NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
21st February, 1918 : Australian cavalry took Jericho first thing this morning. It was pouring with rain and through the mist the mounted troops were disappointed to find that the city whose walls once crumbled at the blast of Joshua’s trumpets is now a mere village. But it is still a place of strategic importance only five miles from the river Jordan. The fall of Jericho deprives the Turks of their advance base for the defence of Palestine. It is the road centre by which their left flank received its supplies from the Hedfaz railway. General Allenby can now use the road parallel to the river as an axis of his advance north upon Syria.
[ The image is that of WW I war graves on Roman Road, Jericho ]