Mehmed V, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, is also Caliph, successor of the Prophet and leader of all true Muslims everywhere. Or so he thinks. He has proclaimed a jihad against the enemies of Turkey, ordering all true Muslims to fight against Britain, France, Russia and other Allied countries.
Turkey’s leaders had hoped that the proclamation of jihad would lead to revolts by the Muslim subjects of their enemies. Results have proved somewhat disappointing and Muslims in the enemy empires are showing no great interest in waging holy war.
But now jihad erupts in the somewhat unlikely setting of Australia. At Broken Hill in New South Wales, two Muslim immigrants from British India decide to heed the Caliph’s call. Badsha Mahommed Gool raises the Turkish flag over his ice cream cart and together with Mullah Abdullah, a halal butcher and imam, they launch their own short lived jihad.
Gool and Abdullah initially attack a train carrying members of the Order of Oddfellows to a picnic site. They shoot at the picnickers with rifles concealed in the ice cream cart, killing two and injuring several more. They then take cover in a quartz outcrop where they are attacked by policemen and soldiers. After a 90 minute gun battle they are both killed. There are reports that Gool is gunned down as he tries to surrender.
source of both images (The Battle of Broken Hill, from Smithsonian.com)