“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.