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Re: XX Corps & Yeomanry

From: Jeremy Stroud
Date: 3/9/2002
Time: 6:47:08 AM
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The Allied Army for the 1917 Palastine campaign was made up of:- A) The Desert Mounted Corps 1917, which was made up of: a) Australian & New Zealand Mounted Division (ANZAC) - 1st & 2nd ALH Brigades, New Zealand Mounted Brigade & 18th Brigade RHA; b) Yeomanry Division (British) - 6th, 8th, 22nd Mounted Brigades & 20th Brigade RHA; c) Australian Mounted Division - 3rd, 4th ALH Brigades & 5th Mounted Brigade (British) & 19th Brigade RHA d) Corps Reserve - 7th Mounted Brigade (British) & Imperial Camel Corps Brigade B) The XX Infantry Corps C) The XXI Infantry Corps This should help you see the ALH & XX Corps relationship.

As for the Yeomanry - it depends which one unit you refer to - generally Yeomanry were mounted units, riding horses (or camels) & armed with a gun, a few of the British units were armed with a sword too. Traditionally the Yeomanry units were made up out of old cavalry regiments, e.g. Hussars, but do not confuse a cavalry unit with a mounted unit. At Gallipoli many Yeomanry units were dismounted 1915 & stayed that way for the campaign in Egypt/Sinai/Palastine. Thus at Beersheba, there was the British 74th (dismounted Yeomanry) Division, i.e. infantry & between Beersheba and the coast the Yeomanry Division, comprising mounted yeomanry brigades, similar to the ALH Brigades. Note that the ALH numbers above refer to Brigades not Regiments. I hope that helps and doesn't simply add to the confusion. Best regards, Jeremy.

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