Hell in the Holy Land: World War 1 in the Middle East by David R. Woodward

By David R. Woodward

Within the glossy well known mind's eye, the British Army's crusade within the heart East in the course of international battle I is taken into account in some way much less brutal than the scuffling with on ecu battlefields. A romantic view of this clash has been extra inspired via such motion pictures as Lawrence of Arabia and the sunshine Horsemen. In Hell within the Holy Land, David R. Woodward makes use of photo eyewitness debts from the diaries, letters, and memoirs of British infantrymen who fought in that struggle to explain in rigorous aspect the real adventure of the struggling with and death in Egypt and Palestine. the big movement of troops and gear to Egypt ultimately made that state host to the biggest British army base open air of england and France. although many infantrymen discovered the ambience in Cairo unique, the wilderness nation-state made the basics of scuffling with and troop upkeep super tough. the serious warmth often sickened infantrymen, and unruly camels have been the single sensible technique of shipping around the smooth sands of the Sinai. The consistent scarcity of potable water used to be a continual challenge for the troops; one soldier recalled, "It is very unlikely to gain the intensity a guy will sink to pastime to soothe the bad horror of thirst." The voices of those British infantrymen provide a forgotten standpoint of the nice struggle, describing not just the actual and mental toll of wrestle however the day-by-day struggles of squaddies who have been stationed in an unexpected atmosphere that frequently proved simply as opposed because the enemy. A soldier of the Dorset Yeomanry, stationed in Egypt, wrote: "There are 3 sounds in Egypt which by no means cease―the creaking of the waterwheels, the music of the frogs, and the thrill of flies. . . . Letter writing is an impossibility within the night, for once the sunlight is going down, if a lamp is lighted, the air all around is thick with little gray sand-flies which chunk disgustingly." utilizing archival files, many from the Imperial battle Museum in London, England, Woodward paints a bright photo of the mayhem, terror, boredom, grime, and sacrifice that marked the way of life of British infantrymen within the heart East. In telling the tale of those infantrymen, Woodward offers a private heritage of a crusade that laid the foundation for the continued turmoil within the heart East.

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Its loss would be a disaster of the first magnitude. Not only would the Suez Canal be lost, the Turko-German menace would now extend to Africa. Robertson recognized the strategic significance of Egypt, but he correctly believed that military authorities in Egypt and the War Office greatly inflated the Turkish menace. “Think of the preparations,” he prophetically wrote Sir Charles E. ”14 At best, Robertson believed that the Turks might concentrate 100,000 men against the British in the Egyptian theater.

What he next observed disgusted him. “The women and girls sit on the steps in some houses in all sorts of vulgar attitudes. In others where there is no front to the house—like a room with one wall let down they sit on the step up. They call after you to come here dearie, and are abusive if you don’t. Swearing and using the most filthy language. ” (These certificates, incidentally, offered little security. ” Scantily dressed women also “threw their arms round the necks of the unwary who ventured too near.

Tussum Works and trenches ! ! ! No. ) 20 Indian Bde. 29 Indian Bde. ! ! ! ! ! Lake Timsah ! ! ! ! Ferdan ! No. ) 163rd Bde. ! Ismailia ! ! ! Kantara ! ! ! ! No. 2 SECTION 42nd Division 3 ALH Bde. (abolished 27 July) ! ! Oghratina Romani ! ! ! ! ! Land of the Pharaohs 23 and in that half hour we had to clean our tents, and lay our blankets out in the sun to air. 22 Defenders of the Suez Canal lived in dread of a khamsin, the extremely hot and dust-laden wind that blows from March to April in Egypt.

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