General of Panzertroops Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma, last commanding general of the AfrikaKorps. He was taken POW by the British in November 1942 and was released after the end of the war. He died in 1948 in his hometown of Dachau.
Palmach soldier on guard. Palmach units took a major part in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. At the beginning of the war, Palmach units were responsible for holding Jewish settlements (such as Gush Etzion, Kfar Darom and Revivim) against Arab militias. Although inferior in numbers and arms, Palmach soldiers held out long enough to allow the Haganah to mobilise the Jewish population and prepare for war.