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Sign: Harel Brigade - Battle of the Harel Convoy

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The Harel Brigade observatory, Mateh Yehuda Regional Council, Israel
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סמל קרן קיימת לישראל
סמל חטיבת פלמ"ח הראל

קרב שיירת הראל
במחצית אפריל 1948, נפוצו ידיעות כי הבריטים החליטו להקדים את פינויים מירושלים. לכן החליט הפיקוד העליון ב"הגנה" להעלות לעיר את מרבית לוחמי "פלמ"ח הראל", כדי לתפוס את המאחזים הבריטים שעתידים להתפנות.

בבוקר י"א בניסן תש"ח (20 באפריל 1948) יצאה מחולדה שיירה גדולה ובה כ-300 כלי רכב, מאות לוחמים, מפקדת חטיבת הראל וכמה ממנהיגי היישוב וביניהם דוד בן-גוריון.

מרבית השיירה הגיעה לעיר תוך תקריות מעטות, אולם קצה השיירה הותקף באיזור דיר איוב - פיתחת שער הגיא, בידי כוחות ערביים רבים.
בנסיונות החילוץ נפלו 13 מלוחמי "פלמ"ח הראל" ולוחם ההגנה.
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The security of the convoy was assigned to the Fifth Battalion of the Palmach Harel Brigade.

The sign is in the Harel Brigade Observatory, which was photographed that day by the same photographer Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Jewish National Fund
Symbol of the Harel Palmach Brigade

Battle of the Harel Convoy
In mid-April 1948, word spread that the British had decided to advance evacuations from Jerusalem. Therefore, the Haganah High Command decided to bring most of the Palmach Harel fighters to the city, in order to capture the British outposts that would be evacuated.

On the morning of April 20, 1948, a large convoy came out of Hulda with about 300 vehicles, hundreds of fighters, the headquarters of the Harel Brigade and some of the leaders of the settlement, including David Ben-Gurion.

Most of the convoy reached the city in a few incidents, but the end of the convoy was attacked in the area of ​​Deir Ayub - Sha’ar HaGai, by many Arab forces.
In the rescue attempts, 13 of the Palmach Harel and Haganah fighters fell.



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