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The capture of the Beersheba of Scripture (Bir-es Sba, as marked on modern maps, according to the Turkish official name for the city) on November x was the all-important initial step in the series of victorious operations which have planted the British flag on Jerusalem. In its strategical result, the blow shook to its foundations and disintegrated the Turko-German defensive system throughout Palestine, opening for G-epral Allenby at the same time the main highway by road to the Holy City from the south, toether with the Beersheba-Jerusalem
railway lie. Results ensued swiftly. The success at Beersheba was followed, just a week later, by the storming of the Gaza fortified positions and the capture of the city of Gaza. Then, after npt many days, came the capture of Jaffa, and its very important harbour, as another key-place in the Turkish defence-system. Meanwhile, the victors at Beersheba were con- solidating their position and steadily forcing back the rear-guards of the enemy towards Jerusalem, the capture of which was announced on December so.