First raised during the Boer War, the Light Horse attracted many from the outback - men who knew how to survive and fight in hot and dry country, and who had a special bond with their horses.
Battle-hardened at Gallipoli, by the time the men arrived in Palestine they were more than ready to play their critical role in Colonel Lawrence's defeat of the Turks (in the face of the British High Command's acceptance of the status quo). And under their brilliant commander, Sir Harry Chauvel, they were victorious in the Sinai, Palestine and Syria - culminating in the last great cavalry charge in our history, the taking of Beersheba in 1917.
Their victories played a decisive part in shaping Middle Eastern history in the 20th century.
Roland Perry tells the story as it deserves to be told - with colour and authority, bringing their exploits to life. Every Australian knows this story - but few, until now, have read it.
'a history book that deserves a place in every suburban home library . . . the story of an extraordinary generation of Australians who created an enduring legend while changing the course of history' - West Australian
'the first great read about the victories of the Australian cavalry in Arabia' - The Australian
'conjures up the romantic image of the Light Horse that endures to this day' - Herald Sun
'briskly written, well-researche'd - The Age
'A compulsive read' - Newcastle Herald
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 11 / 2010