The Egyptian Expeditionary Force in World War I

A History of the British-Led Campaigns in Egypt, Palestine and Syria


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About the Book

This military history follows the 5th Battalion of the Suffolk regiment from England to Syria and the end of World War I. Among the previously untapped primary source materials used are the author’s father’s correspondence and photographs from his 1913–1919 service with the 5th Suffolk in England, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine and Syria. It follows chronologically the frustrating failures, and the final victory, of the campaigns in North Africa and the Middle East and refutes the widely held misconception that cavalry played no major role in the conflict.

About the Author(s)

Michael J. Mortlock, a former archivist at the University of Richmond, contributes to film documentaries and writes fiction. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Michael J. Mortlock
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 312
Bibliographic Info: 98 photos, maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4871-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5797-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix

Preface      1

Introduction: The Middle Eastern Theatre      3

1. Egypt and the Suez Canal      19

2. The Sinai Peninsula and the Failures at Gaza—The Gateway to Palestine      55

3. A Change at the Top, Then Success at Beersheba and Gaza      102

4. Lloyd George’s Christmas Present      149

5. Advance, Delay, Advance: The Judean Hills and the Jordan      161

6. The Final Stroke      184

7. Backlash      227

Postscript: Back Home      235

Appendix A: Participants in the Palestine Campaign      239

Appendix B: Basic British Army Structure      241

Appendix C: Casualties      242

Appendix D: Order of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force      244

Appendix E: General Allenby’s Official Report      249

Appendix F: The Egyptian Government      250

Appendix G: Statement of Aims in Palestine      252

Appendix H: Norfolk Regiment Officers      253

Appendix I: Royal Army Service Corps Officers, 54th (East

Anglian) Division

Appendix J: Equipment on Company Establishment      257

Appendix K: Field Marshal Lord Allenby’s Letter      258

Chapter Notes      259

Bibliography      273

Index      291

Book Reviews & Awards

“photos are…significant and outstanding. My hat is off to Michael Mortlock…a labor of love”—ASTENE; “a clear and interesting account of an often neglected area of WWI operations”—ARmy Rumour SErvice.