Rare "C Company" ("Pluga Gimmel") of the Palmach assembly commemoration medal, 1963; struck in bronze(?); no maker mark; weight: 18.15g; size: 35.5mm. Obverse bears emblem of the Palmach with legend "Assembly of C Company Chanukka [Jewish holiday] 5723 "; legend on reverse reads "Palmach Heights ["Maaleh Palmach"] | (Al Yahud Aperature) | This passage was forged by C Company as a way out of a dead end during the march in the year 1944 5720 [a mistake in the Hebrew date which should read 5704] | "A wild passage between hills" [quotation from the Palmach's anthem]".
C Company of the Palmach was formed in the same year as the Palmach (1941) in the Jezreel Valley region but initially consigned to home-based training for lack of funds; in 1942, with the threat of a German invasion of Palestine looming the Company was mustered out, given proper training and assigned bases in the Valley for their service. In 1944, as part of one of their fitness hikes (from the Dead Sea to Kibbutz Revivim) the Company had to bypass one of the heights in order to avoid detection and possible confrontation with British patrols (Jewish self defence being maintained covertly at this time), and so they went through a massive valley called the "Great Wadi" and created an improvised passage upwards when confronted by an impassable water fall. This passage, known then as "Al Yahud" is now known as the "Palmach Ascent".
Tokens from the Palmach at such low unit levels, like companies, are quite scarce. In EF-AU: some residue around the details from polish; some surficial scratches on the surface (possibly from being polished).
מילות מפתח: מיליטריה מיליטאריה מדליות מדליה מזכרות מזכרת אות אותות יחידות יחידה הנצחה הוקרה צה"ל צה"לי צבא הגנה פלמ"ח שייטת