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The Battle of Beersheba 100th Anniversary

Event Information

  • 24 Oct 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
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  • Cost: Free - open to the public

Join Alan Smith to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Beersheba, and the famous charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade, remembered as the last great cavalry charge in history.

The Battle of Beersheba began at dawn on 31 October 1917  but by mid afternoon it was clear that time was running out to capture the strategic town and its vital wells.

At dusk, the 4th Light Horse Brigade made charged the Turkish defenses,  using their bayonets as “swords”. The light horsemen took less than an hour to overrun the Turkish trenches and enter Beersheba, giving the Allies one of their greatest victories in the Middle Eastern theatre of the First World War.