Friday, March 20, 2009

General Allenby Takes Jerusalem

This is a magnificent photograph of General Allenby as he enters Jerusalem. The photograph was taken in December 11, 1917. He is pictured at the Jaffa Gate. Allenby's success was due in large part to the efforts of T.E. Lawrence, AKA Lawrence of Arabia.

Last night I watched Lawrence of Arabia with my daughter. WOW, I had forgotten what a good movie that was. It should be required viewing for all participants in this blog. OK, I guess I can nor require you to watch it. I can say it is a great movie, and they just don't make movies like that any more.


  1. Well, after I watch the "Twilight" movie that comes out this weekend on DVD, I'll rent "Lawrence of Arabia" and watch it. I've seen it years and years ago and remember that I enjoyed it, but mostly because the main character was so good looking!

  2. Jerusalem is a remarkable place. I spent three weeks there s few years ago. Quite a contrast of cultures and time.

  3. I remember seeing that movie when I was young

    My brothers and I would watch it with my grandma we also watch the Ten Commandments and Ben Hur

  4. One of my favorite films.
    I'll always watch it when
    it's on tv.
    Once they have taken Akaba
    Anthony Quinn, as a Beduin,
    says to Lawrence,"'awrence,
    'awrence, where's the gold."
    A great line.
    Lawrence's book, The Seven
    Pillars of Wisdom is a great

  5. Kent Says,

    Lowell Thomas' "With Lawrence in Arabia", original copyright 1924, is the book that brought Lawrence and subsequently, Thomas into the international spotlight.

    It is a great read although the book leans toward romanticism in its portrayal of Lawrence and the conflict.

    Unfortunately the subsequent policies put in place by the Brits were misguided and mismanaged. This helped stage the current regional turmoil and gave rise to the fundamentalism that we now confront.

  6. Have to agree, a fine movie. A bit biased since, as an officer with P&O the ship I was on called at Aqaba as the filming ended. We had a party and many of the people involved came aboard. We then carried a racing car (reputedly belonging to King Hussein of Jordan)back to the UK. Note that as usual we Brits are responsible for all the World's problems.
    We certainly introduced democracy and a judicial system the later ideas in Zimbabwe, Sudan etc are not ours.

  7. I'm going to watch Lawrence this weekend. We just got back from New York.

    Heather - my daughter read the book Twilight" and didn't like the movie, she said it wasn't as good as the book.

    Did you read the book? They always change things when they make movies.

  8. Your right, Kent, the Brits
    mismanaged it, and I'm sure
    Lawence knew this would
    happen by the end of the
    He'd made promises to the
    Beduins...bringing the tribes things would be
    after the war, for them.
    He wanted to keep those

    I think the government saw it
    as a key pawn...and carried
    on with the game.

  9. Hi SmartGirl - yes, I've read all the books in the Twilight series and loved them. I liked the movie but I agree, the movies are rarely as good as the books. I read a variety of books all the time. I keep a book in my car, one in my purse, and books scattered around the house. The headboard of my king-size bed is three large bookcases. My favorite books are non-fiction history, especially WWII.

  10. Hi, Heather:

    wow, i only read the first one, i tried to read it at the beach and i kept falling asleep

    my daughter keeps pestering me to read all of them, she's addicted

  11. Kent Says,

    Hey guys, it is just not the Brits, we've done our share on this side of the pond, but then so has just about every other country one time or another. The thing that baffles me is why other countries don't learn from the mistakes of others.

  12. This picture shows the general riding OUTSIDE the walls of Jerusalem. When Gen. Allenby did enter the 'Holy City Of Jerusalem' he dismounted and WALKED through the Jaffa Gate into Jerusalem. He did that out of humility and respect.