(left) The Spring Offensive, Italy, 1945.
(right) The Jewish Brigade at the Italian Front. The Brigade was the only all-Jewish fighting unit in World War II.
Jewish Brigade soldiers in battle
After brief training in the Egyptian Desert, and more intense training outside Rome, the Jewish Brigade -- 5500 strong -- went to the front line as part of the British Army.
They began to fight in the north of Italy in late winter of 1945.
Coming this late in the war, the Jewish Brigade's small battles were of no consequence to the war's outcome, but had tremendous symbolic importance to these men. Young Jews from Palestine, they proved they could fight and win against the vaunted German Army.
Their accomplishments were set against the backdrop of the Holocaust in which so many of their own families were killed.
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