History of War - - WELCOME TO ISSUE 50 - Tim Wil­liamson Edi­tor EMAIL ti­mothy.wil­liamson@fu­turenet.com

“Those he­roes that shed their blood and lost their lives… You are now ly­ing in the soil of a friendly coun­try. There­fore rest in peace”

– At­trib­uted to Mustafa Ke­mal Atatürk

Ac­counts of WWI cam­paigns of­ten come laden with their own con­tro­ver­sies and bi­ases, mix­ing cold, hard facts with na­tional re­mem­brance, mythol­ogy and even ide­ol­ogy. Even the au­then­tic­ity of Atatürk’s pro­found words of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, adorn­ing nu­mer­ous An­zac memo­ri­als, has been ques­tioned by some his­to­ri­ans.

What can­not be ques­tioned is the im­mense sacri­fice of An­zac troops, who dis­tin­guished them­selves in the trenches of the Western Front, as well as at Gal­lipoli and in Pales­tine. This is­sue ex­plores how Aus­tralia’s Light Horse reg­i­ments left their own mark on these lat­ter cam­paigns, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing two very dif­fer­ent charges at the Nek and Beer­sheba.

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