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Sign: Operation Ha-Har - 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

מבצע "ההר"
י"ז-כ’ בתשרי תש"ט (כתוב בטעות מ"ז, אך אין תאריך כזה בלוח השנה העברי)
19-22 באוקטובר 1948

כיבוש "המשלט המשותף", דירבן, בית נטיף, בית עטב, ג’רש, בית ג’מל, זכריה וצומת "המזלג"
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The memorial site was photographed that day by the same photographer Click for a larger image

The latest operation in the Jerusalem Corridor area, against Egyptian and Arab forces in the area.

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The "common outpost" was where the city of Beit Shemesh is today. The name "common" comes from the fact that one part of it was controlled by members of the "Harel" brigade while the other part was held by an Egyptian force.

Translation of the text on the sign:
Emblem of the Fifth Battalion

Operation Ha-Har
October 19-22, 1948

Occupation of the "Common outpost", Durban, Beit Natif, Beit Etav, Jerash, Beit Jamal, Zechariah and the "fork" junction

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