The Battle of Beersheba took place on 31 October 1917 during the third Battle of Gaza in Palestine. It was a defining moment that demonstrated the success of Manoeuvre Warfare in the region, and the power of mounted troops to rapidly redefine the outcome of a battle.

It was the first time the Australian Light Horse was used as cavalry, which saw the famous charge of the 4 Australian Light Horse in the afternoon. The capture of Beersheba (also Be’er Sheva, now a city in Israel) secured crucial water wells and turned the fortunes of Allied efforts against the Ottoman and German Empires, which also marked the beginning of the end of the war in the Middle East.

Please read the book by clicking on the link: Battle of Beersheba

Neera Sahni, Research Services Leader, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2019