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 Post subject: Beersheba Day
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 6:35 am 
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Today is not bl00dy Halloween.
It's Beersheeba Day, where in 1917, the ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps executed a mounted charge against an enemy that was dug-in, and attempting to conduct a withdrawal.

After work, I shall be having a few whiskeys. I hope all my fellow Dashing Lighthorsmen have some sore heads in the morning.

*raises glass*
To Uncle Harry and the boys!

FORWARD!


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 Post subject: Re: Beersheba Day
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Well done those men.

The Wells of Old Beersheba







In saga and in story their tale has been told,
As long down the years of madness the battle tides have rolled;
Their drops of crystal water - more precious than gold
The Wells of old Beersheba were battle scarred of old.

On an Autumn evening that seems so long ago
The war-worn Walers reached them with stately step and slow,
And the guns roared welcome, peal upon thunder peal,
The Wells of old Beersheba were held by Moslem steel.

On barren cactus ridges the British army lay,
All sore in need of water at the burning close of day;
And so the desert riders must charge at evening gloom -
The Wells of old Beersheba - to victory or doom.

A league across the desert, slowly Walers came,
And Turkish shrapnel answered with a burst of flame
That flashed amid the smoke clouds, deep in the murky haze,
The Wells of old Beersheba with trench-lines all ablaze.

They lined the ridge at sunset and, in the waning light
The far-flung line of squadrons came on in headlong flight,
The desert land behind them - in front the fearful fight,
The Wells of old Beersheba must fall before the night.

The Turkish rifles raked them and horse and man went down,
But still they held the gallop towards the blazing town;
They heard the hot lead whining, the big guns thunder-roll -
The Wells of old Beersheba their destiny and goal.

With cold steel bayonets gleaming, in sodden seas of blood
They raced towards the stronghold, all in a crimson flood,
Such maddening surge of horses, such tumult and such roar
The Wells of old Beersheba had never seen before.

They stormed across the trenches and, so the stories say,
They drove the Moslem gunners as wild winds scatter spray.
No force or fire could turn them on that long maddening run,
The Wells of old Beersheba had fallen with the sun.

Fast through the gap behind them column on column poured,
Loud in the darkening dust - wrack the guns of England roared;
Won in a race of ruin through the lurid waves of flame
The Wells of old Beersheba had brought them deathless fame!

Remember them, my brothers, lend them a helping hand -
They led that charge of splendour that won the Promised Land -
And those who came not homeward, their memory is grand -
The Wells of old Beersheba will guard their graves of sand.


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 Post subject: Re: Beersheba Day
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:49 am 
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22F wrote:
Today is not bl00dy Halloween.
It's Beersheeba Day, where in 1917, the ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps executed a mounted charge against an enemy that was dug-in, and attempting to conduct a withdrawal.

After work, I shall be having a few whiskeys. I hope all my fellow Dashing Lighthorsmen have some sore heads in the morning.

*raises glass*
To Uncle Harry and the boys!

FORWARD!


Good point mate and Harry and his men should be remembered http://www.awm.gov.au/people/P10676556/ There is a little Museum in Tenterfield that has a memorial and items belonging to Sir Harry.

Light Horse 36 battle 36 victories. Mounted Infantry.


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 Post subject: Re: Beersheba Day
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:15 am 
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It's also 8/9RARs birthday, they'll be celebrating the day with a Tattoo at Uruzgan Lines today.


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 Post subject: Re: Beersheba Day
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Saw them marching around the ring road today, its a pretty cool sight to see a whole battalion at arms under colours with a band.
Going off the facial expressions, it probably sucked balls for the guys doing it though... :finga:


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 Post subject: Re: Beersheba Day
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:34 pm 
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After two weeks of practicing I can assure you we were over it. Whole battalion by platoon were on parade to march past in slow and quick with colours. We had 20 vintage vehicles from a willy jeep to a German Nazi tracked APC to a Centurion on parade followed by fireworks. Massed pipes and drums as well. Even had some old dude perform "I was only 19".

You come digrar?


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 Post subject: Re: Beersheba Day
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Would have loved to, but I'm stuck on a lump of iron ore off the coast of Broome instead. I've seen some great pics/vids and nice to see some old mates still out there looking after the colours.
The rendition of black bear, in the dark, with the fireworks and gas flames going off in the background was awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: Beersheba Day
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hdtjack wrote:

22F wrote:
Today is not bl00dy Halloween.
It's Beersheeba Day, where in 1917, the ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps executed a mounted charge against an enemy that was dug-in, and attempting to conduct a withdrawal.

After work, I shall be having a few whiskeys. I hope all my fellow Dashing Lighthorsmen have some sore heads in the morning.

*raises glass*
To Uncle Harry and the boys!

FORWARD!


Good point mate and Harry and his men should be remembered http://www.awm.gov.au/people/P10676556/ There is a little Museum in Tenterfield that has a memorial and items belonging to Sir Harry.

Light Horse 36 battle 36 victories. Mounted Infantry.


One of these days, I'll get down there and have a look.
A few years ago, I flew into Canberra to meet the Crossfire crew.
I spent four years as a kid there, when Dad was posted to RMC/ADFA for another instructional posting.

Wandering around the War Memorial as an adult, having spent some time in a Land Comd unit, that had actually been at some of those hallowed events depicted in the dioramas, with all the bits and bobs from my tribal ancestors?
It was magical.

I saw Uncle Harry's ceremonial tack. One can tell he didn't spend much time in that saddle ;)
Although I managed to look like a grumpy old fart and scare some visiting cadets from ADFA, when they displayed a marked lack of knowledge of historical campaigns. I must have really shied the poor striplings when they asked who Uncle Harry was :smt011


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 Post subject: Re: Beersheba Day
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I wonder, as I do in own funny way, if families and childeren who have read Elyne Mitchell's sliver brumby, and why she had such an affection of the Australian brumby, and why other books she wrote like "light horse to damascus" (a kids book written from a horses point of view), read more like a historical account.......


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 Post subject: Re: Beersheba Day
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digrar wrote:
Would have loved to, but I'm stuck on a lump of iron ore off the coast of Broome instead. I've seen some great pics/vids and nice to see some old mates still out there looking after the colours.
The rendition of black bear, in the dark, with the fireworks and gas flames going off in the background was awesome.


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My favourite bit was the battalion doing a gun salute to a chorus of crying babies in the crowd. [:D


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