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The Arab Revolt

Colonel T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, from With Lawrence in Arabia by Lowell Thomas

Colonel T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, from With Lawrence in Arabia by Lowell Thomas

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The Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire.

June 1916, Arab Revolt in Hejaz takes Mecca.

King Feisal

T.E. Lawrence, staff officer (?) in Cairo was dispatched to bring the Arab population into the war on the Allied side. Lawrence offered the Arabs independence, more than he would be able to deliver as the French and English had no intention of turning Palestine over to the native population.

>Lawrence, ???, and his Arab forces fought a guerilla war against the Turks in the desert and along the coast and the Hejaz railway from Medina north to Maan. And beyond? On ???? Lawrence led a force across the Sinai Desert that captured the Turkish garrison town of Akaba at the head of the narrow Gulf of Akaba, a spur of the Gulf of Suez. The town was well defended against attack from the sea and from the north and east, the direction of the railway, but not from the west, where the desert presented a seemingly impregnable defense.

As the British developed the infrastructure to supply its forces, the Turks withdraw northwards, harried by Lawrence and the Arabs.