""The AMR at the Railway Station at Asluj" - Men of the NZMR preparing to blow-up the station. Copy relating to the railways in the Middle East coming soon.
A team of Auckland Mounted Riflemen have a hard working team lifting rails and sleepers from the rail bed at the left of photograph- the rails are then heated over fires to soften the steel and then bend the rail to make them useless to any enemy repair squads who follow - two rails lie twisted in the foreground.
Below a section from General Allenby's Dispatch – December 16, 1917 showing the importance of this isolated station south of Beersheba
"...6. The date of the attack on Beersheba, which was to commence the operations, was fixed as Oct. 31. Work had been begun on the railway from Shellal towards Karm, and on the line from Gamli to El Buggar. The development of water at Esani, Khalasa, and Asluj proceeded satisfactorily. These last two places were to be the starting point for the mounted force detailed to make a wide flanking movement and attack Beersheba from the east and north-east."