Episode 5.4 The First Arab – Israeli War 3 — September 21, 2020

Episode 5.4 The First Arab – Israeli War 3

The Arab Armies

A review of the Arab armies that would invade Israel in May 1948.  With the expect for Jordan, the armies of Egypt, Syria and Lebanon were in no way prepared for a modern conversational war in Palestine, there more like national constabularies designed to combat civilian riots and internal revolts.  The Arab Legion of Jordan was indeed a modern professional army, a biography of Glubb Pasha the British commander of the Arab Legion.  In the coming war the Israeli Army was not outnumbered by the Arab armies they would face.

To be published on Saturday 26th September.

General Glubb Pasha
Episode 5.3 The First Arab – Israeli War 2 —

Episode 5.3 The First Arab – Israeli War 2

Civil War in Palestine

In the early months of 1948 before the end of British Mandate in Palestine despite the presence of a hundred thousand British troops, Palestine was torn apart by inter communal fighting between Jews and Arabs.  Jewish military forces captured several Cites such as Haifa, Jaffa and Acre, Arab refugees flee Palestine the vast majority were never able to return.  A biography of king Abdullah of Jordan, his war aims would be different from the other Arab states, he did not want an independent Palestine state but Jordan annexing the West Bank instead.

King Abduallah
Episode 5.2 First Arab – Israeli War 1 — September 7, 2020

Episode 5.2 First Arab – Israeli War 1

The British mandate

In this first episode of a ten part series on the First Arab – Israeli War, I will deal with the British mandate in Palestine, starting with the British occupation in 1917, the British Government promise to create a Jewish state made during the First World War, the increased level of Jewish immigration into Palestine, the Arab revolt (1936 to 1939), the troubled history of Palestine after the Second World War.  The decision by the United Nations to create two states in Palestine, a Jewish and Arab state.  A biography of Jewish leader David Ben Gurion.

David Ben Gurion
First Arab – Israeli War — September 2, 2020

First Arab – Israeli War

Starting from Saturday 12th September, I will be beginning a ten part series on the First Arab – Israeli War (1948 – 1949).  This will focus on the military history of the war rather the moral rights or wrongs of the Middle East conflict.  The series will begin will the start of the British occupation of Palestine in 1917, take in the Arab Revolt (1936-1939), the troubled history of Palestine after the Second World War.  The decision of the United Nations to divide Palestine into two states.  The Civil War which engulfed Palestine in the early months of 1948.  The declaration of the state of Israel, the Arab invasion of Israel and the course of the war.  I shall also discuss the outcome of the war, and finish with the overthrown of King Fakour of Egypt.

The proposed United Nation division of Palestine

 

The Arab invasion of Israel May 1948
Episode 5.1 Kenya and Madagascar — September 1, 2020

Episode 5.1 Kenya and Madagascar

Kenya and Madagascar

To start season five which deals with the Cold War in the Middle East and Africa between 1945 and 1965, which will be published weekly for the next eight months..  This episode deals with the Madagascan uprising against French Colonial rule and the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya against the British. There is a biography of General Erskine the commander of the British Army in Kenya.

To be published on Saturday 5th September.

General Erskine