Moshe Dayan was assigned to a small Australian-Palmach-Arab reconnaissance task force, formed in preparation for the Allied invasion of Syria and Lebanon and attached to the Australian 7th Division. Using his home kibbutz of Hanita as a forward base, the unit frequently infiltrated Vichy French Lebanon, wearing traditional Arab dress, on covert surveillance missions.
On 7 June 1941, the night before the invasion of the Syria–Lebanon Campaign, Dayan's unit crossed the border and secured two bridges over the Litani River. When they were not relieved as expected, at 04:00 on 8 June, the unit perceived that it was exposed to possible attack and—on its own initiative—assaulted a nearby Vichy police station, capturing it. A few hours later, as Dayan was on the roof of the building using binoculars to scan Vichy French positions on the other side of the river, the binoculars were struck by a French rifle bullet fired by a sniper from several hundred yards away, propelling metal and glass fragments into his left eye and causing severe damage. Six hours passed before he could be evacuated, and he would have died if not for Bernard Dov Protter, who took care of him until they were evacuated. Dayan lost the eye. In addition, the damage to the extraocular muscles was such that Dayan could not be fitted with a glass eye, and he was compelled to adopt the black eye patch that became his trademark.
Attacker: Australian (2/14th Battalion, 2/6th Field Company, 7th Division)
Defender: Vichy French (Syrian Frontier Guards)
Turns: 5.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Iskenderun, Syria 1941-06-08
Squads: A:7.5 D:8.0
AFVs: A:0 D:1 Citroen 23 x 2 AMD 50 AM x 1
Guns: A:0 D:1 Mortier de 60 mle 35 x 1 Canon AC de 25 SA-L mle 34 x 1