Tom Beaumont of the Arabian Armored Car Company defends Lawrence’s reputation.
General Allenby’s forces captured Jerusalem from the Turks on December 9, 1917. Lawrence accepted Allenby’s invitation to join the victory parade. And it was in Jerusalem that T.E. Lawrence first met the young American journalist Lowell Thomas. Their meeting, noted in Thomas’ journal, was of significance for Thomas, who was looking for stories to tell and for a hero for audiences back home. Thomas followed Lawrence back to Akaba — conducted interviews, took pictures, shot film and even recounted a raid on Turkish train lines. Their meeting would prove of even greater significance for Lawrence, for it would eventually help transform him into a global hero.