ANU MEDIA ALERT: 100th Anniversary of Battle of Beersheba

Friday, October 27, 2017 — The Australian National University (ANU) will host a public lecture to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War Battle of Beersheba, in which two Australian Light Horse regiments launched a mounted charge.

Military Historian Dr Jean Bou will give a public lecture on the history and mythology which has grown around the battle, fought on 31 October 1917 and which has become a seminal moment in Australian military history.

Media are invited to the lecture on Monday 30 October at the Hedley Bull Centre at 5.30pm.

“Beersheba has become a tool for national self-congratulation and myth-making, with claims about the Australian role including that it was the last great cavalry charge in history or that that it turned the tide of campaign,” said Dr Bou.

Dr Bou is also a Fellow at Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Coral Bell School of Asia and the Pacific Affairs, ANU. 

He is the author, co-author or editor of 10 books on Australian military history and has written extensively on the Australian involvement in the First World War, particularly on the fighting in Palestine. 
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WHAT:  Interviews and Public Lecture on the Battle of Beersheba and centenary.

WHO: Dr Jean Bou, Senior Lecturer at Strategic and defence Studies Centre, ANU.

WHERE: Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre, corner of Garran Road and Liversidge St, ANU 

WHEN: 5.30pm – 7pm Monday 30 October 2017

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