Large Collection of Issues of "Yoman" - The General Transport Unit, Royal Service Corps
Sold for: $360
$600 - $900
Auction house commission: 22%
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78 issues of the Jewish Brigade soldiers' bulletin, Yoman - The Hebrew General Transport Unit - י.ע.ל. Almost completely continuous series from the first bulletin published in May 1942, almost continuous until issue 85, December 1944. Britain, Libya, Egypt.
Lacking issues 5, 20, 47, 57, 58, 73, 77.
From the opening words of the first issue: "We are privileged to be the first Hebrew unit, for transport. We are privileged to be creating and consolidating its character ... the first Yoman is hereby presented ... to all members of the unit." In the foreword of issue 46 from 21/5/43: "We were recruited with one great consideration, that being: war with the enemy who arose to destroy our people. War with an enemy such has not arisen against the Jewish people and all of humanity, with the hate, the bestiality and the power of destruction within him. We have enlisted as an emotional response, almost instinctive, to the possibility of the destruction of Jewry in exile and the cutting off of the final unit - the Land of Israel ... We want to be among those who bring the news of liberation and redemption to the ghettos of destroyed European Jewry!"
The issues were printed in stencil; most contain illustrations of the daily lives of the Hebrew soldiers. Aside affiliate reports, yizkor notices for fallen soldiers, and reference to the fate of the Jewish people, there are humorous segments and caricatures. Overall fine condition except for light stains and tears in the margins of some of the issues.