We Are Coming, Unafraid

We Are Coming, Unafraid
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The Jewish Legions and the Promised Land in the First World War
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Artikel-Nr:
9781442205505
Veröffentl:
2010
Seiten:
200
Autor:
Michael Keren
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This book tells the little-known stories of Jewish soldiers who served in the Jewish Legions during World War I. Three all-Jewish battalions formed in the British army as part of the Allies' Middle East campaign, recruiting soldiers from the United States, Canada, England, and Argentina. Drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, the book follows their journey at sea through unrestricted submarine warfare; by trains and trucks through Europe, Egypt, and Palestine; and their battlefield experiences. The authors show how these Yiddish-speaking young men forged a new kind of soldier identity with unique Jewish features, as well as an evolving sense of nationalism.
This book tells the little-known stories of three all-Jewish battalions formed in the British army as part of the Allies' Middle East campaign, recruiting soldiers from the United States, Canada, England, and Argentina. Many of the soldiers, ranging widely in education level, social class, and combat experience, were displaced immigrants or children of such immigrants. Together, they coalesced into the all-Jewish battalions: "the liberators of the Promised Land."

The ranks of the Jewish Legions included some who would become prominent leaders, such as David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Israel's second president; however, this book focuses on the experiences of ordinary soldiers who served alongside them. Drawing on diaries, memoirs, and letters, the book follows their journey at sea through unrestricted submarine warfare; by trains and trucks through Europe, Egypt, and Palestine; and their battlefield experiences. The authors show how these Yiddish-speaking young men forged a new kind of soldier identity with unique Jewish features, as well as an evolving sense of nationalism.

Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Leaving Home
Chapter 3: In Distant Lands
Chapter 4: To the Front
Chapter 5: On Bravery
Chapter 6: Hope and Disenchantment
Chapter 7: The Chaplain
Chapter 8: An Aristocrat of Sorts
Chapter 9: Memory and Identity
Chapter 10: A Soldier Left Behind
Chapter 11: Existential Zionism
Notes

Bibliography
Index

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