Skip to main content

Egyptian Expeditionary Force

Articles

The Imperial Camel Corps

The Imperial Camel Corps, which included two New Zealand companies, played a vital role in the Sinai and Palestine campaigns during the First World War. Between 400 and 450 New Zealanders fought in the Corps, and 41 died before the two New Zealand companies were disbanded in mid-1918. Read the full article

Page 3 - New Zealand Camel Companies

In August 1916 No 15 (New Zealand) Company, Imperial Camel Corps, was formed from men originally intended as reinforcements for the New Zealand Mounted Rifles

Sinai campaign

The Sinai campaign is less well known than other First World War campaigns like Gallipoli and those on the Western Front. But it was here, in the harsh, arid desert, that the Allies took the first major step towards their ultimate victory over the Ottoman Turks in the Middle East. Read the full article

Page 1 - Sinai campaign

The Sinai campaign is less well known than other First World War campaigns like Gallipoli and those on the Western Front. But it was here, in the harsh, arid desert, that the

Page 2 - Overview

The Sinai campaign arose from a change in British thinking about the defence of the Suez

Page 3 - Action at Katia

In March 1916 the commander of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF), General Sir Archibald Murray, ordered his forces to occupy the area around the Katia oasis, 40 km east of

Page 5 - Battle of Magdhaba

By mid-December 1916 the Egyptian Expeditionary Force had advanced across the Sinai to within sight of the original objective of the campaign, the town of El

Page 6 - Battle of Rafah

If the British failed to capture Rafah quickly they risked being overwhelmed by large Ottoman forces sent from

Palestine campaign

The British invasion of Ottoman-held Palestine in 1917-18 was the third - and last - campaign launched by the Allies against the Ottoman Turks in the Middle East during the First World War. Read the full article

Page 1 - Palestine campaign

The British invasion of Ottoman-held Palestine in 1917-18 was the third - and last - campaign launched by the Allies against the Ottoman Turks in the Middle East during the First

Page 2 - Overview

Victory in Sinai led to pressure from the British government, led by new Prime Minister Lloyd George, to invade Ottoman-controlled Palestine in

Page 3 - First Battle of Gaza

The commander of Eastern Force mistakenly thought that the Egyptian Expeditionary Force could capture Gaza in March 1917 by using essentially the same tactics as those employed at

Page 4 - Second Battle of Gaza

The Second Battle of Gaza three weeks after the First Battle, was an even bigger disaster – a frontal attack by British infantry divisions resulted in their suffering some 6000

Page 6 - The Trans-Jordan raids

Two raids east of the Jordan River cost 3000 casualties. They are the first real defeats suffered by the EEF since the Second Battle of

Page 7 - Battle of Megiddo

The final battle of the Palestine campaign in September 1918 resulted in arguably the most decisive British victory of the war.

British Empire

Key information and statistics about countries who fought as part of the British Empire during the First World War Read the full article

Page 5 - British India

Facts and statistics about India during the First World

The Ottoman Empire

Few Kiwis today know much about one of our main First World War enemies, the Ottoman Empire - a sophisticated but often forgotten empire whose soldiers fought against New Zealand troops for four years in the Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine campaigns. Read the full article

Page 8 - The Arab Revolt, 1916-18

The rise of its Arab subjects against the Ottoman Empire in the later years of the First World War saw them fight alongside the British forces, though ultimately they were

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment timeline

Timeline for the Wellington Mounted Rifles in 1915 Read the full article

Page 2 - 1916

Timeline for the Wellington Mounted Rifles in

Page 3 - 1917

What the Wellington Mounted Rifles did in

Map showing the main New Zealand Expeditionary Force camps and areas of activity in Egypt during the First World War