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The Most Orderly of Cities: Nablus At The End Of The Great War

Palestine Square | ميدان فلسـطيـن

In July of 1918, the final year of the Great War, British Field Marshal Sir Edmund Allenby looked to capitalize on numerous small summer operations in the Judean hills in order to push northward through the mountainous interior of Palestine. Some seven months after his triumphant – if not heavily symbolic – horseback ride into the old city of Jerusalem, Allenby wrote he was “very anxious to make a move in September.” His goal was the capture of the road to Salt as well as the Ottoman Seventh and Eighth Army headquarters in Nablus and Tulkarem, respectively.

In spite of the fall of Jerusalem and an Allied advance during the summer of 1918, Ottoman troops – most of which were severely underfed and poorly clothed – ferociously resisted the loss of further ground. Unfortunately, by late September the situation looked dire for the beleaguered Turkish forces in northern Palestine. Allenby’s plan to…

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