Title: The Great War in the Middle East – The Desert Campaigns & How Jerusalem Was Won
Author: Massey, W T
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2009
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 368 pages
Comments: W. T Massey was the foremost accredited journalist reporting on behalf of the London newspapers covering the Great War in the Middle East as it was fought against the Ottoman Turkish Empire, its German ally and the tribes of the region who threw in their lot with them.
He possessed a deeply held conviction that this theatre of operations was far more important than those who only concerned themselves with the conflict in Europe believed. He was particularly aware of the hardships suffered by British and Colonial troops serving in difficult climates and over unrelenting terrain and he became, through his long association with the entire campaign, a champion of those who fought in it.
This volume in the two book edition which covers the complete conflict from the war in the Western Desert against the Senussi to the actions at Aleppo and beyond-begins appropriately with the first book, ‘The Desert Campaigns’ and follows with the campaign that culminated in Allenby’s historic walk into Jerusalem in ‘How Jerusalem was Won.’ Part history, part first hand account this is a valuable history imbued with the insight of one who was there.