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"The arrival of Cromwells, with their turrets revolving and guns dipping was a surprise and created considerable interest. Some spectators clapped their hands, others wanted to buy a tank but from subsequent police reports there was no doubt the sight of the tanks in the streets of Jaffa had a good effect upon the people and a sobering effect on the hooligans." CO's Report on 1st Infantry Brigade's attempt to discourage disturbances in Jaffa, January 1948; WO261/197

Station Armoury, 1944

Veterans' Helpline: 0800 1692277.

There is a grant available for WWII veterans to visit old battlefields.

For family historians: it's possible to obtain service records. There may be a £30 charge.

Army vocabulary can be mystifying: this site about the LRDG sheds some light.


There are a great many websites about Palestine so below is just a limited selection. If you think a particular site should be included please let me know.

1st Battalion the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders — detailed regimental history of the battalion's service in Palestine with many photos.

Bill 'Wattie' Watts' has set up a site specifically to help Palestine Veterans get in touch with each other.

Britains Small Wars - Palestine — photographs, stories and background to service in Palestine 1945-1948.

Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem by Issa Nakhleh; fully referenced.

Forces Reunited for those trying to get in touch with old friends.

Land of Broken Promises — Margaret Penfold's site with more veterans' memories.

MOD Roll of Honour — brief history and some photographs.

Pte Des Le Pard's letters from Palestine on his son's blog.

The Palestine Police Old Comrades' Association — details their history and has a few photographs as well as present contact details of the Association. NB The PPOCA is now closed and the British Palestine Police Association, (BPPA), has recently been formed.

The Movement Control Association's articles on troopship history by RG Robertson.

Photographs and film clips

bombed king david hotel
Terrorist attack on
King David Hotel

British Pathé — previews only but worth watching.

Budget Films — many clips about Palestine.

Charles Cooper, RAOC in the BBC WW2 People's War collection; other memories here too.

Colonial Films Portrait of Palestine, 1947; 17min 24sec, 2 reels.

Desert Bloom's large collection of photos on Flikr; many of British Army in Palestine, circa 1936, and other Middle East images.

Harry Charles Farmer's photographs of Palestine and Egypt, 1947.

Matson Photographic Collection — photographs from the late 19th Century to 1946.

National Army Museum online Palestine exhibition.

People and Places of Palestine. (10min)

Rev Harry Pointon's photos — mostly of Jerusalem.

Ronald Hornsey, 3rd King's Own Hussars photos of war in the Middle East with index.

The Imperial War Museum has a huge collection of film, sound, photographs and documents; some online.

The Royal Anglian & Royal Lincolnshire Regimental Association: photos from: John Searby | George Massey | Drummer Frederick Wragg.

Support for service veterans

ABF The Soldiers' Charity: financial assistance to veterans or those currently serving and their families.

BLESMA: provides assistance to limbless veterans particularly with regard to disablement pensions and prosthetic limbs.

Viv Giles in his billet

Combat Stress: for those veterans with psychological wounds.

Commandos Benevolent Fund provides financial assistance to former Army Commandos and their dependants.

Help for Heroes supports soldiers engaged in current conflicts.

mesothelioma-advice is not specifically for veterans but provides support to anyone developing this cancer which can occur many years after exposure to asbestos.

Mesothelioma cancer targets veterans due to the extensive amount of asbestos used in past military equipment. With over 30% of all mesothelioma patients being veterans. Mesothelioma Group's mission is to provide free veteran-specific resources and support for patients and their loved ones.

Poppy Scotland: welfare assistance to veterans and their families in Scotland.

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund: provides welfare assistance for former or serving members of the RAF and their families.

Seafarers UK: supports and promotes organisations that look after seafarers in need, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines, together with their families and dependants.

SSFA Forces Help: provides assistance to veterans, or those currently serving, and their families.

The Not Forgotten Association: provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities.

The Royal British Legion: provide practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust: provides financial assistance and runs their own care home, Pembroke House, near Chatham.

Veterans Aid: for veterans in crisis no matter in which service or when you served.

Veterans UK: provide information on services from many organisations.

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soldier peering over sandbagged barricade on roof
Tank crew on their chariot
Photo: Edwin Jack
large group of soldiers
Ian Walker's unit, Beisan
severely bomb damaged building
Haifa Police HQ 1947
soldier peering over sandbagged barricade on roof
Army fire brigade, Haifa
soldier peering over sandbagged barricade on roof
Bren Gun group in hills
Photo: Gerald Rich, Cameron Highlanders
Photo: Walter Hogg, 51 MT RAF
Fire in Haifa
Photo: Ove Nielsen
palm trees on a  bay