Beersheba: A Journey Through Australia's Forgotten War

Beersheba: A Journey Through Australia's Forgotten War

by Paul Daley
     
 

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In October 1917 members of the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade took part in what is now known as the 'last great cavalry charge'. Waving bayonets overhead, they charged across six kilometres of open ground, cheating bombs, shells and bullets before capturing, in a desperate hand-to-hand battle, the Turkish trenches that held the key to the strategic stronghold

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In October 1917 members of the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade took part in what is now known as the 'last great cavalry charge'. Waving bayonets overhead, they charged across six kilometres of open ground, cheating bombs, shells and bullets before capturing, in a desperate hand-to-hand battle, the Turkish trenches that held the key to the strategic stronghold of Beersheba.

The charge was the last daring act of a day-long fight by combined British forces to capture Beersheba, and also a turning point in Britain's war against the Ottoman Empire, sending the Turks fleeing north to ultimate defeat.

Yet the story has slipped through the cracks of history.

Journalist Paul Daley's journey in search of Beersheba takes him from Australia to Israel, from past to present, and from the battlefields to the archives, where he discovers a dark episode in Australian history that sits starkly at odds with the Anzac myth and legend.

For Daley, the Beersheba of then and now comes to take on new meaning.

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The Age
This is an important book, telling a complex story. . . Journalism can, on occasions, do a better job than history.
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"This is an important book, telling a complex story . . . Journalism can, on occasions, do a better job than history."  —Age

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780522857962
Publisher:
Melbourne University Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 7.83(h) x 1.42(d)

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