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My work of writing or rewriting virtually all the articles describing the Sinai and Palestine Campaign of the First World War to B-class and quite a few to GA, which began on a Bloomsday in June 2010 three and a half years ago, ended on 2 January 2014.

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Because you have kept cool when you dealt with personal attacks and incivility aimed against you. Antidiskriminator (talk) 07:37, 27 November 2013 (UTC)
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I am so impressed with your work on the Sinai/Palestine campaign. Hawkeye7 (talk) 19:31, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
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For writing the wonderful article on the Charge at Irbid :). Ironholds (talk) 19:26, 28 September 2012 (UTC)
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For your fantastic work and efforts with the Sinai and Palestine campaign, especially with the images! Droodkin (talk) 04:50, 19 October 2012 (UTC)
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In recognition of your efforts on the Sinai-Palestine campaign. I would have liked to have done more work on these articles myself, but am pleased that they are in such good hands. Hawkeye7 (talk) 23:22, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
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In recognition of the herculean effort he or she has invested in First Transjordan attack on Amman (1918) so far, I am pleased to award RoslynSKP the long-overdue Editor's Barnstar. Keep it up! Cheers --Sp33dyphil ©© 07:11, 10 November 2011 (UTC)
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Awarded to RoslynSKP, for all your hard work around the topic of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign of the First World War during 2010. Keep up the hard work! AustralianRupert (talk) 02:12, 2 January 2011 (UTC)
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  • Indefinitely topic banned from any article relating to "Turkish military history in and predating World War One"; first appeal 22:56, 23.9.14
  • Indefinitely prohibited from changing "Turkey" or "Turkish" to "Ottoman" on any article; first appeal 22:56, 23.12.14
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COPY POST "ArbCom never take that into account. Consider the case of RoslynSKP, who had a better editing record and a spotlessly clean block sheet to boot, and was ideffed by ArbCom without any mention of either. Hawkeye7 (talk) 11:19, 22 November 2014 (UTC)"

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"an edit or a series of consecutive edits what undoes other editors' actions, whether in whole or in part, counts as one revert." "Revert means any edit (or administrative action) that reverses the actions of other editors, in whole or in part, whether involving the same or different material."

Decision reached on 23 December 2013 without any analysis of the Evidence at 1.4 [23] on the Workshop page. The basis for, [24] and the procedures followed by the MILHIST project, [25] when agreeing to change the name of the Ottoman Empire during World War I to Turkey, were not evaluated.
Decision [26]

Attempted 27.12.13 revisit 28 June 2014 Could the MILHIST discussion revisit its decision [27] on the basis that –

a) the common name which is relevant to the choice of article name Wikipedia:Article name#Use commonly recognizable names, should not be used when naming an historical state, country or government, and

b) there is nothing in the original quote relied on to change the name of an empire, to sustain such action. The exact wording reads:

"[m]any 'Western' history books (including virtually all histories of the Gallipoli campaign) use the terms 'Ottomans' and 'Turks', and 'Ottoman Empire' and 'Turkey' as if they are interchangeable. The words may be synonymous to English-speaking peoples, but in fact they have quite specific historical meanings." [Fewster, Basarin, Basarin pp. xi-ii]

Articles created 2013[edit]

  • Battle of Hareira and Sheria originally created separately as Battle of Hareira on 4.3.13 and Battle of Sheria on 30.3.13 recreated on 7.6.13 moved out of userspace 15.6.13; awarded B-class 16.6.13
The Wavell p.134 Map issue [29]

[File:AWMP0544.004AlbatrosD5.jpg] should be File:AWMP02544.004AlbatrosD5.jpg

  • Battle of Tel el Khuweilfe created 20.3.13; moved out of userspace 4.6.13; awarded B-class 4.6.13; submitted for Guild copyedit 15.6.13; completed 17.6.13;

Articles reconstructed 2013[edit]

  • Charge at Huj see Huj rewrite 16.11.13
  • Raid on the Suez Canal 2–15 January reconstructed with cited sources and moved from old Defence of Suez Canal article
  • Third Battle of Gaza awarded B-class 23.5.13 submitted for Guild copyedit 25.5.13; copy edit completed on 12.8.13; ready for GAR 12.8.13; submitted for GAR 23.9.13; withdrawn from GAR 23.1.14.

