Topic: AIF - DMC - Aus MD
Australian Mounted Division
This thread gives details as to the formation and operation of the Australian Mounted Division, initially called the Imperial Mounted Division but changed in June and retained that name till the end of the war. Firstly it was shortened to the IMD but later known as the Aus MD when the confusion of capitalisation occurred with two AMD's - the Anazac Mounted Division and Australian Mounted Division. It was formed in February 1917 due to an excess of Brigades in the Anazac Mounted Division. Chauvel was given the option to remove a Brigade and he chose to retain the New Zealand brigade. The 3rd Light Horse Brigade became the senior brigade in the new division.
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.
The War Diary of this Corps isavailable on the Australian War Memorial Website at this address:
1917Tel es Sheria, Palestine, November 7, 1917.Huj, Palestine, November 8, 1917.
1918Es Salt, Palestine, April 30 to May 3, 1918.
Abu Tellul, Palestine, July 14, 1918.
Megiddo, Palestine, September 19 to 21, 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.
Roll of Honour
Lest We Forget
Citation: Australian Mounted Division, Aus MD, Contents