldiers, all tough-looking customers, four were also Emirs
occasionally sent out from Hofuf in charge of their own detachments. They had on their
Sunday clothes and in addition to knives and cartridge belts, (practically standard dress
for a desert Arab) most of them wore bandoleers and carried Mauser pistols.