AUSTRALIAN soldiers have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba by re-enacting the famous charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade.

The troops had marched through the desert for two days to arrive in time for yesterday's (Australian time) commemoration at Beersheba, Israel.

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Once there, the troops formed up in line and rode out in front of large, appreciative crowd.

The Australian soldiers said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the re-enactment.

"It's absolutely amazing being on this ride," Lieutenant Ryan Abil of the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) said.

"The experience I've gained, just through riding through the desert, and the heat, and just the environment, is absolutely amazing.

"It's an incredible experience."

Lieutenant Colonel John Molnar of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales' Light Horse Regiment said the re-enactment was "an incredibly proud moment".

The 1917 charge against Turkish defences left the city of Beersheba in Australian hands and opened up a route to Gaza.


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