Last cav­alry charge gets cen­te­nary re­run

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MORE than 100 Aus­tralian rid­ers will take part in a re-en­act­ment for the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Beer­sheba to­day in mod­ern-day Is­rael.

On Oc­to­ber 31, 1917, reg­i­ments of the Aus­tralian Light Horse Bri­gade stormed Turk­ish de­fences to cap­ture the strate­gic town of Beer­sheba.

Con­sid­ered the last suc­cess­ful cav­alry charge in wartime, it was a turn­ing point in a three-year cam­paign to de­feat the Ger­man-led Turks in Ot­toman Pales­tine.

The 800 horse­men were vastly out­num­bered by the Turk­ish force of 4400.

Thirty-one Aus­tralians and 500 Turks were killed in the bat­tle, as well as 70 horses.

PHOTO: ABIR SULTAN/EPA

RETRACING STEPS: His­tory en­thu­si­asts, many of them de­scen­dants of sol­diers who fought in the Aus­tralian Light Horse Bri­gade, head for Beer­sheba.

PHOTO: DAN PELED/AAP

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