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By Uri Avnery, Christopher Costello

ISBN-10: 1851686290

ISBN-13: 9781851686292

The first eye-witness account ever released of the 1948 Israeli warfare of Independence, this riveting memoir of a tender Israeli soldier turned an quick bestseller on booklet in 1949, and remains to be famous because the extraordinary booklet 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 foremost battles at the Jerusalem and southern fronts. Written from the trenches, and from an army medical institution mattress, he bargains a very specific account of the warfare, of fast paced battles, and acts of utmost 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 daily brutalities of 1 of the main major wars of our times.

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Shlomo Greimann, Uri Avnery, Moshe Shatzky …” We look at each other. We know: from now on we will live together, rely on each other, and have faith in the commanders. Suddenly a stir in the camp – our weapons have arrived. We run, in order not to miss this historic moment. The crates are opened and there they are, the rifles. Thickly coated in grease. With plenty of ammunition. Everyone gets his own personal rifle. As evening falls we sit and clean them without having the right equipment. And the whole time, until long after midnight, we try to come to terms with events: a personal rifle for each Israeli soldier.

The Zionist side accepted the partition, at least officially, because it gave them 55% of the land although they represented only a third of the population. The Arab side rejected partition completely. They saw it as a decision on the part of foreigners to take away a large part of their land and give it to intruders. The British government, which had been administering the Mandate for Palestine following the fall of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, committed itself to withdraw from the land by the middle of May 1948.

In the late afternoon we return to camp. We have hardly had time to change our clothes when there is another roll call. We line up in silence. We are waiting for the list. The boss gives us a searching look. In his hand is a white sheet of paper. We know: the list. “I will read the names of reserve number one. The men will line up in three rows before me …” One name after another. After each name your heart skips a beat. A good friend: Gustav, the clown of the company. We will miss his performances in the evening.

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