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The Battle of Beersheba, a redeeming win for the ANZACs who lost at Gallipoli, has slipped through the cracks of Australia's historical consciousness.
Why are Australians so much more content to commemorate a glorious defeat than we are to celebrate such a resounding, against the odds, victory? The sunset charge by 800 ANZACs mounted on horses defeated 400 Turks, captured Beersheba, and led to the liberation of Jerusalem and the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
It is the victory that paved the way for the establishment of Israel 60 years ago. And yet, the story of the victory has slipped through the cracks of history. Beersheba is not a pilgrimage site, even though the Turkish trenches are intact, shrapnel can still be found within, and the ancient Bedouin camps, through which the horseman cantered, are still there.
In an evocative narrative in the vein of Les Carlyon's masterpiece, Gallipoli, Beersheba will tell a story about a place and its players that is long overdue for acknowledgement.
About the Author
Paul Daley is a journalist with 21 years of experience. He is the recipient of the Walkley Award and the Paul Lyneham Award for excellence in press-gallery reporting.
"This is an important book, telling a complex story . . . Journalism can, on occasions, do a better job than history." --"Age"
|Composition of the imperial mounted troops||p. xi|
|Map of the Charge of Beersheba||p. xii|
|Map of the light horse battlefields||p. xii|
|Hebron Road||p. 11|
|Bushmen of the Empire||p. 22|
|Sideshow in Sinai||p. 34|
|Mystery Joe||p. 48|
|Legends of Romani||p. 52|
|Ghosts of the desert||p. 66|
|The Bull arrives||p. 88|
|Neck or nothing||p. 107|
|At rest in Israel|
|Oasis for the dead||p. 123|
|Fathers and sons||p. 143|
|Hoarding the legend||p. 174|
|Inside Jaffa Gate||p. 187|
|Desert dogs||p. 198|
|The hand of God||p. 204|
|Last drinks||p. 217|
|Waiting for rockets||p. 224|
|Cop this, dear Jacko||p. 234|
|A terrible thing|
|The massacre||p. 245|
|Allenby and the Anzacs||p. 260|
|A real bad thing||p. 273|
|Inconvenient truth||p. 280|
|Burying the past||p. 290|
|Blood money||p. 295|
|A bastard of a place||p. 305|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 339
Published: 8th September 2010
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.51