John Batchelor, Bruce Hoffman, Palestine discussed on The John Batchelor Show


John batchelor this is the john batchelor show bruce hoffman's new book is anonymous soldiers the struggle for israel nineteen seventeen thousand nineteen forty seven it's especially informed by records from the british mandate from the c i d the criminal investigation division and december of thirtyseven a man sir charles taggart arrives to take control of the palestine police force which is always undermanned he remakes the c i d department because it has been very very difficult to counterattack with poor intelligence and poor operatives and he built something called the tiger for what are those bruce and how are they used still in existence today and if you visit israel and parts of palestine you can see that basically they were meant to be all encompassing police barracks where the police could easily defend themselves if they were attacked but also could use that as a base to project force to go out on patrol and attempt to pacify the country so it was a means to compensate for the lack of manpower by situating these t guard fortresses basically at all the key points of communication throughout what was then palestine in other words vital crossroads next to important bridges you know next on the outskirts of cities to sort of prevent marauders troublemakers from entering the city and as i said even to this day there used by the israeli national police and they're are also used by the palestinian police forces so there there's there's there's still in use almost a century later the man who's running who's in charge of the british mandate is watch oh how do you say his name walkout he's recalled in march of nineteen thirty eight because he seen as too easy or too an exact or he's supervised this arab revolt inadequately for everyone and a new man arrived sir harold mcmichael whom we should now have the orchestra come up with villain music he's seen as aloof arrogant petty and he immediately is understood swinging everything toward the arabs why what was what what did what did he believe favoring the arabs would do for the conflict.

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