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.