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a number of excellent books written about the Volunteers in the War of
Independence. Unfortunately, most of them are out of print. However, Ehud
Yonay's "NO MARGIN FOR ERROR" is still available. His book gives an excellent
account of the development of the Israeli Air Force with much of it dealing
with the Machal Volunteers who formed the fighter and bomber wings in those
early days of the Jewish State.
well worth reading is "NO TROPHY NO SWORD" by Air Force Machalnik Harold
Livingston. He tells the fascinating story of the Air Transport Command
and the pilots and crew who flew the old, falling apart war surplus C-46
Transports from California to Panama, Brazil, Africa, Italy, and then on
to a secret base in Communist Czechoslovakia where the planes were loaded
up with their cargoes of arms, ammunition - and fighter planes - ironically
a complete listing of all Machal resources, books etc., click here.
is a book by yours truly - Jason Fenton. I have just completed a 500 page,
12 chapter book that started out as the story of my Unit's participation
in the War of Independence but which grew to include the full story of
the Volunteers. It is dedicated to the men and women of Machal who risked
their lives to ensure Israel's survival.
IN THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE" is written from a perspective that other books
about Israel's most costly war have rarely had - that of the Machal 'Anglo-Saxim'
who brought so much expertise and experience to the nascent Jewish Army
in all branches of the IDF. The book is fully illustrated with campaign
maps and over 200 original photographs (most of them from the personal
collections of the Machalniks themselves) of those momentous times and
is replete with many excerpts from the 1948/49 Palestine Post that provide
background on all phases of the war, plus articles that relate specifically
to the contributions of the foreign volunteers.
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