Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Yeomany Charge at Huj, November 8, 1917

On this date, in 1917, the Worcestershire Yeomanry, Warwickshire Yeomanry, executed a successful mounted charge against retreating Ottoman forces at Huj.  The charge was costly, resulting in 26 deaths and a further 40 wounded in action.  Ottoman causalities were, however, higher.  The charge cleared the way for a resumed British advance.  An officer veteran of the charge has noted.
The Charge at Huj had it occurred in a minor war would have gone down to history like the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. In the Great War when gallant deeds were being enacted on all fronts almost daily it was merely an episode, but as the Official Historian remarks, for sheer bravery, the episode remains unmatched.

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