Jewish Soldiers and Jerusalem
Paratroopers at the Western Wall, 1967 (Israel Government Press Office)
The photo was taken just hours after the Israel Defense Forces captured Jerusalem's Old City during the Six-Day War after the Jordanian army fired on the Jewish half of the city.
The Western Wall has been a magnet for Jewish soldiers over the last century, in addition to regular worshipers.
We present these pictures for "Yom Yerushalayim" which begins Tuesday evening.
Austrian Jewish soldiers at the Western Wall. The Austrian and German armies were allied with the Turkish army during World War I, 1915 (Harvard Library/Central Zionist Archives). The photographer, Ya'akov Ben-Dov, moved to Palestine from Kiev in 1907. He was drafted into
the Ottoman army during World War I and served as a photographer in Jerusalem
Jewish soldiers from the British Army after the capture of Jerusalem in December 1917 (Wikipedia)
Two British soldiers, presumably Jewish, at the Western Wall during a major snow storm in 1921 (Library of Congress)
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