THE END OF THE DERVISH PERIOD AND SUBSEQUENT SEARCH FOR AN ALTERNAT M POLICY, 1919-1925. Following his brief visit to the Protectorate, Hoskins prepared a memorandum assessing the gravity of the Dervish problem and recommending methods for dealing a death blow to the movement. The Sayyid was believed to be residing in the Taleh fort with the main Dervish force. The other forts believed to be held in consider- able strength were those of Jiladi, Wardair and Galadi. Hoskins advocated two alternative lines of action. The first, based on the assumption that the Dervish movement was inýa very weakened position, involved reinforcing the troops, then at the disposal of the Protectorates with one battalion of the K. A. R. and then making a raid on the Taleh fort. Hoskins observed, however, that whereas*it was possible to scatter and disperse the Der- vishes from that fort, he could not guarantee that an operation of this scale would lead to a total collapse of the Dervish movement. The Sayyid and his followers might vacate the fort and make for the Ogaden or some other remote part of the country. The alternative scheme envisaged the , despatch of a big and well organised expedi- tionary, force to destroy the Dervish movement once and for all. If the latter plan was preferred2 Britain would have to provide at least 3 squadronss R. A. F.; 3 battalions,
1. C. O. 535/54 Gen. Hoskins to W. O. 23/11/1918.