Ref: WW533, 1920, Harmsworth
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Original map first published c.1920. Republished July 2016.
World war one map depicting Palestine, to the left, during the first world war 1914 - 1918, published in 1920. The map to the right depicts Palestine, and the railways that were constructed by the British and Anzac troops during the period of the Great War , and the Sinai Peninsula - a land bridge between Asia and Africa, situated between the Mediterranean Sea to the North and the Red Sea to the South. The Dead Sea, Gulf of Akaba and the Gulf of Suez are also prominent.
As published at the time of this map, c.1920:
Palestine became a theatre of war as the eventual consequence of the entry of Turkey into the Great War - Nov.1914 - which made it essential for Great Britain to safeguard the Suez Canal, a vital link in the Allies communications. Accordingly the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, then composed almost entirely of British and Anzac troops, was organised. By the beginning of Jan.1917. Sir Archibald Murray, it's Commander in Chief at the time, had reconquered the Sinai and driven across the frontier of Palestine the Turks, who were led by Col.Kress von Kressenstein, a Bavarian, and Chief of Staff to Djamel Pasha, Turkish Minister of Marine and Governor of Palestine and Syria. Murray's success was due largely to his construction of a railway from the canal eastward along the coast of the Mediterranean. This railway, of standard gauge, was an achievement of strategic importance for his immediate purpose of pushing the enemy back from the canal and for the invasion of the Holy Land.
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