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Megiddo 1918: The Last Great Cavalry Victory [Paperback]

Bryan Perrett , Ed Dovey

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Feb. 9 2010 Campaign (Book 61)
Osprey's Campaign title for the Battle of Megiddo (1918), which was one of the more decisive campaigns of World War I (1914-1918). After securing the capture of Jerusalem General Allenby planned a campaign that would knock Turkey out of World War I. In a spectacular campaign General Allenby's Egyptian Expeditionary Force achieved the breakthrough in Palestine that commanders on the Western Front had only dreamed of. Supported by Lawrence and his Arab irregulars, the Desert Mounted Corps swept across the Turkish rear, destroying three armies in the process. Turkey's war was over and the days of the tottering Ottoman Empire were numbered. This was a British 'Blitzkrieg' with a speed of advance that stunned the world twenty years before Germany's Panzers rolled across Europe.

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Bryan Perrett was born in 1934 and educated at Liverpool College. He served in the Royal Armoured Corps, the 17th/21st Lancers, Westminster Dragoons and the Royal Tank Regiment, and was awarded the Territorial Decoration. During the Falklands and Gulf wars, he worked as defence correspondent for the Liverpool Echo. A highly successful author, Bryan is married and lives in Lancashire.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on a forgotten subject Jan. 5 2007
By James D. Crabtree - Published on Amazon.com
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Most people familiar with the First World War are not overly familiar with the battles fought in the Middle East (or else think Lawrence of Arabia fought them single-handedly). This book corrects that deficit, providing photos, maps, and text about the campaign that effectively knocked Turkey out of the War (until Ataturk came along, anyway). The book discusses the campaign as a predecessor to Blitzkrieg (and makes a convincing argument) but tends to repeat itself in some passages. Still, a highly-recommended book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great work on a little remembered battle Nov. 8 2013
By Graves - Published on Amazon.com
In the north of what is today modern Israel Megiddo is a mountain pass opening up to a great plain. Bandit infested at the time of Jesus this pass was known as the `eye of the needle' but at other times it was the spot where Empires rose and fell, most notably where Thutmose III established Egypt as a power around 1500 BC. It was also the spot 3,500 years later in 1918 that General Allenby, arguably the most competent British commander in the First World War, shattered the Ottoman Empire, a little remembered battle but which is wonderfully covered here.

Perrett starts by giving a brief over view of the desert campaigns up to the battle so readers have an idea what has led to the set up and then goes into detail how Allenby went after the Turkish forces driving them from the region by cutting their supply lines-forcing a hole in the enemy line then sending in mounted troops supported by air power ranging wildly through the rear echelons sweeping away supply and communications lines to the front creating chaos there. A tactic that in a later war would become known as `blitzkrieg' is clearly explained and detailed here.

This is supposed to be an introduction to the battle for most readers, not the final word. Perrett supplies some very good maps of the action and in his text successfully walks the fine line between enough and too much detail. I'm not wild about the paintings but that is just a matter of taste.

In the end this is an excellent book on a little remembered but vitally important part of the Great War. Fought over by the Egyptians, Canaanites, British, Ottoman and others Mediddo was the place where empires rose and fell and the world changed. Even the Greeks knew that but linguistic snobs that they are, they had to Hellenize the name. For them Megiddo was too barbaric, they changed the name of the place where the world would change, in their histories, to something that sounded Greek to them: in the Greek histoires, this place where the battle was fought, was Armageddon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Megiddo 1918 / by Bryan Perrett Dec 1 2012
By Bashir - Published on Amazon.com
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Although brief but a very interesting history of the great battle and suitably subtitled as the great cavalry victory, it is described wonderfully step by step as the battle was progressing and supported by maps and photographs. My interest in that subject was not as a student of history but more self centered as cavalry regiments of my late grand father (18th Lancers; 13th Brigade) and my father's regiment (19th Lancers; 12th cavalry 12th Brigade) participated. My father was there and participated in historic and remarkable dash of cavalry to secure railway bridge -Jisr-l-Majami. It was a very interesting and informative reading. My order for this title was received in time and in good condition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and Insightful Narrative, Well Done Jan. 20 2014
By Mike Dillemuth - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, which is number 61 in this Osprey series, gives an outstanding overview of the entire campaign. It is an easy read in which the narrative moves quickly.

The author, Bryan Perrett, does a great job of highlighting the fascinating aspects of this campaign. It was an outstanding success for General Allenby because he fought a combined arms battle. The author points out its similarities to a World War II blitzkrieg. One particularly fascinating action was the destruction of the Turkish 7th army on September 21, 1918 as they retreated down the Wadi Far'a. The army was destroyed by British airpower. This action bears a strong resemblance to the destruction of the Iraqi army as they evacuated Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War. The author even noted this comparison on pg 86. Unfortunately, he would have benefited from better editing. He incorrectly refers to the 1991 campaign as Operation Desert "Sword", instead of Desert Storm.

The book has an abundance of outstanding photos. They cover everything from people, to action scenes, to equipment. There are five 2D tactical maps and three 3D BEV maps. The 2D maps are uncluttered and well done. The 3D BEV maps could have been better. The notes are difficult to read in chronological order. Nevertheless, they do provide a solid view of the battles of Samakh, the Capture of Haifa, and the initial breakthrough. The book has several full color battle scenes. The descriptive notes are copied verbatim from the text. By repeating the text, the reader can easily associate the image to the narrative on the previous page.

Bottom line, this is an outstanding book. It does suffer from a few minor editorial shortcomings. That said, the narrative moves quickly and the reader should have no trouble in following the course of this campaign.

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