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Posted: 8/20/2019 8:15:28 AM EDT

(...Sir Henry George Chauvel decides to 'take a gamble' and wins: "They're now under the guns!")

General Chauvel then decided to take something of a gamble. The delay at Tel es Saba threatened to prevent the capture of Beersheba before dark. Rather than continue with the methodical plan of attack, Chauvel ordered one of his reserve brigades, the 4th Australian Light Horse, to mount a direct assault on Beersheba. They had the ideal terrain for a cavalry charge – a long gentle slope running down into Beersheba. It was defended by two lines of trenches, but crucially not by barbed wire.
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Ranging by defenders and attacking fleet-footed light infantry=miss the mark and you are dead, wounded, or captured.

Battle of Beersheba Part 2 10 31 1917

"...but I would like you to go ahead to the 1:20 mark for the charge (the German officer's assumptions at 1:34 is critical). One of the best filmed scenes in the genre - if it doesn't raise your heart rate, pressure nothing will."

CDR Dalamander: Full Bore Friday

In war, it often is not what you were designed to do. It is not what in theory what you were primarily trained, manned, and equipped to do. No. More often than not it is what you must do. What you are needed to do. What you may be the only unit in place to do.
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Link Posted: 9/29/2020 12:54:26 AM EDT
The Lighthorsemen was a very under-rated movie. The charge scene was awesome. Also SMLE and Bren gun action
Link Posted: 10/1/2020 6:07:53 PM EDT
I'll have to look up the film.
Good clip of the charge. I didn't realise cavalry or light horse would charge for over a mile and a half.
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