Lawrence of Arabia:
The man behind the legend
A mini-expedition to Jordan to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Aqaba.
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible."
~ Colonel T.E. Lawrence
This mini-Expedition will re-visit the long forgotten battlefields of the Middle Eastern theatre of World War 1 where unified Arab forces under the leadership of Colonel T.E Lawrence fought to push-back the Ottoman-Turk occupation of the Arabian Peninsula in the hope of forcing the Ottoman Empire to capitulate. Col. T.E. Lawrence played a major role in unifying Arab Forces after the Great Arab Revolt of June 1916.
After the Great War, Lawrence's unorthodox fighting strategy, desert survival techniques and exemplary character were celebrated within military and private circles. American writer and explorer Lowell Thomas covered the story of Lawrence's wartime actions and by shear public demand 'The Colonel' would become one of the world's first media celebrities gaining legendary status as 'Lawrence of Arabia.
His life and achievements are celebrated in the 1962 epic historical drama film directed by David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia), an Academy Award winning production known the world over. However, the film doesn't portray many aspects of the Lawrence's true character, his amazing understanding of irregular warfare tactics, and the aftermath of the failure of the Allied Powers to honour Arab territorial claims. Lawrence found himself serving the interests of two Kingdoms bound on a collision course that would re-define the map of the Near East.
Lead by British adventurers Seb Coulthard and Julian Woodall, they will travel by camel across the Jordanian desert at the same time of year as Lawrence's original journey a century ago. They will face the same arduous desert conditions, ride on camel-back across arid terrain, and sleep amongst exotic wildlife. Their plan will take them across the beautifully picturesque mountains of Wadi Rum prior to arriving at the coastal city of Aqaba on 6th July 2017. They will mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Aqaba by visiting the 130 meter Arab Revolt flagpole and other historical sites.
The expedition is the subject of an independent film.