However, no Brits were involved, but rather 800 mounted soldiers from Australia and New Zealand. The conquest of Beersheba on October 31, 1917 opened the door to the liberation of Jerusalem and the rule of Great Britain over what was then referred to as Palestine.
During the battle, 206 soldiers from Australia and New Zealand fell. The centenary was marked with a memorial ceremony in their names that was attended by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, New Zealand Governor General Patsy Reddy and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. At the ceremony, New Zealand soldiers belonging to the island nation’s indigenous people, known as Maori, performed a traditional war dance.
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