Actually, I'd like to jot down about T.E Lawrence.. oh, why his name seems easy to type? Well, my friends and I went a full day trip to Aqabah beach & Wadi Rum during last Friday (footprints history owned by T.E Lawrence).
Thomas Edward Lawrence, (16 August 1888 – 19 May 1935), known professionally as T. E. Lawrence, was a British army officer renowned especially for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt of 1916–1918. His vivid writings, along with the extraordinary breadth and variety of his activities and associations, have made him the object of fascination throughout the world as Lawrence of Arabia, a title popularized by the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia based on his life. Lawrence's public image was due in part to American journalist Lowell Thomas's sensationalized reportage of the Revolt, as well as to Lawrence's autobiographical account, Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
In 1917, Lawrence arranged a joint action with the Arab irregulars and forces under Auda Abu Tayi (until then in the employ of the Ottomans) against the strategically located port city of Aqaba. Aqaba was heavily defended on the seaside but lightly defended in the rear, because the desert was considered uncrossable. On 6 July, after a surprise overland attack, Aqaba fell to Lawrence and his Arab forces. After Aqaba, Lawrence was promoted to major. Fortunately for Lawrence, the new commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, General Sir Edmund Allenby, agreed to his strategy for the revolt, stating after the war:
"I gave him a free hand. His cooperation was marked by the utmost loyalty, and I never had anything but praise for his work, which, indeed, was invaluable throughout the campaign."
Lawrence now held a powerful position, as an adviser to Faisal and a person who had Allenby’s confidence.
Erm, even though I don't like history very much but sometimes, I do think we have to sharpen our history knowledge, especially during our steps around 'Shams World'.