Awarded Good Article[edit]

  • Battle of Beersheba (1917) expanded 18.2. to 2.3.13, awarded B-class 13.5.13 submitted for Guild copyedit 25.5.13; copy edit completed on 12.8.13 see [30]; ready for GAR 12.8.13; submitted for GAR 1.9.13; awarded GA 4.11.13

Articles created 2012[edit]

Awarded Good Article[edit]

  • Capture of Jenin created article 13.3.12 moved out of userspace 25.3.12; re edit finished 30.6.12; copyedit requested 1.7.12 ; copyedit complete 25.7.12 needs to be checked along with Jim Sweeney's copyedit; ok 30.8.12; copyedit in process on 6.8.13 comparing with 06:39, 20 July 2012 version copyedit complete submitted for GAR 7.8.13; awarded GA 12.10.13
  • Battle of Samakh created article 21.2.12 moved out of userspace 27.3.12; re edit finished ready for copyedit 1.7.12; copyedit requested 22.7.12; guild copyedit begun 20.8.12; Jim Sweeney's copyedit continues; ok 30.8.12; double check from 14 July; double checked; submitted for GAR 3.8.13; awarded GA 22.9.13
  • Third Transjordan attack created 16.4.12 - 530 views up to 1/5/12; 911 by 9/5/12 moved out of userspace 13.5.12 ; re edited up to battle 19-20 2.7.12; viewed 597 times 13/5-3/7/12; re edit complete ready for copyedit 11.7.12; ok 31.8.12; copyedit requested 7.9.12 completed 25.9.12; submitted for GAR 8.10.12 removed from GAR nominations; resubmitted for GAR 12.11.12; began 31.12.12; awarded GA 2.2.13
  • Battle of Sharon (1918) created article 14.2.12 moved out of userspace 6.4.12; 1,165 views in 30 days to 1/5/12; 1,623 views in 60 days from 5/5-5/7/12; re edited finished ready for copyedit 4.7.12; copy edit requested 18.7.12; completed 19.7.12 with radically different citations; submitted for GAR 22.7.12; clean up 7.8.12; ok 30.8.12;GA review started 09:48 28.11.12 failed 11:44 28.11.12;ce following GA reviewers suggestions complete 11.12.12; resubmitted for GAR 12.12.12; awarded GA 10.1.13
  • Battle of Nazareth (1918) created article 26.2.12 moved out of userspace 10.3.12; re edit finished 15.6.12; copyedit requested 25.6.12 ;copyedit complete 25.7.12 needs to be checked along with Jim Sweeney's copyedit; ok 30.8.12; submitted for GAR 30.10.12;GAR start 30.11.12; discontinued 2.12.12; awarded GA 11.12.12
  • Capture of Tiberias (1918) created 12.7.12; ready for copy edit 13.7.12; ok 31.8.12; copyedit requested 7.9.12 completed 4.10.12; submitted for GAR 5.10.12;GAR start 30.11.12; awarded GA 4.12.12
  • Battle of Tulkarm (1918) created article 21.2.12 moved out of userspace 27.2.12; re edit finished 3.6.12; copyedit requested 6/6/12 requested info added 12.6.12 viewed 1391 times in 90 days; resubmitted for copyedit 16.6.12; copyedit complete 28.6.12; submitted for GAR 28.6.12; awarded GA 30.7.12 ok31.8.12
  • Battle of Tabsor (1918) created article 25.2.12 moved out of userspace 4.3.12; re edit finished 12.6.12; copyedit requested 16.6.12; copyedit complete 18.7.12; submitted for GAR 18.7.12; cleanup 3.8.12; ok 30.8.12 awarded GA 16.10.12
  • Capture of Afulah and Beisan created article 11.3.12 moved out of userspace 16.3.12; 1,002 views from 16/3 to 1/5/12; copyedit requested 15.5.12; copyedit complete 7.7.12; submitted for GAR 8.7.12; cleanup 1.8.12; ok 30.8.12; awarded GA 6.9.12
  • Battle of Nablus (1918) created 25.3.12 686 views between 8-29 April; moved out of userspace 29.4.12; submitted for copyedit 22.5.12; copyedit complete 2.6.12; submitted for GAR 5/6/12; awarded GA 6.7.12 ok 31.8.12

Articles created 2011[edit]

Articles created 2010[edit]

Reconstructed articles[edit]

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  • Battle of Rafa ready for a copyedit ; check Anzac DONE; rewrite complete, submitted for guild copyedit 24.9.13; copyedit complete 3.10.13 ready for GAR; submit for GAR 13.10.13; withdrawn from GAR 23.1.14
  • First Battle of Gaza ; check Anzac DONE; substantially rewritten and reconstructed with cited sources; request Guild copyedit 8.10.13; copyedit completed 5.11.13; gained B-class and submitted for GAR 10.11.13; withdrawn from GAR 23.1.14
  • Second Battle of Gaza ; check Anzac DONE; substantially rewritten and reconstructed with cited sources; need to check Falls Ottoman and German sources Done; comparing 09:19 20.1.13 done; Guild copyedit requested 16.10.13; copyedit complete 19.11.13
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XX Corps.

