Power metal icons Sabaton have released a music video for their song ‘Seven Pillars Of Wisdom,’ which is from the band’s latest release, ‘The Great War.’ The song is based around the autobiography account of British soldier T. E. Lawrence about the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks. The video features the host of Sabatons YouTube history channel, Indy Neidell.
During the filming of the video, the band was involved in a severe car accident, and while they’ve been back in action for a while now, some of them are still recovering.
For even more information on T. E. Lawrence and the video, check out Sabatons History channel on YouTube.
Thomas Edward Lawrence was sent to Arabia in 1916 as a British liaison to the Arab forces rebelling against the Ottoman Empire with the promise of an independent Arab nation after the war was won. He became known as Lawrence of Arabia.
In his autobiography “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” Lawrence detailed his participation in the Arab Revolt including The Battle of Tafilah, The Siege of Medina, The Capture of Damascus, and frequent raids against Ottoman controlled Hejaz railway during World War I among many other battles.
While Lawrence was fighting the Ottoman’s in the Middle East, Britain and France forged the Sykes–Picot Agreement, a secret treaty to divide the Arabic territory among each other instead of relinquishing it to their Arabic allies as initially promised. It is not known when Lawrence became aware of the agreement but he did not agree with the deception and attempted to convince his superiors that an independent Arab nation was in their best interest however he was met with little success.
Lawrence left Arabia immediately following the end of the War, returned to the United Kingdom, and continued to serve in various government and military positions. He was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident in 1935 at the age of 46.