Mysore Lancers

mllNot many are aware that it was Mysore Lancers who helped liberate mordern day Israel from Turk occupation during the world war 1. The Horse Mounted Mysore Lancers took on machine gun leised German and Ottoman Army during the war. This war was one of the last cavelry attacks in the history of mankind. HAIFA CELEBRATION OF INDIAN ARMY on SEP 23 every year On 23 September 1918 the Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers of the 15th Imperial Service Brigade were ordered to capture Haifa a city in morden day Israle. The area
between the river Nahr el Mugatta also known as the river Kishon and the slopes of Mount Carmel was well defended by Ottoman gun emplacements and artillery. The Jodhpur Lancers were tasked to capture this position, while theMysore Lancers moved around to attack the town from the east and north.
A squadron of the Mysore Lancers and a squadron of the 1/1st Sherwood Rangers (14th Cavalry Brigade) supported by horse artillery, attacked the Austrian battery of light field guns on the slopes of Mount Carmel at 14:00. The squadron of Mysore Lancers had moved into position by climbing up a steep track to capture and silence the guns, while the Jodhpur Lancersand the remainder of the Mysore Lancers launched the main mounted attack on the rearguard of German machine gunners, which blocked the road 2 miles (3.2 km) on from the redoubt captured the day before by the Light Car Patrol.
“ within half an hour from the word “go,” Haifa was ours”

The Jodhpur Lancers charged the Ottoman position, crossing the Acre railway line, but came under machine gun and artillery fire. The charge was further obstructed by quicksand on the river banks, so they manoeuvred to the left onto the lower slopes of Mount Carmel. The regiment secured the position capturing 30 prisoner, two machine guns, two camel guns and opening up an access route into Haifa. The JodhpurLancers continued their charge into the town surprising the defenders. Those Mysore Lancers who had been giving fire support to the attacking regiment, mounted and followed them into the town. Together the two regiments captured 1,350 German and Ottoman prisoners, including two German officers, 35 Ottoman officers, 17 artillery guns including four 4.2 guns, eight 77-mm guns and four camel guns as well as a 6-inch naval gun, and 11 machine guns. Their own casualties amounted to eight dead and 34 wounded. Sixty horse were killed and another 83 wounded.
We tried to cover the Turks’ retreat, but we expected them to do something, if only keep their heads. At last we decided they were not worth fighting for.
—A captured German officer