Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Members of my family on my mother's side fought in Palestine in the First World War. They were from Suffolk, and after their regiment was incorporated into the 74th (Yeomanry) Division they fought with Lawrence of Arabia, and eventually liberated Jerusalem. One of them - I think it was my grandfather, but like many he never spoke of his war-time experiences - took photographs that my grandmother kept all her life.

A knocked-out tank, probably a casualty of the Third Battle of Gaza.

A truck carrying all kinds of junk. Is that part of an artillery piece?

Men waiting to cross a waterway - note the pith helmets.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Paul! Very interesting.
I was in Jerusalem and now it's hard to imagine the First World War in this place. There were so many new wars...

November 12, 2008 9:37 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Hi Sergey,

The First World War was the least of Jerusalem's problems - in fact, I'm not sure if it was directly affected by that conflict, since most of the important battles were in the deserts around and about. In any case, a century there is like the blink of a gnat's eye...

November 12, 2008 10:23 pm  
Blogger Guy said...

Lovely photos.

As for Jerusalem, no, almost no fighting there, though other urban areas like Kut saw lots. The only real importance of Jerusalem's capture was that it was the first time since the Second Crusade that a Christian army was in control of the place. Which went down well with the Western public.

November 14, 2008 4:03 pm  

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