Back to the Barracks11 October 2017
AUSTRALIAN ARMY MUSEUM of WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Back to the Barracks
The Battle of Beersheba
“Centenary of the Great War year of 1917”
CAPT Wayne Gardiner OAM, RFD
Australian Army History Unit
The success of capturing the town of Beersheba (being located in Palestine in 1917 and now in Israel) was crucial to the main aim of the British Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) finally being able to capture the vital city of Gaza to the east of Beersheba which the British and Empire troops had failed to accomplish on two previous occasions earlier in 1917. The new, innovative British plan also presented a great opportunity to trap much of the Ottoman Army if total success was achieved through the Gaza-Beersheba offensives.
The Australian light horse played a significant part alongside British and other Empire forces in successfully capturing Beersheba.
The famous and epic charge of the Australian light horse at Beersheba will be covered in detail with aspects of events and operations that culminated in this memorable battle being discussed. Those operations immediately after the fall of Beersheba will also be part of the topic.
Maps of operations and battles will be used together with images of some of the main players to help those attending gain a greater understanding of this complex offensive of which Beersheba figured so prominently.
For the Gaza-Beersheba plan to be successful, Beersheba had to fall by the end of the day of 31 October 1917.
Thursday 26th October
6.30pm for 7.00pm start
Burt Street Fremantle
Cost $10, Tea & coffee provided
Please Register by
Phone – 9430 2535 or email [email protected]