Historical Perspectives

The Modernization of Intelligence in WWI
The Role of Military Intelligence in the Battle for Beersheba in October 1917

James Noone

The Levantine coast is perhaps the most blood-drenched landscape in the world. Egyptians, Hittites, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Arabs, Philistines, Jews, and many others have fought and died in this strategic crossroad between Asia, Europe, and Africa. This article surveys the application of intelligence technologies and methods in the Allied campaign to wrest control from the tottering Ottoman Empire and its German military leaders. Some technologies were very new, others were time honored and tested. In the end, the Allies had the advantage, and they succeeded in their third attempt to reach Jerusalem, reaching the city as British Prime Minister Lloyd George had demanded.

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Posted: Apr 12, 2018 02:40 PM
Last Updated: Apr 26, 2018 06:24 PM