|Kress von Kressensten|
But the man at the front, in the forward defense lines, was Maj. Gen. Harry Chauvel, an Australian commanding the ANZAC Mounted Division, consisting of the 1st and 2nd Brigades of Australian Light Horse with the British Territorial 52nd (Lowland) Division, and soon reinforced by the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade and other units.
|A Young Harry Chauvel|
|Chauvel After the War|
Kress von Kressenstein might be the Prussian professional soldier, with a name to match, but a horse soldier from New South Wales was going to be master of the coming battle.
The British front line was at Romani, to which the British had built a rail line, and which lay near the ruins of ancient Pelusium.
By the battle, British and ANZAC forces would number some 14,000, Ottoman/German/Austrian some 17,000.
The British were entrenched with their left on the Mediterranean and the Bardawil lagoon, the main force on a ridge they called Wellington Ridge, and built a line of fortifications along sand hills to a large dune called Katib Gannit.
The action would begin the night of August 3, and develop on August 4 and 5. We'll pick up the story tomorrow.
|Light Horse Encampment at Romani|