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Beersheba: A Journey Through Australia's Forgotten War

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It was a glorious triumph of arms for Australian forces, a romantic moment of dash and bravura that stood out in the tragedy of World War I. Yet it barely registers in Australia's national consciousness.In October 1917 members of the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade took part in what is now known as the 'last great cavalry charge'. Waving bayonets overhead, they charged ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Victory Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Melkor  von Moltke
In his book on the charge at Beersheba Mr. Daley has crafted a superb account of the Great War in the Levant, the Australian role in the campaign, the massacre at Surafend, and the enduring legacy of Beersheba in Australian and Israeli history. Mr. Daley has made an admirable effort to not just describe the battle but its place in the larger campaign and subsequent century, digging through archives, interviewing surviving family members, and speaking with scholars and enthusiasts.

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Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fascinating history and a journalist's personal journey to uncover it make great reading. I appreciated the way he gave air-time to various points-of-view on the events. How fortunate that he wrote it while there were still some living participants he could talk to! Without trying to do so, it gives an insight into the Australian character - the good, bad and ugly sides. A pleasure to read and thought-provoking. ...more
Patrick Harrison
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
One star deducted for not interrogating the present-day politics of Israel-Palestine and Australia's relationship to it, but regurgitating key points of the conventional narrative.

Otherwise, this is an amazing book about an episode of Australia's history that should not be forgotten.
Lester Nathan
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable. Daley blends history with his own adventures in Israel and the West Bank to tell a more complete picture of the ANZAC liberation of Beersheeba in 1917.
I'm glad I got to read this book.
Kerry Hennigan
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knowing the movie 'The Light Horseman' and its famous predecessor - the vintage 'Forty Thousand Horsemen', plus visits to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, had me thinking I knew pretty much all about the battle for Beersheba.

Not so, as Paul Daley's retelling reveals much that was not covered in the movie media or explored in the AWM exhibits.

The background of the Australian Light Horse, their previous engagements, potted histories of their leaders as well as 'average' troopers give us gr
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a genealogist or family historian you will want to read this book. Beersheba traces the soldiers who fought in WW1 from Ausralia and NewZealand India and England. General Allenby is well known in history as the first into Damascus. A must read is the investigative accounts given by Paul Daley as he interviews soldiers still living and the family of fallen soldiers. Paul Davey is a writer who writes the truth as it happened during the Great War while taking you on an adventure into the ...more
Shaun Major
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
It is an amazing tale, & Daly intersperses handsomely small snippets of tales from the Lighthorsemen themselves. For a journalist, though, it is far wordier than it should have been resulting in a less enjoyable read than the tale deserved. Twice the necessary length unfortunately!
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Author and journalist Paul Daley's books—Canberra, Collingwood: A Love Story, Beersheeba and Armaggedon—have been finalists in major literary awards, including the Nib, the Manning Clark House Cultural Awards and the Prime Minister's History Prize. He is the winner of the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism and the Paul Lyneham Award for Press Gallery journalism. In 2013 he co-wrote, with K ...more

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