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by Morris Beckman

Although over a million Jews were estimated to be fighting for the Allies by the middle of World War II, the British government (which controlled Palestine) refused to allow the formation of an independent Jewish unit. Finally, in the face of public pressure and horrific reports of the Holocaust, the Jewish Brigade was created in 1944. The Brigade fought against the Germans in Italy during the last year of the war, distinguishing itself in action, and gave Jews across the world pride at seeing, for the first time, soldiers fighting under the flag of the Star of David.
Download The Jewish Brigade: An Army with Two Masters 1944-45 epub
ISBN: 1885119569
ISBN13: 978-1885119568
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe
Author: Morris Beckman
Language: English
Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st edition (October 21, 1998)
Pages: 159 pages
ePUB size: 1770 kb
FB2 size: 1696 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 187
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An interesting book.
A lot of human-interest stories about how the Brigade helped tens of thousands of Jewish refugees and DPs to get to Palestine, and out of Europe, where they had no hope of leading anything resembling a normal life, again. They did this before, during and after they defeated some of the best that Germany had ever had to offer, in the way of elite soldiers. They were highly motivated fighters who became the core of the IDF, several becoming Israeli Generals. After the war, the members of the Brigade, acting on orders from Tel Aviv, assassinated an estimated 1500 high-level Nazis, who had been in the SS. Unfortunately, the author rewrites history, with regard to the politics and military situation, in Palestine. He shows a bias towards the Haganah, the self-defence force for the kibbutzim. He mentions David Ben-Gurion a couple of dozen times, but does not mention Menachem Begin a single time. Begin was, by far, the most influential person, both politically (he published an underground resistance newspaper for many years) and militarily (he commanded the Irgun, the most violent terrorist group in all of Palestine) in the Jewish homeland.
parts would make you cry and others make you proud. what they had to do in order to put their lives on the line!
very enjoyable!
Very inspiring
somewhat interesting history but didn't dwell on the post war revenge portion
The Jewish Brigade: An Army with Two Masters 1944-1945 is an excellent read. The book builds on the historical necessity of the Jewish population in Palestine, under the oppression of the British and Arabs, of the need to defend themselves. It describes in detail their desire to build a legitimate well trained fighting force and their struggle to save the Jewish survivors of WWII and to ship captured guns and supplies to Palestine for the War they new was coming with the Arabs, while they were fighting with the Allies to beat the Germans