01/06/2018
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Book Review: Allenby's Gunners

4081834b-5cdf-49a8-a991-a8a494d5b4b3

Author: Alan H Smith

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

Purchase your copy here

There has been comparatively little written of the Middle East campaigns of WWI, compared to the mud and misery of Flanders, and even less of the Australian units taking part. Alan Smith’s account of artillery in the Sinai and Palestine campaigns of 1916-18 aims to put that right. In particular this shows how a shortage of Australian gunners caused the British Territorial artillery to be assigned to Australian Light Horse and New Zealand Mounted Rifle brigades. From the first battles of Romani and Rafa, through Gaza and Jerusalem, to the triumph at Megiddo and the capture of Damascus, the role of the artillery is explained. Often with quotes from those who were there, such as when success came it was because, ‘…it was a brilliant all arms action, guns cavalry and infantry co-operating together with great skill…’ The art of combined operations had proved its value, with the artillery backing it up. This is a big book, with decent quality paper and lots of maps throughout, though more photos would have been welcome.

Purchase your copy directly from Pen & Sword here

380 pages • Hardback • £30.00

 

As reviewed in The Armourer May 2018

Back to Articles

01/06/2018 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Book Review: The Home Front

Seeing it through: Arras and Passchendaele ...



Book Review: Bloody Bullecourt

As reviewed in the July 2018 issue ...


Book Review: Spitfire Singh

There’s a quote that comes with this book about Harjinder Singh ...


Other Articles

Book Review: Eastern Front Sniper

The Life of Matthaus Hetzenauer ...


Book Review: U-Boats off Bermuda

Patrol Summaries and Merchant Ship Survivors landed in Bermuda 1940-1944 ...


Book Review: Hawker Hurricane

The Multirole Fighter ...


Book Review: Secret SAS Missions in Africa

C Squadron's counter-terrorist operations 1968-1980 ...