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The movie "Lighthorsemen" and certain sections

From: Melissa
Date: 3/5/2002
Time: 2:02:20 PM
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Well after that charming addition to this board... I have just watched the movie and have read through some past posts on this board and I was just querying a few things. I have chosen to do an oral on the Battle of Beersheba concerning the Lighthorse and I was wondering how accurate the movie is? Not about the love story or anything, but concerning whether the Lighthorse charge was as important and impossible as portrayed in the movie. My mother nursed a lighthorsemen in a Sydney nursing home and he said (but taking into account his dementia) that it was quite a feat (not using his words exactly). I get a bit influenced by Aussie movies I feel, however the pride and passion and respect this movie mustered up inside me, well I would feel a bit silly if it was based on a farce. Was this charge a legendary feat? Reading through previous posts, I read that it should be taken into account that the LH wasnt the only attack that day and that it was only a small portion of what happened that day. I dont understand. For most of my life I have had a vision of how brave and courageous Aussie soldiers are, including the LH. Is it true or not? Could the British cavalry have done it as well as us? Or did we have the guts? Or did we just want to have a go, rather than being in reserves for the rest of the war?

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