First Commander and chief instructor of the IDF Paras - Tom Derek Bowden

RIP Tom Bowden - that was a hell of an innings

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Tributes have been paid to the non-Jewish soldier from Britain who went to fight for the new State of Israel in the 1948 War of Independence and who later commanded Israel’s first paratrooper regiment.

Tom Derek Bowden, a South London cavalry officer who died on Monday aged 97, was one of 5,000 foreigners who volunteered to fight for the nascent State of Israel from abroad. They became known by the Hebrew acronym ‘Machal.’




Tom Derek Bowden | World Machal
 
RIP Tom Bowden - that was a hell of an innings

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Tributes have been paid to the non-Jewish soldier from Britain who went to fight for the new State of Israel in the 1948 War of Independence and who later commanded Israel’s first paratrooper regiment.

Tom Derek Bowden, a South London cavalry officer who died on Monday aged 97, was one of 5,000 foreigners who volunteered to fight for the nascent State of Israel from abroad. They became known by the Hebrew acronym ‘Machal.’

Tom Derek Bowden | World Machal
R.I.P Sir. Interesting life indeed. I wonder how he felt when fighting the Arab Legion, knowing that it was commanded and supplied by Britain.
 
RIP Tom Bowden - that was a hell of an innings

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Tributes have been paid to the non-Jewish soldier from Britain who went to fight for the new State of Israel in the 1948 War of Independence and who later commanded Israel’s first paratrooper regiment.

Tom Derek Bowden, a South London cavalry officer who died on Monday aged 97, was one of 5,000 foreigners who volunteered to fight for the nascent State of Israel from abroad. They became known by the Hebrew acronym ‘Machal.’




Tom Derek Bowden | World Machal
I had just been reading about Him last week. And a guy called Mike Flanagan who arguably was the founder of the IDF Armored Corps. Alav ha Shalom.
 

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