"At a mile distant their thousand hooves were stuttering thunder, coming at a rate that frightened a man - they were an awe inspiring sight, galloping through the red haze - knee to knee and horse to horse - the dying sun glinting on bayonet points..." Trooper Ion Idriess
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Australian Movie Productions, Film Clips, Beyond Beersheba: Anzacs in the Holy Land Topic: AAC-Film Clips
Australian Movie Productions
Beyond Beersheba: Anzacs in the Holy Land
Anzac Connection has placed a documentary on Youtube creating a visual history of the Light Horse as they moved from Beersheba towards the conclusion of the war in Palestine in October 1918. The movie is presented and narrated by Gary 'Tex' Houston. It is a 90 minute film divided into 16 parts to allow easy viewing.
The Battle of Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917, Contents Topic: BatzP - Beersheba
The Battle of Beersheba
Palestine, 31 October 1917
The taking of the wells at Beersheba on 31 October 1917 formed the single most thrilling image from the Great War. The Charge of the Light Horse is the lingering memory. Many legends have arisen about the Charge which have become embedded within the national story and now seem to have replaced the facts, both officially and unofficially. These legends are addressed. The Battle of Beersheba was not only the famous charge but many other actions all of which culminated in the victory.
The Third Battle of Gaza, Palestine, Z Day, 31 October 1917, Maps Topic: BatzP - 3rd Gaza
The Third Battle of Gaza
Palestine, Z Day, 31 October 1917
The Third Battle of Gaza, Palestine, Z Day, 31 October 1917, Map detailing the location of Allied Forces in the Morning.
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The Third Battle of Gaza, Palestine, Z Day, 31 October 1917, Colour Map detailing the location of Allied Forces at 6 pm.
The Third Battle of Gaza, Palestine, Z Day, 31 October 1917, Map detailing the location of Allied Forces at 6 pm.
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The use of the term "Z"
Z = Zero.
Z was the traditional letter allocation to the time when an offensive was due to be launched. It has later been supplanted with "D" Day and "H" Hour with the most famous D-Day being 6 June 1944 commencing with the assault by the Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy. However, in 1917, the term used was "Z" to indicate the precise time and day.
The origin of the map series.
During and after the end of the Third Battle of Gaza, the Egyptian Expeditionary Force Headquarters staff produced a series of maps that detailed the daily disposition of forces, firstly Allied and then Allied and Turkish, during the entire conflict. The maps were never published. For the reader of these events, when seen in conjunction with the various War Diary entries, one is able to understand the scale of the operation and thus the immense amount of planning and training that went into achieving its goals.
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