The mounted infantry charge by ANZACs at Beersheba on 31 October 1917 was perhaps the last great battle involving horses in history. This book reveals the events leading up to what transpired in Beersheba and London on 31 October 1917. Australian historian, Kelvin Crombie writes in an easy-to-read style that will bring these world-changing events to life. Colourful photos add depth to the stories as they unfold.
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That initial charge on 31 October 1917 was part of the Battle of Beersheba in which British, New Zealand and Australian soldiers defeated the Turkish Army. On that same day the British War Cabinet in London agreed to establish a Jewish National Home in the land of Israel - once the land had been captured from the Turks.
This book reveals the events leading up to what transpired in Beersheba and London on 31 October 1917.
Kelvin and Lexie Crombie have lived in Israel for nearly twenty-five years. Kelvin first became interested in Israel while growing up on a wheat, sheep and pig farm at Babakin near Corrigin in the central wheat belt of West Australia.
In 1986 Kelvin was asked by to become the guide at Christ Church, the Anglican church in the old city of Jerusalem, hosting thousands of people monthly, including secular Israelis studying the beginning of modern history in Jerusalem and the land of Israel. As a result of his intimate knowledge of the ANZAC role in Israel's history, Kelvin began taking small groups of people to the Negev area and especially Beersheba from 1988, acquainting people there with the famous Battle and Charge of Beersheba on 31 October 1917. Over the years he has conducted perhaps as many as one hundred of these tours. This book reveals the events leading up to what transpired in Beersheba and London on 31 October 1917.
As the historical tapestry was wonderfully displayed in the events of 31 October 1917, the tapestry in his own personal journey to Beersheba was in many ways completed through the events in Beersheba on 31 October 2007.