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Edmund Allenby

Field Marshall Viscount Allenby of Jerusalem with King Feisal of Baghdad, from With Lawrence in Arabia by Lowell Thomas

Field Marshall Viscount Allenby of Jerusalem with King Feisal of Baghdad, from With Lawrence in Arabia by Lowell Thomas

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Field Marshall Viscount Allenby of Jerusalem with King Feisal of Baghdad, from With Lawrence in Arabia by Lowell Thomas

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Commander of the cavalry of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in 1914.

Allenby commanded the Third Army in the Battle of Arras, which began on April 9, 1917. The British met with some initial success, but they continued to try to break through in the same sector, as the defenses strengthened.

Allenby was held responsible for the failure of the cavalry to break through gaps in the German lines, and was transferred to the Palestine Front, replacing Murray.

He led the forces that occupied Jerusalem on December 9, 1917, and entered the city on foot.

On October 1, 1918, Allenby took Damascus in Syria. He continued advancing, and was approaching Mosul in Mesopotamia when Turkey capitulated.

April 23, 1861

Great Britain

Roles held by Edmund Allenby

Role Start Date End Date
Combatant - General

Books by or about Edmund Allenby (1)

Title Author
Reputations Ten Years After B.H. Liddell Hart