100th anniversary of the battle of Beersheba

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Beersheba, which took place on 31 October 1917. The final phase of the battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. The attack on the strategically important town of Beersheba had been launched at dawn, but by late afternoon British forces had made little headway. At dusk, the Australian horsemen of the 4th Light Horse Brigade charged, using their bayonets as swords, breaking through the Turkish defences and seizing the town. The capture of Beersheba enabled British forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza and advance into Palestine. The Turkish defenders suffered many casualties, and between 700 and 1,000 were captured. Thirty-one light horsemen were killed in the charge and 36 were wounded. At least 70 horses died.

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Further reading

Painting of the Beersheba charge

The Charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba, 1917 George Lambert. ART02811

Light Horsemen advance on Beersheba

Light Horsemen advance on Beersheba. J06574

Beersheba Situation Map

Beersheba Situation Map (pre-charge)