My knowledge of WWI history is weaker than a kitten. And what little I do know is mostly about the American aspect of it. And it’s been dang near forever since I read anything about the campaign against Turkey.
That said, it’s Friday, time for the weekly Fullbore Friday feature at CDR Salamander’s place.
The infantry attack proceeded entirely according to plan. The bombardment began at 5.55am, and lasted, with one gap, until 8.30. Over the course of the day the Turks were slowly forced out of their strong defensive positions, the last of which fell at around 7 p.m. The attacking infantry suffered 1,200 casualties during the battle.
At 9.00 am the Desert Mounted Corps was ready to attack the eastern defences of Beersheba. The New Zealand Brigade of the Anzac Division soon ran into a problem. The Turks had a strong defensive position at Tel es Saba, a steep sided flat topped hill three miles east of the town. The battle to capture the Tel took up all of the morning and much of the afternoon, and did not end until 3 p.m.
You’ll have to go to his place to see how it turned out. Oh, and he’s got video. Bring soda and chips. It’s a couple of long ones…