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Sign: Bahan - Heritage Sites in Israel - The cannon

192, Bahan, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל המועצה האזורית עמק חפר
סמל משרד התרבות והספורט
סמל קיבוץ בחן

ערב מלחמת העולם השנייה הוכנס לשירות תותח 25 ליטראות (87.6 מ"מ). בתקופת המלחמה היה התותח הזה "עמוד השדרה" של הארטילריה הבריטית.
במבצע שומרון, בחורף 1956, הופעלו תותחים אלה בכינון ישיר נגד משטרת קלקיליה.
הפעילות המבצעית המרשימה ביותר של תותחי ה-25 ליטראות הייתה במלחמת ששת הימים. היא סייעה לכוחות השריון והחי"ר בכיבוש מתחמי אום-כתף ואבו עגילה. בבחן פעלו במלחמת ששת הימים 2 תותחים מסוג זה. הוצאת התותחים מהסד"כ הצה"לי החלה בצורה הדרגתית, החל מ-1965 והסתיימה לאחר מבצע כראמה בשנת 1968.

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The sign shape is rectangular but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

The cannon was photographed that day by the same photographer Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
Emblem of the Emek Hefer Regional Council
Symbol of the Ministry of Culture and Sports
The symbol of Kibbutz Bahan

The cannon
On the eve of World War II, a 25-liter (87.6 mm) cannon was put into service. During the war, this cannon was the "backbone" of British artillery.
During Operation Samaria, in the winter of 1956, these cannons were used in direct formation against the Qalqilya police.
The most impressive operational activity of the 25-liter cannons was during the Six Day War. It assisted the armored and infantry forces in the conquest of the Umm-Katf and Abu Agila complexes.
The removal of the guns from the IDF order began gradually, beginning in 1965 and ending after Operation Karama in 1968.

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