Battle of Beersheba Centenary in Beersheba, Israel
Beersheba, Israel. 30th October, 2017. Members of the Australian Light Horse Association, many of them descendants of ANZAC soldiers who fought in World War I, arrive at the outskirts of Beersheba following a three day ride in the desert reenacting their forefathers' onslaught of Beersheba on 31st October 1917 in World War One. Centenary commemorations mark the liberation of Beersheba in which General Allenby's troops breached the line of Ottoman defenses between Gaza and Beersheba. 800 soldiers of the Australian 4th and 12th Regiments of the 4th Light Horse Brigade under Brigadier General William Grant, with only horses and bayonets, charged the Turkish trenches, overran them and captured the wells of Beersheba in what has become known as the last successful cavalry charge in British military history.