Es Salt Raid (World War 1, 30 April 1918 to 3 May 1918)

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About This Campaign

 

The Es Salt Raid

Es Salt, a village in Palestine 23 km west of Amman, was the scene of heavy fighting between 30 April and 3 May 1918.

The fighting occurred as part of the second "raid" mounted east of the Jordan River by General Sir Edmund Allenby's Egyptian Expeditionary Force. The actual raiding troops - the Australian Mounted, ANZAC Mounted, and British 60th Infantry Divisions, and the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade - were commanded by Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel.

Their aim was to secure a launching point for operations against the key railway junction at Deraa. The operation progressed well initially with Es Salt being seized by the evening of 30 April.

Increasingly determined Turkish resistance, including counter-attacks that threatened the flanks and rear of the advanced elements of the raiding force, eventually forced a withdrawal back to the Jordan on 3 May 1918.

The raid failed in its objectives but did serve a purpose in that it encouraged Turkish commanders to believe Allenby's next major effort would be launched across the Jordan, when in fact it would be launched along the coastal plain.

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HEINZ, Ernest Ted

Service number 1128
Trooper
11th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born Jul 1892

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HAMILTON, John Helenus Scott

Service number 156
Private
11th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 27 Apr 1888

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PRIESTLEY (PRIESTLY) , Philip Henry

Service number Officer
Major
8th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 23 Dec 1871

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RUSHTON, James

Service number 942
Sergeant
3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
AIF WW1
Born Jun 1894

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BAKER, William

Service number 373
Corporal
9th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born May 1893

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LUXMOORE , Ernest Marshall

Service number Officer
Captain
9th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 18 Jul 1883

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STANGER, Leslie Rex

Service number N102207
Private
19 Employment Company
Australian Military Forces (AMF) - WW2
Born 19 Jun 1892

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ANDERSON, Colin

Service number N2909
Lieutenant Colonel
24 Light Horse Regiment (AMF)
Australian Military Forces (AMF) - WW2
Born 30 Nov 1890

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