On October 31, 2007, Australians and Israelis gathered in Beersheba to mark the 90th anniversary of one of the greatest victories in Australian military history and a turning point in modern Zionist history -- the charge of the Australian Light Horse against the Turkish positions around Beersheba in World War 1.
The Australian victory, against all the odds, was the decisive battle which enabled Britain's General Allenby to open the road to Jerusalem and led to the defeat of the Ottoman Empire's hold over Palestine.
The Balfour Declaration, dated November 2, 1917, in which Britain promised to work for a "Jewish National Home" in Palestine, followed just three days later.
But without the Australian victory at Beersheba and the end of the Ottoman Empire that followed, who knows what history's verdict on Zionism and Palestine would have been ?
In recognition of the battle's 90th anniversary the Australian Reserve Forces Day parades and celebrations in the capital cities and around the country in 2007 will reflect the theme of "The Year of the Light Horse".
And as a special service to our readers jewishaustralia.com is partnering the Australian Reserve Forces Association in offering a classic movie --- "The Light Horsemen" --- which tells the authentic story of the events at Beersheba in World War 1.
About the movie:
The director Simon Wincer and his crew have excellently interwoven a beautifully done drama with incredible special effects.
The battle sequence at the end if the film is so powerful that even seen on video on an average size home TV it is astounding. Not only is the Lighthorsemen's assault wonderfully choreographed, but the reaction shots of the cast are well performed.
The outstanding cast includes:
Jon Blake, Peter Phelps, Tony Bonner, Bill Kerr, John Walton, Gary Sweet, Tim McKenzie, Sigrid Thornton, Anthony Andrews and many more Australian stars.
PAL DVD, 131 minutes
$30.00 Australian Dollars [Currency Converter]
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