|Handwritten caption: "The Mayor of Jerusalem Hussein Effendi El Husseini meeting |
with Srgts Sedwick and Hurcomb..., London Regiment, under the White Flag of
Surrender, December 9th at 8 a.m." The white flag was a bed sheet
taken from the American Colony residence. (1917, Library of Congress)
Let's skip to the end and view how the war concluded in Jerusalem in December 1917.
The British forces stalled in their attempt to capture Palestine through Gaza. A daring attack across the desert to Be'er Sheva in October 1917 opened the path to Jerusalem.
Click here for more on the surrender of Jerusalem to two British army sergeants.
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The Middle East fighting continued until October 1918, after major battles in Megiddo, Jericho and Damascus.
|Turkish troops arriving in Jerusalem from nearby positions, before fleeing the city |
(1917, stereograph photo, Monash University archives)
|British General Edmund Allenby's arrival in Jerusalem via the Jaffa Gate|
after the city's surrender (1917, Library of Congress)