Last cavalry charge gets centenary rerun
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.
RETRACING STEPS: History enthusiasts, many of them descendants of soldiers who fought in the Australian Light Horse Brigade, head for Beersheba.