10th (Irish) Division (arrived September, 1917). 53rd Division 60th (London) Division (arrived June, 1917). 74th (Yeomanry) Division (formed January, 1917, left for France, May, 1918).

XXI Corps.

3rd (Lahore) Division (arrived April, 1918). 7th (Meerut) Division (arrived January, 1918). 52nd Division (left for France, April, 1918). 54th Division. 75th (Territorial and Indian) Division (arrived October, 1917).

The 42nd Division, which served in the desert advance, left for France early in March, 1917.

AIR FORCE At the end of 1917 or during the summer of 1918 the Palestine Brigade, R.A.F.. was organised and the air strength was increased to these proportions :-
5th (Corps) Wing.

No. 14 Squadron, R.A.F. No. 113 Squadron, R.A.F. No. 142 Squadron, R.A.F.

40th (Army) Wing.

No. 111 Squadron, R.A F. No. 144 Squadron, R.A.F. No. 145 Squadron, R.A.F. No. 1 Squadron, A.F.C. No. 21 Balloon Company – Nos. 49, 50, and 57 Balloon Sections. [Cutlack, The Official History of the Australian Flying Corps, pp. 67–8]

PHOTO AWM P01541.008 'Group portrait of five officers, left to right back: Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col) Cecil Horace Granville, 1st Light Horse Regiment; Lt Col Lachlan Chisholm Wilson, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Lt. Col. George Macbeay M. Onslow DSO (1 January 1917), 7th Light Horse Regiment. Front row Lt. Col Thomas John Todd, 10th Light Horse Regiment and Lt. Col. C.J. McDonald, Australian Army Medical Corps.'

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The Second Army returned from the Italian front in May 1918 to the Ypres salient, subsequently advancing through to the Rhine during the final offensive. [Blenkinsop 1925 p. 79] Veterinary sections were tested during these advances and pursuits when their access to the railway may remain the same, resulting in conducting parties convoying sick animals over extended distances.[Blenkinsop 1925 p. 78] Among the plans made prior to the final advance were the evacuation of sick and wounded animals. Marching cases were to be sent along unfrequented road, when a series of short stages of "sick-horse halts" were arranged for the animals from each division, on their march to the reception veterinary hospital at St. Omer administered by the DDVS Second Army (formerly No. 23 Advanced Veterinary Hospital). River transport was also planned while rail was reserved for more serious cases.[Blenkinsop 1925 pp. 79–81] During the final offensive, a large proportion of the casualties suffered by the Second Army; 431 (260 fatal) from enemy shellfire and 69 (44) fatal) from bombs were "evacuated by the barges under ideal conditions for this type of cases." [Blenkinsop 1925 p. 81]

They successfully stopped a major German led Ottoman advance at the Battle of Romani and captured major Turkish strongholds at Magdhaba in August and December 1916 and at the Rafah in early 1917. Along with British infantry, they participated mounted in the First, dismounted in the Second and mounted in the Third Battles of Gaza. As a result of casualties the Anzac Mounted Division was reformed with three brigades and the Australian Mounted Division was formed about this time with three brigades. These two divisions were, along with the Yeomanry Mounted Division formed into Desert Mounted Corps and along with British infantry participated mounted and dismounted in the Battle of Mughar Ridge and dismounted in the Battle of Jerusalem (1917) towards the end of 1917. In February 1918 along with British infantry they captured Jericho and in March the Anzac Mounted Division and 60th (London) Infantry Division participated in the First Transjordan attack on Amman (1918). A month later these two divisions along with the Australian Mounted Division participated in the Second Transjordan attack on Shunet Nimrin and Es Salt across the Jordan River. The Desert Mounted Corps occupied the Jordan Valley during the summer and in mid September participated in the Battle of Megiddo (1918); the Anzac Mounted Division captured Amman (capturing 10,300 prisoners in nine days), while the Australian and Yeomanry Mounted Divisions along with the British XXth Corps participated in the main attack on Ottoman positions on the coast and north across the Plain of Sharon while the XXIst Corps fought in the Judean Hills capturing Nablus. These victories led to the capture of Damascus and Aleppo. After the armistice troopers reoccupied Gallipoli in December 1918. and New Zealand Mounted Division|accessdate=2010-04-06|publisher=University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy

Horses were also ridden by officers of the Egyptian Camel Transport Corps in Egypt and the Levant during the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns. Lieutenant Joseph McPherson describes his horse's duties and final days at El Arish in January 1917:

'In the last months Tammuz and I had many happy times and merry picnics in Sinai … Convoy conducting was a pleasure with Tammuz. He walked demurely at the head of the convoy setting the pace, carried me back to the rear in no time if a whistle was passed up that something was wrong, and whirled me to the front again like a flame of fire in a way that made the natives exclaim: Truly by the life of the Prophet this is an afreet and no horse.

