Jewish voluntary military units formed during the First World War to fight with British troops for the liberation of Palestine from Turkish rule after Turkey entered the war in 1914 on the side of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The legion was conceived and promoted by Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky, a Russian-Jewish intelectual and Zionist. The units were gradually demobilized after the war and during the interwar years Haganah was born and eventually the Israel Defense Forces.
Scope and Content
File consists of a a booklet titled History of the Jewish Legion on the 50th Anniversary of the Jewish Battalion 1917-1967 by Dr. J. Schechtman and two typed excerpts from the Story of the Jewish Legion by Zeev Jabotinsky. There is correspondence from Shlomo Perla of the Zionist Revisionist Organization of Toronto to John Glass concerning the donation to Glass of the publications mentioned above. Finally, there is material prepared by Glass including Preface to the History of the Jewish Legion, notes, and a detailed essay "The Unique Saga of the Jewish Legion."
One of the Zeev Jabotinsky excerpts is badly stained.