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


A Journey Through Australia's Forgotten War

Paperback Published: 1st January 2012
ISBN: 9780522857962
Number Of Pages: 384

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It was a glorious triumph of arms for Australian forces, a romantic moment of dash and bravura that stood out in the tragedy of World War I.

Yet it barely registers in Australia's national consciousness.

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.

About the Author

Paul Daley is a Canberra author, columnist and multi-award winning journalist. He has worked extensively overseas, including in trouble spots and conflict zones across Asia, the South Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. He is the author, most recently, of the bestselling Beersheba. He is married to political journalist Lenore Taylor. They have three children.

"This is an important book, telling a complex story. Daley constantly reminds us that conflict is endemic to the region he is writing about and he tells us of the tines he was in danger himself . . . . Journalism can, on occasions, do a better job than history." --Michael McKernan, "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. 15
Bushmen of the Empirep. 30
Sideshow in Sinaip. 46
Mystery Joep. 64
Legends of Romanip. 70
Ghosts of the desertp. 88
Badlandsp. 101
The Bull arrivesp. 116
Beershebap. 124
Neck or nothingp. 142
At rest in Israel
Oasis for the deadp. 163
Fathers and sonsp. 189
Serendipityp. 207
Cobbersp. 216
Hoarding the legendp. 231
Inside Jaffa Gatep. 249
Desert dogsp. 264
The hand of Godp. 272
Last drinksp. 290
Waiting for rocketsp. 299
Cop this, dear Jackop. 312
A terrible thing
The massacrep. 327
Allenby and the Anzacsp. 347
A real bad thingp. 365
Inconvenient truthp. 374
Burying the pastp. 387
Blood moneyp. 393
A bastard of a placep. 407
Epiloguep. 414
Acknowledgementsp. 421
Notesp. 426
Indexp. 441
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ISBN: 9780522857962
ISBN-10: 0522857965
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st January 2012
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.3  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1