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Posted 26 October 2010 - 09:44 am
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 01:35 pm
I am after locating on the map the two points 720 and 630 held by the 1st County of London (Middx) Yeomanry when they were attacked by the Turkish on 27th October 1917. The 8th Mounted Brigade held a 12 mile line from El Buggar - 720 - 630 - 510.
Major Lafone who was OC B Sqn, Middlesex Yeomanry, was KIA during the attack, later awarded a posthumous VC for his actions in the face of the Turkish attack.
I was in Beersheba last week visiting a few sites in and around the city in relation to its capture during 3rd battle of Gaza. I visited Major Lafones grave at Beersheba Commonwealth War Cemetery, but unfortunatley didnt have the time or the maps to go a bit further out to look at where the action resulting in his death, took place.
I have the N and MP Map disc for Other Theatres 1914-18 and can find El Buggar, west of Beersheba. I just cant find the points held by the 8th Mounted Bde.
Could anyone help with map extracts old or new or other info please?
Posted 27 October 2010 - 01:56 pm
Posted 27 October 2010 - 02:39 pm
Many thanks for the info. I had suspected that 720 may be in the vicinity of what is now Hatzerim IAF Base, strangely enough I was also at the base last week as well at the IAF museum!
It would be very interesting to be able to geo reference the old maps with modern maps, in effect a Linesman app for the Palestine campaign. I had also wondered if anything would survive of the ruin of the house at 720. If it is now part of Hatzerim Air Base then I doubt it.
Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:13 pm
Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:47 am
Once again Wroclaw, many thanks for the information. I am going to try and get back to the Beersheba area early next year and want to see what I can find in terms of maps of the area in the meantime, as I would like to cover some of this ground, where possible, on foot. Do you know if there are any good modern Israeli 1:20,000 maps available of the area, showing desert tracks etc, and if so where I could get them from? I have tried the Mapa.co.il website but cant seem to get an English version of it. Any pointers would be appreciated.
Posted 04 November 2010 - 04:34 pm