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Beersheba: A Journey Through Australia's Forgotten War by Paul Daley
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In a world where there are few truly inspiring heroes – this story will fill in the gaps. I originally heard about this from my grandfather, whose father was a medic with the Australian Light Horsemen, World War 1… And that lead me on a quest to learn more about the story. Yes, my journey has taken me far and wide (across the the North Island) – from the Waiouru War Musuem, to books about the training of the war horses… And the story is truly astonishing. In a war where the New Zealand and Australian battalions where thought little of, this gang of light horsemen changed history. Charging for 3 miles over open desert, the Turks thinking us too stupid to do such a thing, the Kiwis and Aussies stormed the enemy camps, paving the way to victory for the British soldiers. New Zealand is such a young country, and has few great stories to tell on an international scale – but this is one of them. Maybe the best of them… Read it and learn some history as to what it was that made this the best country in the world to live in! Read about the brave men, and brave horses, who changed the course of history. Read it, and be proud to be a kiwi!


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 horsemen 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.
Release date Australia
July 27th, 2009
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Melbourne University Press
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