Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:56 am
I've just joined this web forum and noticed this dialogue.
My grandfather was the officer commanding at 'View' post who ordered his men to standing-to about 1.00am and alerted Australian force to the pending attack at Abu Tellul. He requested and got the artillery barrage, which caused the attacking German and Turkish force to redeploy directly into the already repositioned Australian machine guns at Vale, View and Veux posts. Result - the first and only time a significant German force was put in was definitively defeated. Allenby was impressed and personally decorated my grandfather with the MC a short while later.
Just as a point of order, the account of this battle in the Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918, Vol VII, Sinai and Palestine (H.S. Gullett), Chapter XXXIX, ABU TELLUL, was widely criticised to describe many inaccuracies by my Grandfather and his colleagues.