A reenactment of the 1917 Battle for Beersheba.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF ARCHIVE)
At 4:00 PM on October 31st, 1917, the mounted cavalry of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) embarked on a daring, surprise maneuver to conquer the city of Beersheba from the Turks.
The successful conquest, named the Battle of Beersheba, was a determining battle in the British acquisition of Ottoman Palestine, which eventually brought forth the Balfour declaration and the birth of the State of Israel. KKL-JNF, with the support of Friends of JNF Australia, has established the ANZAC Trail in the Western Negev, a 100 km route with 10 stations that follows in the footsteps of the ANZAC horsemen as they moved to take Be’ersheba.
In addition, KKL-JNF and JNF Australia will be inaugurating the ANZAC Museum in Beersheba on October 31st, the 100th year since that decisive battle.
Experience the ANZAC Trail in the Western Negev