Lt. Johanan Peltz had come to Palestine in 1935 from Kielce in Poland, where he had been denied admission to the University because he was a Jew. In his second year at Haifa University, he quit to enlist in the Palestine Police Horse Unit (the mounted police).

Shot in the leg as he fought Arab attackers near the Dead Sea, he was forced to resign. Nonetheless, after World War II began he became a 2nd Lieutenant in the British Army. Later he was assigned to the Palestine Buff's Infantry Regiment and then the Brigade.

At the Senio River, Peltz led his men in one of the few daylight bayonet charges in all World War II. Later he commanded a battalion in Shlomo Shamir's 7th Brigade in the War of Independence, and remained in the army as a senior training officer for the wars that followed.




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