A century ago today, July 6, 1917, the Arabs took Aqaba from the Turks. It’s the subject of a famous scene in the film “Lawrence of Arabia,” at the link (https://youtu.be/lChJz2DSpsE). The movie misleads: according to Lawrence, “we marched into Akaba on the morning of July 6” with 600 Turkish prisoners who’d surrendered. But Hollywood loves a good camel charge. The Arabs would insist that Lawrence claimed too much credit for the whole thing. But one way or another, the taking of Aqaba did put the Arab Revolt on the map. (And don’t be deceived twice: the scene was shot not at Aqaba but in Spain.)
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