NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
1st October, 1918 : Arab horsemen from distant Hejaz today galloped in triumph through the streets of Damascus. As the sun was rising over the mosques and spires, Major T E Lawrence, the young British officer whose tactical guidance has ensured the success of Arab revolt, drove through the lanes in an armoured car. Led by the Emir Feisal, son of Sherif Hussein, now to be King of Syria, and his British friend Lawrence, who had fought Turks all the way from Arabia, the Arabs were first into the capital. At about the same time the first patrols of the Australian Mounted Division of General Allenby’s army also converged on the great city, having fought their way from Egypt to Gaza, captured Jerusalem and freed Palestine.