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On-Outpost

On Outpost

  Copyright © Jennifer Marshall 2014, 61 x 85 cm oil

This section on outpost duty have positioned themselves on a rocky ridge that gives them a commanding view of the area. On the lookout for enemy incursions or ambushes, they are ready to ride at a moment’s notice to send warning to their Regiment. This was the experience of Ion Idriess on 1st November 1917 ,while on outpost following the taking of Beersheba.

“Next morning, our mobile regiment was detached for reconnaissance duty up the Hebron road down which old Abraham had travelled to Beersheba. ... Behind us and far to the left roared the fight along the line of Ras el Nagb-Tel Khuweilfe redoubts where our mounted troops were hurrying to the help of the 20th Infantry Corps. Even the air we breathed seemed impregnated with the fever of great events. We had no idea what was happening away toward Gaza, we guessed. The sky was blue as blue could be, but tense , throbbing under a fierce cannon thunderstorm. But we of  the Desert Corps had turned the Turkish left flank and captured the precious water... They (the Turks) held a hilltop, seemingly equipped with only two mountain-guns. For some hours we watched them... So long as no heavy reinforcements came marching down from Hebron and Dharayieh to strike our fellows fighting behind Beersheba, everything was all right with the regiment. From a craggy peak that overlooked that weird country, we on outpost saw distantly, screeching like a wounded bird, a taube spin down and in frantic efforts to right its drooping wings crash among the hills... The taube had swooped low to bomb the 8th light Horse, but the lads’ volleyed bullets had avenged their colonel.
      Presently four of our armoured cars came spinning merrily along that old road. They chugged within nice range of Jacko, but he kept quiet as a mouse. We had just time to gallop a man down and warn the motorists that they were riding straight into a Turkish ambush. They wheeled around and we laughed. It seemed seconds only before they were dust-clouds flying towards home and Beersheba. Jacko
must have cursed us for our interfering  spoil-sports.”

DESERT COLUMN,  Ion L Idriess, p.253, 254

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I picked up the print today from our nosy small town postal worker. "What did you get from Australia?" she asked. When I remarked that it was a print of the Australian Light Horse in WWI all that generated was a very puzzled look.
In any event the print is absolutely gorgeous . . . better "in person" than on the website! Thanks so much for sending it out so fast. Now I've got to make some wall space available . . .
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Dear Mr. Marshall,

Your print on canvas "The Charge" was given to me at my retirement dinner by my officers of the Special Operations Component, Coral Springs Police Department in Coral Springs, Florida. Trully stunning rendition which captures the excitement of the moment while conveying a warmth of comeradeship to the end. It will hang in my study above my collection of King and Country Lighthorsemen collectibles.

I served 35 years with Coral Springs Police Department with the last four years as Captain of the S.O.C. which is 26 officers strong with various units (Tactical & Gang, K-9, Bikes and Substations).

Your painting made my day, thank you, F McK.