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 water tower on which the sign is placed was photographed that day by the same photographer Click for a larger image
The story of the battle on the hill is also displayed in the monument placed on the site Click for sign's details Translation of the text on the sign
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
Symbol of the Ministry of Culture and Sports
Symbol of the Jewish National Fund
Symbol of the Beer Tuvia Regional Council Hill 69 and the water towers
Hill 69 is located next to the road connecting Ashdod and Ashkelon. The height of the hill is 69 meters above sea level, hence its name. On the hill stand three water towers built by the British during World War II. At the foot of the hill stretched large army camps with tens of thousands of soldiers.
With the outbreak of World War II and the spread of the battle zone to the western desert front in North Africa, the British began to concentrate large forces in Egypt and Israel. Among the forces was also the Australian Expeditionary Force, whose troops began arriving in the area in early 1941 and some were stationed in a large army camp set up around Hill 69.
During the War of Independence, the hill served as a focal point for battles between Egyptian forces and IDF forces.