1948: A Soldier's Tale - The Bloody Road to Jerusalem by Uri Avnery, Christopher Costello

By Uri Avnery, Christopher Costello

The first eye-witness account ever released of the 1948 Israeli warfare of Independence, this riveting memoir of a tender Israeli soldier turned an rapid bestseller on book in 1949, and remains to be famous because the amazing e-book of that battle, within the culture of Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet at the Western Front. First becoming a member of the Givati Brigade and later volunteering for "Samson’s Foxes", the mythical commando unit, Avnery took half in just about all the main battles at the Jerusalem and southern fronts. Written from the trenches, and from an army medical institution mattress, he deals a very distinct account of the warfare, of fast paced battles, and acts of maximum bravery, in addition to the camaraderie and off-duty exploits of younger women and men thrust into front line. it is a gripping, delicate, and from time to time deeply poignant account of the day by day brutalities of 1 of the main major wars of our times.

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We will leave the village under the condition that they will take over control and guarantee the security of the road. We feel we have achieved a great victory – we have ensured the safety of the road to Jerusalem through this area, we have shown that we can capture and hold a village, and we have dealt the Arabs in this region a decisive blow. Arab Hulda, which dominates the whole area, has been occupied by us, after the whole Arab population fled – and remains in our hand. Around midnight I go to the mess.

This great movement needed a symbol, a badge, to represent the character of this army. We had no uniforms. We wore the clothes we had brought with us. But thousands suddenly began to wear the same headgear, without being told to by anyone: the sock hat. 18 February 1948 Training camp The sock hat The khaki bucket hat – kova tembel in Hebrew, meaning “idiot hat” because it makes you look particularly stupid – was the symbol of the pioneering days of Zionism. Who doesn’t remember the propaganda pictures of the Zionist organizations?

It was an army without means of transport, without aircraft, and without a supporting infrastructure in the rear. There were neither cannons nor tanks. But they were supported by the enthusiasm of the population, in a way that has not often happened in the history of humankind, perhaps only with the troops of the French and later the Russian revolution. * * * When I read on 30 November that the first Hebrew bus had been attacked by Arab fighters, I knew what my duty was: to report for service. In the days leading up to my recruitment I wrote a little pamphlet about the problems of the war.

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