HANOCH BARTOV
IN HIS OWN WORDS

My father and mother came to Palestine from Poland in 1925 as a young couple. I was born in Palestine in the town of Petah Tikvah on August 13, 1926.

In the mid-thirties I was at school, turning Bar Mitzvah days before World War II broke out. I joined the Haganah at thirteen [years of age] and volunteered into the Palestine Regiment of the British Army on July 7, 1943.

I served with the E Company, 3rd Jewish Battalion, Palestine Regiment, as rifleman. When the Jewish Brigade was formed (in the end of September, 1944) I trained as a stretcher-bearer (medic) and was posted to H.Q. Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion, and during our stay at the battlefield was attached to the B Company. I was a private soldier.

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