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Turner, Shimon

Turner, Shimon


Son of Leah and Isaac, was born on 14.9.1930 in the city of Mashana Dolna, Poland. He began studying in a Polish elementary school and continued to study for a few months in a Ukrainian school. Shimon immigrated to Israel with the Teheran Children in 1943. He spent some time in Mikvah Israel, in a religious institution of the Youth Aliyah in Petach Tikvah, and later attended Yeshivah in Bnei Brak and often sent food parcels to his family. In order to prepare the possibility of raising the family, he left the yeshiva and began working in weaving. Shimon joined the ranks of the Haganah and from the beginning of the War of Independence was active in the religious unit of the Alexandroni Brigade. He participated as a machine gunner in the battles of Lod, Ramle, Jerusalem and the Negev with the rank of lieutenant colonel and later a lieutenant colonel and was known as an organized commander who knew how to hold people. During Operation Horev, a “liquidation” operation was carried out against the “Faluja pocket,” in which an Egyptian brigade was besieged. The attack took place on the eastern flank of the “pocket” in the area of Iraq al-Manshiyya. The Alexandroni forces broke into the village from the south and took over part of it, but their assault on the hill north of the village was repulsed. Meanwhile, the Egyptians recovered and attacked and forced our forces to withdraw. Part of the force was trapped inside the village. In this battle, he fell on the 28th of Kislev 5709 (December 28, 1948). He was buried in Fallujah. After a while, he was laid to rest at the military cemetery in Nahalat Yitzhak.

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