Archive for August, 2008

Aug 27, 2008

Battle of Beersheba – Charge of the Light Horsemen

*** MILITARY MEMORABILIA ***

CHARGE OF THE LIGHTHORSEMEN
THE BATTLE OF BEERSHEBA

The Australian Light Horse
Australian Light Horse were mounted troops with characteristics of both cavalry and mounted infantry. They served during the Second Boer War and World War I. The “Mounted Service Manual for Australian Light Horse and Mounted Infantry” was authorised for publication by Major General ETH Hutton in July 1902 in which it stated the Light Horse had the following responsibilities;
• Fight on foot in the offensive and defensive;
• Perform duties classified as information gathering and reconnaissance and screening;
• Afford “protection” from surprise for all bodies of troops both halted and on the march
Australian Light Horse were like mounted infantry in that they usually fought dismounted using horse holders to increase mobility. To engage with their enemy the light horsemen would dismount and hand their reins to a horse holder who would direct the horses away from the combat area. A highly skilled horse holder could handle as many as 5 extra horses. A famous exception to this rule though was the charge of the 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments at Beersheba on 31 October 1917.

The Capture of Beersheba
From the crest, Beersheba, with its Mosque in patent view, offered the most desirable treasure, the ancient wells of water. Between them lay the enemy defences. Beersheba was a southern outpost of Turkey’s Ottoman Empire, today it is a city in Israel. It was defended by Turks, who were Imperial Germany’s eastern allies. The mission was to secure the 17 water wells of Beersheba as water was vital for the welfare of the desert mounted corps and their horses, many of whom had been without
water for several days. Without this attack the whole Sinai and Palestine campaign would seize and the Gaza Beersheba line would remain unbroken. A conquest over the Turks would help avenge the defeat of Gallipoli. Behind a ridge overlooking Beersheba the 4th (Victorian) and 12th (New South Wales) regiments formed what was soon to be a thundering line of charging Light Horsemen who would be followed by a second and then third squadron.

The Last Successful Charge
On 31 October 1917 the Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade charged more than four miles at the Turkish trenches with
force and power not to be reckoned with. This battle is now said to be ‘The Last Successful Cavalry Charge In History’. Just on sunset the ‘crazed’ charge began. In an atmosphere of urgency every man knew that only a wild and frantic charge could grasp Beersheba before nightfall. They deployed at a trot in artillery formation leaving five yards between horsemen and five hundred yards between squadrons, they quickened into a gallop. As the trenches neared, 800 Aussie Horsemen swore, yelled and waived bayonets around their heads. The Turks opened fire with heavy artillery, machine gun and rifle fire; this however only intensified the speed of the charge. The bewildered enemy taken back by the sheer audacity and roar of 800 horses were soon firing aimlessly as they had failed to adjust the
sights on their rifles and the clouds of dust made selecting targets near impossible. The 4th took the trenches and the 12th rode straight through an opening into the town of Beersheba. The conflict at the trenches was to only last for a very short time, some Turks surrendered, some fled into the nearby Judean Hills and were pursued and others refused to give up until large numbers had been bayoneted or shot. In less than one hour it was over, with a total of 738 prisoners taken.

Charge of the 800
The heroics at Gallipoli is one of the ANZACS best known battles in military history, yet the Battle of Beersheba, is one of Australia’s greatest military triumphs. Armed with their greatest weapon of sheer bloody audacity 800 ANZACS defeated 4,000 Turks and against fearful odds losses were 31 dead, 36 wounded and 70 horses killed. This remarkable and decisive victory changed the history of the Middle East and helped create The Australian Light Horse Legend. The 4th Light Horse Brigade charged over the Turkish trenches and into immortality.

Lest we Forget
Limited Edition of 1917

Framed item $350 + $35 S&H.

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Aug 20, 2008

Danny Buderus Career Lithograph

Resilient, relentless, loyal, courageous and consistent….

Call them superlatives, but they appropriately describe Danny Buderus. The greatest Knights player behind the legendary Andrew Johns, Buderus’s achievements are inspirational – particularly considering the injuries he had to carry for the past three years of his Australian career. Indeed, his regular roommate Johns says he has seen no braver footballer.

