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Sign: The Convoy of 35 monument - on the hill of battle

The battle hill (Convoy of 35), NG 573, Israel
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On the sign:
קרב מחלקת הל"ה
על גבעה זו, התנהל קרב הגבורה של מחלקת הל"ה.
בעת מלחמת העצמאות, כלל גוש עציון ארבעה ישובים ששכנו על אם הדרך חברון-ירושלים ושימשו מעוז יהודי מבודד בהר חברון המוקף בכפרים ערביים.
ב- ג’ שבט תש"ח (14.1.1948) פתחו ערבים חמושים בהתקפה כבדה על ישובי הגוש. מגמתם היתה לנתק את הדרך הפנימית המקשרת בין הישובים ולהכניעם ובכך לסלול את דרכם לירושלים.
אור ליום ה’ בשבט תש"ח (16.1.1948) יצאה מהר-טוב מחלקה המורכבת מאנשי פלמ"ח וחי"ש לעזרת מגיני גוש עציון המותקף והנצור.
עם שחר נתגלתה המחלקה והותקפה. תוך זמן קצר, נתפסו כל הרכסים שמסביב על ידי המון ערבי מזוין שהקיפום מכל עבר.
הקרב האחרון של הל"ה נמשך עד לשעות אחר הצהרים. הוא תם רק משאזלו הכדור והרימון האחרונים.
יומיים לאחר הקרב, הובאו ל"ה הנופלים לקבורה בכפר עציון.
ביום כ"ה בחשון תש"י (17.11.1949) הועברו למנוחת עולמים בחלקה הצבאית בהר הרצל בירושלים. יחד עם שאר חללי גוש עציון.

אנדרטה זו הוקמה לרגל 60 שנה לנפילת מחלקת הל"ה בשיתוף בני נוער מגוש עציון ותנועות נוער מרחבי הארץ

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The location is approximate since no geographic information was attached to the photo, but it is known that the monument is on Battle Hill and that is its location.

The monument erected in 2008 was smashed several times (the last time as of 2021 was in May 2020)

Many of the members of the Convoy of 35 were members of the Sixth Battalion of the Palmach-Harel Brigade and the battle is commemorated at the battalion’s memorial site Click for sign's details.

Translation of the text on the sign:
Battle of the Convoy of 35
On this hill, the heroic battle of the Convoy of 35 took place.
During the War of Independence, Gush Etzion included four settlements that were located on the Hebron-Jerusalem road and served as a secluded Jewish stronghold on Mount Hebron, surrounded by Arab villages.
On January 14, 1948, armed Arabs launched a heavy attack on the settlements of the bloc. Their tendency was to sever the internal road connecting the settlements and to subdue them, thus paving their way to Jerusalem.
In light of Thursday, January 16, 1948, a platoon consisting of Palmach and Hish members set out from Har-Tov to help the defenders of the attacked and besieged Gush Etzion.
At dawn the unit was discovered and attacked. Within a short time, all the surrounding ridges were captured by a multitude of armed Arabs whose eruption was on all sides.
The last battle of the 35th lasted until the afternoon. It ended only when the last bullet and grenade ran out.
Two days after the battle, the fallen were brought for burial in Kfar Etzion.
On 17.11.1949 they were laid to rest in the military section of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Along with the other victims of Gush Etzion.

This monument was erected on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the fall of the Convoy of 35 in collaboration with youth from Gush Etzion and youth movements from around the country

Performed by the Ministry of Defense / Families and Commemoration Division / Soldier Commemoration Unit

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