When we halted he became a rigid statue. When we bivouacked he could safely be left untethered (provided there was no loose water to steal),and when our convoy route took us through a narrow pass he often carried me over the rugged, glittering heights above where we had a bird's eye view of the convoy, perhaps several miles long, winding snake–like along. And when our way took us through some recent battlefield he took me far afield on both flanks to gather loot and note strange and gruesome spectacles, without losing touch with the convoy.

The last weeks of Tammuz's life, passed at El Arish, were perhaps his happiest – as they were amongst the pleasantest his master has ever known. Neither of us cared a twopenny damn for bombs and other devices of the War which made life ten times sweeter by showing one that it is a glorious gift of the gods, of active, almost infinite enjoyment, and not a mere humdrum matter–of–course, marking time indefinitely.

The water was cold, sweet and abundant, the air like wine, rations for man and beast good and plentiful, and man and beast full of life, good temper and fun. The glittering green wadi, the River of Egypt as the Scriptures call it, flowed as it were between the clear, pure, sparkling sand of the hills, and there in the wadi, Tammuz was welcome to all sorts of green succulent luxuries, whilst his rider chattered with their Bedouin owners, and surprised them by paying for what he or his horse took, unlike their recent Turkish masters; or if that offended them, by an exchange of little presents.

It was the end or near the end of a so far perfect day. Never a cloud in the sky, but the cloudlets from the bursting shrapnel of the Archibalds [artillery] in their attempt to down the audacious Fritz. A gallop at sunrise; a swim in the sea for us both and a good lunch; a pleasant ride to the Intelligence OC and a little roaming about El Arish. A glorious ride in a wonderful sunset then rest in camp. Before turning in pleasantly tired out I saw Tammuz lying in one of his quaint attitudes of abandon, on his side with his legs stretched out. Then after wishing one another goodnight I was soon asleep and Tammuz doubtless in much the same condition.

Suddenly I was half awakened by being dragged on to the sand from my camp bed. I opened my eyes to see a new officer who was sharing my tent and who had been responsible for this manoeuvre throwing himself down at my side. At the same instant a curious pulsating whirr, very loud and very near, ended in a crash that shock the ground and almost stunned us. The tent was shaken as by a terrific wind and several holes appeared in the canvas.

A beastly near thing, that, said Lieutenant Kelly, the new officer, and there's more coming. Lie down, lie down. Rot, I replied, it's a scientific impossibility for a plane to throw two bombs on the same spot. Granted,' he expostulated, but there are a lot more than one plane over us. The camp's big enough for a score of them, I said, but realised from the crumping going on that this was the biggest bombing any of us had as yet put up with … The rain of bombs had almost ceased, but the planes swooped down from time to time and sent a hail of machine–gun bullets into the camp. However a few planes had a bomb or two left and one fell about eighty yards from us. Where did that one drop? I asked with secret misgivings. Bang in the middle of our horse lines, replied Kelly. Good God, I yelled, in the horse lines, and sprinted down to where I had left Tammuz happily asleep.

The camp was flooded with the clear light of a full moon, but here and there a smoke wraith blurred the general glory and marked where a bomb had fallen. A blacker pall hung over the horse lines and under it several fine beasts lay dead and others were in the last agonies, but the moon shone on Tammuz lying much as I had left him, but three of his legs were desperately galloping, the fourth had been almost torn away, and from the severed femoral and other arteries his life's blood was gushing. He stopped galloping as I came up and there was the same old friendly half humorous look in his dimmed eye, and then it glazed over, but as I patted his neck and rubbed his nose and talked to him, his beautiful mane seemed to shake. It may have been a transient breeze, or the gentle breath of the Angel of Death; but in any case it was the last sign of life that ever came from Tammuz.

When I returned to the tent, Kelly was very pale and was sitting on the sand doing something to his leg. I can't stop this infernal bleeding, he said, for Christ's sake, jump on old Tammuz's back and gallop for the MO. I know you don't bother about saddles.

The next day a fatigue party from my men sorrowfully dragged Tammuz's remains down to a green and flowery spot in the wadi and reverently buried him under the grass and flowers and put up a little horse shoe of wood: and under a rough representation of the sun, the symbol of Tammuz, (and a 'Crux Ansata', which concealed a secret hope for Tammuz like that of the Red Indian for his dog) I wrote (in a scroll of Scarlet Pimpernels) ...

My day's delight is past, my horse is gone
Erected by Lieut. McPherson in
Memory of his Horse and Comrade, Tammuz
Killed in Action
19.1.17' [B. Carman & J. McPherson eds. 1983, pp. 184–6]

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"180th Infantry Brigade (in which the word "Infantry" is always omitted unless the context demands that the formation shall be distinguished from a cavalry brigade)." [Falls 1930 Vol. 2 p. xiii]


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