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Desert Mounted Corps

In the first Battle of Gaza, 26/27 March 1917, Sir Harry Chauvel was given command of the newly formed Imperial Mounted Division. 

After the second Battle of Gaza, 17/19 April 1917, he was given command of the Desert Column thereby becoming the first Australian ever to lead a Corps. 

In June Chauvel was given command of the new Desert Mounted Corps (3 Divisions). He became the first Aussie ever to become a Lieutenant General.

After his successful Charge at Beersheba his Corps drove the Turks up the Plain of Philistia past Jaffa and opened the way for the capture of Jerusalem.

  • General Chauvel riding at the head of the Desert Mounted Corps during the official entry of the Allied forces into the town.

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