The Last Crusade -
This is the first full account of World War I in Palestine since the official history published in the 1920s. It was a tough and fast-
Hostilities began with the defence of the Suez Canal, Britain's jugular, against the Ottoman Turks and their German allies. The Allies' thrust into Palestine when Allenby took over from the less aggressive Murray, and Lawrence harnessing the irregular forces of Arab nationalism, were much needed victories. In contrast to the failures at Gallipoli and in Mesopotamia, or the inconclusive battles on the Western Front, Palestine's view of movement and dramatic success made an essential contribution to the Allied will to win.
Anthony Bruce has produced a comprehensive military history of the campaign, drawing on the full range of sources including the experiences of those who took part.
"Bruce is not only a fine miltary historian but an engaging writer who makes the narrative seems as exciting as T E Lawrence's "Seven Pillars of Wisdom."
Norman Stinchcombe. (Birmingham Evening Mail )
"Comprehensive and fascinating."
(The Middle East )
"Bruce has a good eye for the telling detail, and ... his account is untainted by the grinding of axes."
Gary Sheffield. (Times Literary Supplement )