|Guns revealed as waters receded. (Ynet,|
photo by Yoav Zitun)
Photographs in the Library of Congress - American Colony collection erase all speculation and show that the Turkish-German army was well dug-in along the shores of the Dead Sea. The weapons are certainly theirs.
|A British soldier looks over the Dead Sea shore from captured|
Turkish trenches (1918). View another picture of
Turkish defense lines here
World War I was not only fought in Europe; the war was waged in the Middle East for four years and was conducted from the Suez Canal, all the way north to Damascus and east to Amman. After a slugfest in Gaza, the British army captured Beersheva and then Jerusalem in December 1917. But major battles continued in Palestine in 1918 along a line from Megiddo in the west, through Nablus in the northern hills, and to Jericho in the Jordan Valley.
|Turkish naval officers at their Dead Sea|
|Turkish boat being transported to|
the Dead Sea (circa 1917)
|British engineers with German POWs "boatbuilding" (1918), |
posed in front of the "Adela"