Topic: AIF - DMC - Anzac MD
Anzac MD, AIF
Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division
This topic gives details as to the formation and operation of the Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division, initially shortened to the A & NZ MD but later known as the Anzac MD. It was formed in February 1916 specifically to defend the Suez Canal from attack from the Ottoman troops.
To view an outline of its history regarding this formation, its emergence and composition, this is detailed in the section on the Australian Light Horse Order of Battle. The full Order of Battle can be viewed at the following link:
The individual formations that comprised the Anzac MD were many. Put together at any one time and there was about 7,000 mounted men in the Division. Below is a guide to the individual units.
Reports February 1918
The War Diary of this Corps isavailable on the Australian War Memorial Website at this address:
Jifjafa Raid, 10-14 April 1916
el Qatiya, 23 April 1916
Romani, 4-5 August 1916
Bir el Abd, 9 August 1916
Bir el Mazar, 17 September 1916
Magdahba, 23 December 1916
Rafa, 9 January 1917
1916Bir el Abd, Sinai, August 9, 1916.
El Mazar, Sinai, September 17, 1916.
El Arish, Sinai, December 20, 1916.
Magdhaba, Sinai, December 23, 1916.
1917Rafa, Sinai, January 9, 1917.
First Gaza, Palestine, March 26 to 27, 1917.
Second Gaza, Palestine, April 19, 1917.Tel es Sheria, Palestine, November 7, 1917.Huj, Palestine, November 8, 1917.
1918First Amman, Palestine, March 27 to 30, 1918.
Es Salt, Palestine, April 30 to May 3, 1918.
Abu Tellul, Palestine, July 14, 1918.
Megiddo, Palestine, September 19 to 21, 1918.
Second Amman, Palestine, September 25, 1918.
One of the best sources of information available for understanding the immediate challenges facing a regiment is to be found in the Routine Orders. They are a wealth of detail. The Routine Orders provide an unvarnished history of the Regiment.
Reconnaissance to Muksheib by Captain Wearne, 8th Light Horse Regiment
Special Orders to establish a Signals Station
Reconnaissance to Bir el Abd
Other orders and reports
Roll of Honour
Lest We Forget
Further Reading:Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920
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