NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
31st October, 1917 – A moonlight bayonet charge by Australian Light Horsemen tonight ended the battle for Beersheba on the Palestinian front. The Australians galloped cheering into Beersheba with the New Zealand Light Horse, completing an assault on the town by British Infantry. After fighting for nearly 12 hours, the Australians were getting anxious about water for their horses. As night fell, they settled the matter with a final charge.
The Australians and New Zealanders rode 30 miles to support the British troops in a surprise attack an Beersheba. The captured the high ground to prevent any retreat and rounded up all the Turkish troops in the area. They then moved to the foothills east of Beersheba and, charging with fixed bayonets, silenced the line of German machine guns. The Anzacs dismounted at the first line of trenches and overpowered the remaining Turks. They remounted and, with the Australians in full voice at the fore, took the town at a gallop.