WW1 Australian battle re-enacted in Israel on centennial

History enthusiasts and descendants of Australian Mounted Division and ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division) Mounted Division soldiers rest after the reenactment of the Battle of Beersheba when British and ANZAC forces captured Beersheba from the Ottoman Empire during the World War I, as part of the 100 years anniversary in near Beersheba, southern Israel, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

Descendants of Australian soldiers who broke through Ottoman defenses in a daring First World War victory are re-enacting the feat a century later as part of a memorial to those killed in a battle that helped turn the tide of the war and shape the modern Middle East.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy have accompanied 175 members of the Australian Light Horse Association for Tuesday’s centenary of the Battle of Beersheba in the historical town in present-day Israel, paying tribute to the 171 British troops killed.

The battle was a crucial, if largely forgotten, victory in the Mideast campaign that enabled the Allies to break the Turkish line and capture Jerusalem weeks later. The victorious campaign redrew the map of the Middle East.

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