The Jewish Legion and the First World War

  • Authors
  • Martin Watts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Martin Watts
    Pages 1-19
  3. Martin Watts
    Pages 20-47
  4. Martin Watts
    Pages 48-75
  5. Martin Watts
    Pages 76-116
  6. Martin Watts
    Pages 117-137
  7. Martin Watts
    Pages 138-159
  8. Martin Watts
    Pages 160-181
  9. Martin Watts
    Pages 182-200
  10. Martin Watts
    Pages 201-238
  11. Martin Watts
    Pages 239-243
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 244-287

About this book


In the autumn of 1917, the British government established three batallions of infantry, for the reception of non-nationalized Russian Jews. Known colloquially as the Jewish Legion, the batallions served in Egypt and Palestine, before their eventual disbandment in the late spring of 1921. By drawing on the testimonies of over 600 veterans, this unique unit is analyzed from within its political and social context, thus providing fresh insights into Anglo-Jewish relations during the early twentieth century.


1917 20th century Britain drawing event First World War Great Britain infantry Judaism Russia Russian twentieth century USA Zion

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51966-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-51454-6
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