chapter  5
The Transjordan Raids, March-May 1918
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If there were shortcomings at the third battle of Gaza that diminished the speed and completeness of the victory there were still tangible gains: the occupation of southern Palestine and, of course, the capture of Jerusalem. Allenby's attempt to renew operations in 1918 with the Transjordan raids achieved nothing. Both 'raids', the official battle nomenclature, were multidivisional attacks across the River Jordan towards the town of Amman that ended in comprehensive defeat. These setbacks lowered British prestige and consequently wavering Arab tribes remained loyal to the Ottoman Sultan. Why was it that Allenby decided to attack into Transjordan, and why did the raids fail?