Field Marshal Lord Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe, 1925

Samuel Fisher

Field Marshal Lord Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe, 1925
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Field Marshal Lord Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe GCB, GCMG, 1925 (c).

Oil on canvas by Samuel Fisher (1856-1939), 1925 (c).

During World War One (1914-18) Allenby commanded the British Expeditionary Force's Cavalry Division, winning praise for his leadership during the retreat from Mons (1914). Allenby took command of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) in June 1917 and set about improving its organisation, efficiency and discipline. He also embarked on morale-boosting visits to the front, something his predecessor had neglected. Allenby also encouraged irregular warfare, increasing support for Colonel T. E. Lawrence's revolt. These changes revitalised the campaign. Victory during the 3rd Battle of Gaza (October-November 1917) was followed by the capture of Jerusalem (December 1917), an event that made him a national hero. The need to reinforce the Western Front during the German Spring Offensive meant that Allenby lacked the troops necessary to push on, but in August 1918 enough men had arrived to resume the offensive. Victory at Meggiddo (September 1918) secured the decisive break through and the EEF quickly advanced, taking Damascus and Aleppo, before the Turks sued for peace in October 1918.

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NAM. 2003-05-169-1

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