Rule 5 Blogging: Israeli War of Independence

It’s the weekend, and time, once again, for our version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacy McCain described as putting pictures of pretty women somewhat deshabille, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Anne Hathaway in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

We presented Rule 5 Blogging: IDF edition, but they were modern Israeli soldiers. Women have been serving beside men in the Israeli Defence Forces ever since the 1948 War of Independence, because it was just plain necessary. This week’s Rule 5 posting goes back to 1948, and some of the women who served in that war.

During the 1948 War of Independence, an Israeli soldier undergoes grenade training.

Young Jewish women with Sten Gun somewhere in present day Israel, 1948 War of Independence.

Esther Cailingold, Haganah Soldier

Not as large a picture as we usually have for Rule 5, but you can read the biography of Esther Cailingold here. She gave her life for her country.

Lydia Frysk

Killed 173 men in the assault on the capital. During the final push of the Great War of Independence Lydia Frysk hid in the forests with her rifle and over a period of eighty days killed one hundred men with her rifle. She was believed to be an entire squad of guerillas by the government and mortar fire was used in an attempt to kill her. They failed. A sniper shot at a shadow in a barn he thought was her, the bullet penetrated the building and the lucky sniper unwittingly hit her in the head. Convinced she was about to die she wrote RASPUTIN in her own blood on the ground. After the war was won she was commended by the general for service deemed by all practical standards impossible.

Women of the Palmach at Ein Gedi, 1942

The Palmach (פלמ”ח) was the elite strike force of the Haganah, the underground army of the Jews during the British Mandate in Palestine.

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