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Beersheba (or 3rd Gaza)

Battle Name : Beersheba (or 3rd Gaza)

Date(s) : 31 October 1917

Part of : First World War , The Palestine & Sinai Front ,

Outcome : A victory for British & Allied Forces over Turkish and German forces

Type of battle : Land


Allenby decided to try a different approach to Gaza, and so left a smal force in front of Gaza, while leading the main attack against Beersheba instead. The surprise worked, but still a hard days fighting with the Desert Mounted Corps flanking the main positions and an Australian Cavalry Brigade charging the trenches was needed before the Turkish lines fell and the crucial water supplied were taken. The Turks were forced to withdraw from Gaza as the position was now untenable.