Lawrence of Arabia
Players Arab Revolt Desert survival Arab warfare Battle Features The Show Resources Classroom Resources Home  
Desert survival
  One of the secrets of Lawrence and Feisal's success during the Great Arab Revolt was their ability to survive in the desert while remaining undetectedable by the Turks.

They made countless treks across some of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth working out ways to attack the Turks where they least expected it.

Their ability to survive "off the land" made the Bedouin Arabs seem like a mirage. They struck repeatedly across Syria and Jordan and then melted back into the camouflage of the desert sands.

The word 'Bedouin' comes from the Arabic 'badawwi', a generic name for a desert dweller or 'inhabitant of the desert'. It applies to the nomadic indigenous populations of the Negev, Sinai, Saharan and Arabian deserts that lie across the Middle East and parts of North Africa.

These were the Arabs of the interior that so impressed Lawrence with their ability to survive in such an extreme environment. Quite unlike the refined and urbane Arabs of Syria, the Bedouin proved themselves not only hardy people but also highly cultured and wonderfully hospitable.

Lawrence learnt many survival skills from his comrades in arms.

Find out more about desert survival techniques...

Water | Food | Shelter | Clothing | Transportation | Navigation | Hospitality

Inhospitable terrain
  Some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world  

Lawrence of Arabia