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Author Watts, Martin.

Title The Jewish Legion during the First World War [electronic resource] / Martin Watts.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.


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Physical description 312 p.
Notes Ebook.
Originally published in: 2004.
Contents Introduction The Zion Mule Corps The Founding of the Legion: Part One The Founding of the Legion: Part Two The Raising of the Batallions: Great Britain The Raising of the Batallions: The United States Preparation and Prejudice The Legion at War Disturbance and Decline Conclusions.
File type Document
Summary In September 1917 the British government established three battalions of infantry for the reception of non-nationalized Russian Jews: the 38th, 39th and 40th Royal Fusiliers. These were recruited, in the main, from Britain, the United States and Palestine respectively. The Jewish Legion was founded in response to a two-year agitation led by Vladimir Jabotinsky, and among its ranks were several future leaders of Israel, including David Ben-Gurion, Izaak Ben-Zvi and Levi Eshkol. In this book, Jabotinsky's efforts are reviewed against a background of intra-communal difficulties raised by the questions of military service, citizenship and anti-Semitism in Britain and the United States. The testimonies of over 600 veterans, supported by other sources, have been used to analyse the make-up, personal experiences, military performance and treatment of the Legion. This review and analysis of a unique British army unit, within its political and social context, provides fresh insights into Anglo-Jewish relations during the early twentieth century.
System notes Adobe Ebook Reader.
History notes MARTIN WATTS in addition to a commercial career, studied Modern History at the Polytechnic of North London and the Open University, UK. He has taught with the College of the Sea, and as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University.
Subject British & Irish history -- British Isles.
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000 -- British Isles.
ISBN 9780230514546 : 絮90
0230514545 : 絮90