Days after the official birth of the state of Israel, war had already come to a small Jewish settlement which was situated squarely on the main road leading to Tel Aviv. While Egyptian forces prepared to roll through the settlement as part of the overall battle plan to crush the Jewish state before it was born, the defenders, made up of settlers, their wives and members of the elite Palmach, a fighting force formed in 1941, girded for the defense with mines, wire and a pillbox. The kibbutz buildings were smashed into splinters by a fierce bombardment. Not a single human casualty was taken, however, until enemy armored cars were seen exiting a banana plantation, heading for the pillbox on the outskirts of the settlement. Egyptian soldiers followed from a nearby wadi. . .
Attacker: Egyptian (Elements of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, Egyptian 7th Brigade)
Defender: Israeli (Elements consisting of male and female kibbutz settlers and Palmach members)