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Beersheba : A Journey Through Australia's Forgotten War - Paul Daley


A Journey Through Australia's Forgotten War

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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 troopsp. xi
Map of the Charge of Beershebap. xii
Map of the light horse battlefieldsp. xii
Prologuep. 1
Towards Beersheba
Hebron Roadp. 11
Bushmen of the Empirep. 22
Sideshow in Sinaip. 34
Mystery Joep. 48
Legends of Romanip. 52
Ghosts of the desertp. 66
Badlandsp. 76
The Bull arrivesp. 88
Beershebap. 94
Neck or nothingp. 107
At rest in Israel
Oasis for the deadp. 123
Fathers and sonsp. 143
Serendipityp. 156
Cobbersp. 163
Hoarding the legendp. 174
Inside Jaffa Gatep. 187
Desert dogsp. 198
The hand of Godp. 204
Last drinksp. 217
Waiting for rocketsp. 224
Cop this, dear Jackop. 234
A terrible thing
The massacrep. 245
Allenby and the Anzacsp. 260
A real bad thingp. 273
Inconvenient truthp. 280
Burying the pastp. 290
Blood moneyp. 295
A bastard of a placep. 305
Epiloguep. 310
Acknowledgementsp. 315
Notesp. 319
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780522855999
ISBN-10: 0522855997
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 339
Published: 8th September 2010
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1