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Sign: Sha’ar HaGai Battalion - In memory of the 5th battalion of the Palmach-Harel

Beit Shemesh - Sha’ar HaGai Road, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל הגדוד החמישי
הגדוד החמישי - גדוד "שער הגיא" חטיבת פלמ"ח הראל
הגדוד הוקם בחודש כסלו תש"ח (נובמבר 1947), לאחר החלטת האו"ם על החלוקה עם גיוס הרזרבה התל אביבית של הפלמ"ח, שאליה נוספו חברי הכשרות, לוחמים מחיפה ומשכונות תל אביב.

הלוחמים הראשונים החלו לפעול לאבטחת הדרך לירושלים באיזור מקוה ישראל ובית דגן וזאת במסגרת שכונתה "זהבי". החל מאביב תש"ח (מראס 1948) החלו לוחמי הגדוד לפעול בדרך העולה לירושלים.
עם הקמת חטיבת "פלמ"ח-הראל" בניסן תש"ח, (אפריל 1948) נכללו בה לוחמי הגדוד שמאז נקרא גם הגדוד החמישי.
לוחמי הגדוד השתתפו מאז בקרבות הקשים במרחב ירושלים ובתוך העיר.

הגדוד קיים כיום במסגרת חטיבת מילואים בצה"ל.
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Translation of the text on the sign:
Emblem of the Fifth Battalion
The Fifth Battalion - Sha’ar HaGai Battalion, Palmach Harel Brigade
The battalion was established in November 1947, following the UN decision on the division of the Land of Israel, to which the Palmach reserve of the Palmach was recruited, as well as members of the Hachshara, fighters from Haifa and the Tel Aviv neighborhoods.

The first fighters began working to secure the road to Jerusalem in the area of ​​Mikve Israel and Beit Dagan in a framework called "Zehavi". Beginning in the spring of 1948 (March 1948), the battalion’s fighters began operating on the road leading to Jerusalem.
With the establishment of the Palmach-Harel Brigade in Nissan 1948 (April 1948), it included the fighters of the battalion, which has since been called the Fifth Battalion.
The battalion’s fighters have since participated in the difficult battles in the Jerusalem area and within the city.

The battalion currently exists as part of the IDF Reserve Brigade.

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