Buderus, originally a halfback/five-eighth become a hooker of the grandest scale. He won a premiership with the Knights in 2001, the Dally M Medal in 2004 and holds the NSW State of Origin records for the most successive games, 21 (2002-08) and the most as captain with 15 (2004-08).

The tough-tackling and strong running Buderus has a list of on-field achievements as long as his arm, but it is his sincere, easy-going nature off the field that greatly enhanced his stature as one of the most popular and respected players in the 100 years of the game.

Danny Buderus career representation lithograph is….

·         Personally signed by Danny Buderus

·         Approx 800mm x 550mm in size

·         Strictly limited to just 100 units only

·         Officially Licensed by the NRL

·         Complete with NRL and a-Tag authentication

·         $495 framed

 

Aug 20, 2008

Australian Olympic Gold Medallists – Hearts of Gold

Only 100 collectors worldwide will own this Adidas Australian Olympic Jacket memorabilia piece that will include images and signatures of all Australian Gold Medallists from the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Aug 18, 2008

Dustin Fletcher Ken Fletcher

When Dustin played his 288th game for Essendon, it added to his father Ken’s 264 games for the Bombers, reaching a combined total of 552 games, a record by a father and son in VFL/AFL football history. 

To commemorate Dustin and Ken Fletcher setting a new League record for games played by a father and son, a graphically designed lithograph has been produced. An ideal Father’s Day present, the details are as follows;

Ken & Dustin Fletcher – Most games as father and son in VFL/AFL history

Approx Size:            700mm x 500mm  
Limited edition:      100 only
Other Features:       Certificate of Authenticity, a-Tag
Signature:               Personally signed by Ken Fletcher & Dustin Fletcher
$595

Ken & Dustin Fletcher

Ken & Dustin Fletcher

Aug 15, 2008

Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

Order one of these limited edition Beijing Olympics Celebration prints, signed by legendary Aussies Grant Hackett and James Tomkins.

Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

Aug 15, 2008

Robert Harvey – The Extraordinary

This commerorative print celebrates the extraordinary career of St.Kilda’s Brownlow Medallist Robert Harvey.

Aug 14, 2008

Darren Millane Painting

Spectacular artwork by Jamie Cooper capturing the essense of The Raging Bull, Collingwood’s Darren Millane on Victoria Park. Limited edition prints taken from Jamie’s original artwork.

Darren Millane - By Jamie Cooper

Darren Millane - By Jamie Cooper

Aug 14, 2008

Royce Hart Painting

More classic artwork from Jaimie Cooper, capturing the Richmond Tiger’s Legend Royce Hart. Limited edition prints taken from the Jaimie Cooper original.

Royce Hart - By Jamie Cooper

Royce Hart - By Jamie Cooper

Aug 14, 2008

Darrel Baldock Painting

Stunning limited edition print from the artwork of Jamie Cooper celebrating the St.Kilda legend Darrel Baldock.

Darrel Baldock - by Jamie Cooper

Darrel Baldock - by Jamie Cooper

Aug 13, 2008

Triple Deat Heat

Classic image of perhaps the rarest event in Asutralia Horse Racing History, the Triple Deat Heat from Flemington Derby Day in 1956. This limited edition print is high quality, professionally color tinted and gold embellished.

Triple Dead Heat

Triple Dead Heat

Aug 8, 2008

Andrew McLeod 300 Game Jumper

Limited edition set of Andrew McLeod signed jumpers celebrating his amazing career with the Adelaide Crows, which included 2 Norm Smith medals. Only 100 being made. All personally signed by Andrew McLeod.

Andrew McLeod 300 games jumper

Andrew McLeod 300 games jumper

Aug 8, 2008

Ricky Ponting – The Ultimate Leader

Celebration piece of the career of the Australian Cricket Team Captain and one of the world’s best ever batsman Ricky Ponting.

680mm x 1000mm
Officially Licensed by Cricket Australia
250gsm Satin Art stock

Ricky Ponting - The Ultimate Leader

Ricky Ponting - The Ultimate Leader

 

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