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Withdrawn. Two Intelligence Reports from the War of Independence – Battles in Jerusalem – Report on the Death of ...
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Withdrawn. Two Intelligence Reports from the War of Independence – Battles in Jerusalem – Report on the Death of Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni / Testimonies by Soldiers who Participated in Operation Shmuel
Two intelligence reports concerning battles in Jerusalem - War of Independence. [Jerusalem?], 1948.
1-2. Report from April 9, 1948, typewritten and mimeographed, containing a preliminary report about the death of Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni, the commander of the Arab forces in Jerusalem, in the battle of the Castel. The report, which is addressed to "Eldad" and "Hashmonai" (apparently Eldad Orbach-Avidar, commander of the Nahshon Battalion, and intelligence officer Yaakov Eini) from "Tzaddik" (apparently intelligence officer Moshe Diskin), gives news that was received from "Yehiam" (Mordechai Gazit), commander of one of the companies that took part in the battle: "One Arab apparently lost his way and reached the headquarters, where he was killed, and a handgun, a Sten and important papers were found on him. His name – Abd El-Khadr Sulim….". A handwritten note in parentheses appears near that sentence: "Abdel Qadr Husayni". The report also refers to the troops’ exhaustion, the urgent need to replace them, and the fall of Haim Cohen, one of the combat soldiers (his personal information appears at the bottom, together with orders to notify his family of his death, and the handwritten note: "His body has not yet been found").
Two copies (the same handwritten additions appear on both).
 leaf, approx. 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Creases and slight stains. Filing holes and pinholes. Tears and open tears in the margins (not affecting text).
3. Report from March 13, 1948, typewritten, containing accounts by two combat soldiers who had returned from Operation Shmuel (an attempt by the Haganah to attack Arab vehicles on the Ramallah-Latrun highway). In their accounts, the two soldiers, Yitzhak Goldberger and Yitzhak Silberstein, describe the chain of events of the operation, the array of forces, the discovery of the ambush and the retreat under fire. The report also contains a handwritten sketch of the arrangement of the troops, with the names of the combat soldiers who took part in the action.
Only three of the nineteen combat soldiers who took part in Operation Shmuel returned alive. The writer of the report and those to whom it was addressed are the same people noted in the above paragraph, with two others: "Shadmi" [Issachar Shadmi?] and "Ben Yehudah" [Netiva Ben-Yehudah?].
2 pp, 33 cm. Good condition. Some creases and blemishes. Pinholes in the upper margin (not affecting text).