October 1917: Fortunes on the Western Front are at a low point. Meanwhile, in the east, General Allenby has set his sights on taking Jerusalem by Christmas, but knows that the strong Ottoman defences at Gaza will have to be captured first. Two previous allied attacks on Gaza were costly failures. Allenby is determined to be smarter with the third, so tricks the Ottomans into thinking that another large attack is imminent when in fact the real target this time is Beersheba, a heavily fortified town at the eastern end of the Turkish defensive line. The attack begins on 31 October 1917.
As historians, you will use the evidence to find out what happened that day, and answer the question:
How significant was the battle of Beersheba, and why?