100 years after their ancestors fought in Palestine to liberate Beersheba from the Ottoman Empire, descendants of ANZAC soldiers came to Israel to recreate one of history’s last known cavalry battles.
Descendants of Aboriginal soldiers who fought for the liberation of Beersheba during World War I came to Israel on Monday to mark the 100th anniversary of one of history’s last cavalry battles.
Though not many in Israel are aware of the contribution of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) to the British efforts to free Palestine from the Ottoman Empire, it is a well-known part of history in Australia and is still taught in schools.
“I feel like it’s a great honor to be back here, one hundred years after my father was here,” said one of the descendants. “I’m still going strong.”
“I’d like to think it’s pretty good that I’ve lived long enough to carry his name and to come and report on what’s been accomplished in all those years,” said another.