Section of the Hejaz Railway Attacked by Lawrence of Arabia, 1917
Section of the Hejaz Railway Attacked by Lawrence of Arabia, 1917
Section of the Hejaz Railway Attacked by Lawrence of Arabia, 1917
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Section of the Hejaz Railway Attacked by Lawrence of Arabia, 1917

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Overall: 30cm (11.8in) x 26cm (10.2in)

Steel. Cross section of railtrack mounted onto on a wall shield, applied with two brass presentation plaques attached; the first inscribed ‘Presented to London Post Society of American Military Engineers by US Army Engineer Division, Mediterranean Corps of Engineers 11 April 1972’; and the second, ‘Rail section removed from the Medina-Damascus / railroad at the site of a raid conducted / by Col T.E. Lawrence “Lawrence of Arabia”/ during World War 1, and near the site of a Corps / of Engineers project at Tabuk, Saudi Arabia’. 

The Hejaz railway was a narrow-gauge railway that ran from Damascus to Medina, through the Hejaz region of modern day Saudi Arabia. It was the only easy line of communication and supply for the Turkish garrison in Medina and an obvious target for Lawrence and Arab raiding parties.

On 26 March 1917, Lawrence opened his account with an attack on the Aba el Naam Station, taking 30 prisoners and inflicting 70 casualties on the garrison. He went on to say, "Traffic was held up for three days of repair and investigation. So we did not wholly fail.”