The British Army in Palestine and the 1948 War: Containment, Withdrawal and Evacuation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The British Army in Palestine and the 1948 War

Containment, Withdrawal and Evacuation, 1st Edition

By Alon Kadish


320 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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Following the end of the Second World War the main mission of the British Army in Palestine was to contain Jewish attacks and illegal immigration while the fate of the Mandate was being decided. This book is a record of the British Army during the final year and its impact on the course and outcome of the 1948 war.

With the decision of the UN General Assembly on 29th November 1947 to partition Palestine and the anticipated intercommunal violence, the Army was made responsible for the maintenance of law and order throughout Palestine until the termination of the Mandate on 15th May 1948. These crucial years in history are considered from the point of view of the ranks of the British Army, e.g soldiers and field commanders rather than that of generals, decision-makers and leaders. Making extensive use of memoirs, contemporary writing and private diaries, this original work is based on archival material. Subjects such as regimental life, leisure activities, are also explored.

The book offers an important contribution to the history of the Middle East, and readers interested in political science, military history, Palestine and Israel will find this book a key resource.

Table of Contents


1. Soldiering in Palestine 1947-1948

2. The Southern Sector

3. Railways

4. The Road to Jaffa, the Road to Jerusalem

5. Jerusalem

6. The Galilee and Haifa

7. Jaffa

8. The Course of the Evacuation

9. Some Final Observations and Conclusion



About the Author

Alon Kadish served in the Engineers Corps, Israeli Defence Force, rank Lt. Col. (res.) Educated Hebrew University of Jerusalem (B.A.) and Oxford University (D.Phil.) Taught in the History Department of the Hebrew University 1980-2019 and in the IDF Command and Staff college and Tactical Command College. Head of IDF History Department\ the General Staff 2007-2014. Published and edited, mainly in Hebrew, books and articles on Israeli military history, mostly on the 1948 War.

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Israeli History, Politics and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
HISTORY / Military / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies