Silver (.925) tallion of the 4th Battalion of the "Har'el Brigade" of the Palmach (the pre-State Israeli special shock company formation): this is a uniface tag featuring the Palmach emblem of a sword across two ears of corn and the name "Palmach" at the base; it incorporates the 4th Battalion's name with the word "Portzim" (Hebrew for "penetrators" or "breachers") in Hebrew on the sword itself. The 4th "Portzim" Battalion together with the 5th "Shaar Ha'Gay" and 6th "Jerusalem" battalions formed the Har'el Brigade, which during the War of Independence, was commanded by Yitzhak Rabin and fought around Jerusalem, penetrating the seige imposed by the Arab Legion on the city.
Though undated, the tallion is probably a period piece: its make in silver attests to the importance of the lifting of the Jerusalem siege; there is no commemorative date suggesting it was made afterwards on a special date; and in the IDF there is also a strong tradition of private issues of badges and emblems ordered by individual units and these are worn by serving or former members. In excellent, preserved condition.
מילות מפתח: מיליטריה מיליטאריה סיכות סיכה יחידות יחידה שירות חולצה חולצות דרגה דרגות תג תגיות צה"ל צה"לי צבא הגנה פלמ"ח