By Uri Avnery, Christopher Costello

ISBN-10: 1851686290

ISBN-13: 9781851686292

The first eye-witness account ever released of the 1948 Israeli conflict of Independence, this riveting memoir of a tender Israeli soldier grew to become an speedy bestseller on booklet in 1949, and continues to be famous because the impressive booklet of that warfare, 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 health center mattress, he bargains a very unique 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 day by day brutalities of 1 of the main major wars of our times.

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Again the line stops. This time the company runner appears and whispers something to Joske. He gets up and beckons to me. Our squad goes ahead, next to the long line, right up to the front. Aryeh, the company commander, is waiting for us. ” whispers Joske to me, and I pass the command. We fan out to the left, six feet apart, forming a sharp angle with the head of the long row. Joske is in the middle of the squad, I am at the right-hand end. ” He approaches me. ” He points to a man wearing pale khaki trousers.

So – straight to Rachel’s. Rachel … how often had he thought about her during these four days? He imagined this evening in bright colors. He would ring the doorbell, she would open the door – and smile. Of course she would smile. Triumphantly he would recount his adventure. How he broke out for her sake, although twenty-four hours in the arrest cells await him if he gets caught. That is the house. His breathing is labored – he ran half the way so as not to waste any time. Luckily he is used to running.

They reach the wadi. We shoot over the roofs. They are making progress. The first have reached the village. The Arabs are still shooting from the village. We stop shooting. Our people have occupied the edge of the village. They are running from house to house, just the way they learned. I can’t see whether they are taking prisoners. Now it is our turn, to take the center of the village. Our mood reaches its peak. ” I jump over the wall. The second platoon jump and throw themselves on the ground.

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