Battle of Beersheba app released as part of Days in Conflict series

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A free app on the Battle of Beersheba is now available to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle.

The Days in Conflict app series was created by the ABC in conjunction with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to educate new audiences about some of Australia’s major campaigns of the First World War.

The Beersheba app is the fourth in the series and follows apps on Gallipoli, Fromelles and Pozieres, and the Third Battle of Ypres.

Developed for tablets and online, the apps are designed for schools, universities and the general public who are interested in the events of the Great War.

Users of the Beersheba app can listen to stories from the battlefields of the Sinai Palestine campaign voiced by Richard Roxburgh, explore 3D battlefields, dioramas, and a wealth of other resources to gain a rich understanding of the history.

The charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba, on the afternoon of 31 October 1917, was a turning point for the Allies against the Ottoman and German Empires in the Middle Eastern theatre of the war.

The app begins by outlining the events which unfolded at Beersheba as part of the broader Sinai-Palestine campaign:

“Decisive victory at Beersheba fell to one of the last great charges of mounted troops in history.

“As Australian Light Horse Divisions captured the town and secured crucial water wells, their success also marked the beginning of the end of the war in the Middle East. This end came exactly a year to the day after success at Beersheba.”

Published by the ABC in co-operation with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the app is available from Google Play and the Apple App Store on tablets or by visiting: www.abc.net.au/ww1-anzac/beersheba/.