Irgun/IZL 'Bren Machine Gun' military training manual, c.1946-47
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Rare Irgun/'Etzel' military training manual: "The Bren Machine Gun", a rudimentary 38-page single-sided type-written training booklet on the use of the Bren, circa. 1946-47 (during the height of the 'Hebrew Revolt' against the British Mandate). The manual is structured in 13 chapters accompanied by 19 intricate drawings on the operation and use of the Mark I and Mark II versions of the Bren, an interesting element of which is its localized content but apparently British-inspired pictures: the hand-drawn replications(?) of pictures depict men in authentically British uniforms and helmets, but the text is written from the point of view of the Irgun members themselves. "The advantage of the machine gun is that we can turn out a greater quantity of firepower with a smaller number of men." The opening introduction also left blank space open for someone to hand-write in the English letters and words for the explanation of the 'Bren' gun's name: BR - from Brno, the Czech city in which the gun was originally invented, and EN - from Enfield, the British city where the producing factory was located.

The title page of the manual bears the dedication: "To the memory of Sgt. Ehud", the Irgun "nom de guerre" of Israel Feinerman (21.5.23 - 23.4.46), one of 69 Beitar and Irgun members of the Palestine Regiment court-martialled by the British in 1943 during the "struggle for the flag and symbol" in the British army, for their refusal to wear the regiment's non-Zionist emblem, and later killed during the arms raid on the Ramat Gan police station (in which Dov Gruner, a famous Irgun personality, was wounded). The booklet's binding is loose as are several pages within it; there are some pages with mis-positioned type-setting too, but overall the materials are all intact and lovely for viewing.

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