Dunkelman joined the Machal (foreign fighters for Israel) in 1948 at the onset of the Arab-Israeli War and was active in helping the fledgling Israeli Army break out of Jerusalem and find a road to Tel Aviv. The Burma Road--named after a Second World War Burma supply route--was a makeshift route from Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv. Israeli soldiers including Dunkelman drove a convoy at night along a little-used route to reconnect the two cities. Later in the war, commanding the 7th Brigade, he captured Nazareth and northern Galilee. After Dunkelman had left the Israel Defence Forces in 1949 to seek work as a businessman, he still kept in contact with the Israeli army through such organizations as the Jewish War Veterans of Canada, The 7th Brigade Veterans Fund, American Veterans of Israel, the Association of Jewish War Veterans, and the Mahal Association.
Scope and Content
Series consists of reports, clippings, correspondence, photographs, maps and documents recording Ben Dunkelman's involvement in the Arab-Israeli War. The series branches into the following topics in this order: Machal; the 7th Brigade; Operation Hiram; Operation Dekel; the Burma Road; the Israel Defence Forces; a Profile of Ben Dunkelman; and Arab-Israeli War veterans.
Some records are fragile.
See fonds 2, series 6 for more information on the Arab-Israeli War. Dunkelman wrote an autobiography, Dual Allegiance, based on his experiences in the Arab-Israeli War and the Second World War.