Book review by Gary Ellem – The Last Charge of the Australian Light Horse

The last charge of the Australian light horse by Peter FitzSimons

 

 

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This is a great book about the extraordinary story of the Australian Light Horse and their charge at Beersheba in October 1917. If you enjoy reading books about Australian history and in particular World War 1, then this is a book for you.

On 31st October 1917, as the day’s light faded, the Australian Light Horse charged against their enemy. Eight hundred men and horses galloped four miles across open country, towards the artillery, rifles and machine guns of the Turks occupying the seemingly unassailable town of Beersheba. What happened in the next hour changed the course of history.

Much is known of the efforts and sacrifices of the ANZACs at Gallipoli and on the Western Front and now this book provides a great insight into the battles in the desert. The book also describes the fateful losses of the Light Horse at the Nek at Gallipoli.

As with all Peter FitzSimons books, he introduces us to some great characters and this book is no exception with members of the Light Horse including the famous writers Banjo Paterson and Ion Idriess, Cricket Test fast bowler Tibby Cotter as well as Lawrence of Arabia.

I highly recommend this book – ⭐5

 

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