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 War and History Poetry posted April 18, 2021

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Aust Light horse charge 1917

Bravery on Horseback

by Aussie

Horses dancing in the sand
Knowing charge close at hand
Soldiers sweating midday sun
Weapons rattle, scabbard and gun

Proud young men ready to die
Hold their horses before they shy
Brass bits and brass buttons shine
Steady men, keep in line

The oasis at Beersheba, liquid gold
Spurs dug in, horses bold
Racing downhill amid gattling guns
Some men fell, horses made short runs

On they galloped bent on perks
Coo-ee! Our men called Turks
Through the hail of bullets singing
Horses jumped Turks cover flinging

Battle ensued, sabers slashed Turkish fool
We took the wells, precious water cool
Enemy defeated by horse and men
Light Horse Brigade, fearless ken

Australian Light Horse Brigades fought in many battles in the middle-east WW1. Forty-thousand horses left Australia - one came home. British in charge told our men to shoot the horses. Some did, some let them go. We couldn't bring them back because of quarantine. One Brigadier paid to have his horse brought home. The wells of Beersheba (4 km from Jerusalem) in the Negev desert were a vital source of water to both warring sides.
So ancient these wells - Abraham and Abimelech fought over them. Abraham showed his truth in digging the wells by offering Abimelech seven lambs which he accepted in payment for Abraham's truth. Beersheba means Well of seven Truths. Genesis: 21;22-24. The Light Horse Brigade thrives today in riding shows and young men sign up to learn how to ride in all the kit. Thanks for reading!
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