I have to admit…

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…

2 thoughts on “I have to admit…”

  1. Like most I know a good deal less about WW1 then WW2. That being said, I think one of my absolute favorite war documentaries would be “The First World War”. It’s around 5 or 7 episodes I think and it’s on the Mil Channel pretty often. It’s Really, really worth a watch if you are interested in War history. Honestly I can’t praise it enough for being so fascinating. But that’s just me. Also, just one more thing, I think it was produced by a Brit, but shows ALL sides to the war.

  2. The Turks don’t get enough credit sometimes. What the ALH did was impressive, but look at it from the flip-side. They had about 4,000 men (which would probably be what they would call a division in the messed up Ottamn Army). Unless they were an Anatolian unit, the unit would have been sapped with desertion and rife with discontent over the policies of the Young Turks. The discipline was brutal, and not necessarily in a constructive way. Yet they could prepare a defensive position and hold it against the better part of a corps.

    Part of it had to do with the imbalance in the effectiveness of weapons on the defense versus the offense during the First World War (or The Great War). But there still had to be men to operating those weapons, laying the wire, and manning the artillery.

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