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Jewish Ingenuity - The Bullet Factory

This morning we were picked up by David Sussman, our tour guide for the nexr six days. Our first stop was in the southern Tel-Aviv suburb of Rehovot. Here sits Machon Ayalon or the Bullet Factory on a Kibbutz (a communal settlement) just out of town. This is a story that literally determined the survival of the state of Israeli.

Prior to 1948, when Palestine was under British rule, the Jews living in the territory knew that when the British left, the Arab countries would attack a newly-formed Jewish state and so they had to prepare. One of the problems was that there was a shortage of ammunition-bullets. The Haganah which was the precursor of the Israeli Defence Forces, smuggled bullet making machines from Poland and then proceeded to start producing bullets for a future war. They decided to build a factory under the kibbutz, and right under the noses of the British. One opening was under the laundry in order to move the workers in and out, while the other was under the bakery to move machinery. They even managed to divert the extra electricity needed without the British ever suspecting.

The plant, the size of a tennis court, was built in 21 days! In just over three years, including the 1948 war there were five million bullets produced. Without thees bullets the Israelis would have lost the war. It took a lot of ingenuity to achieve such an outcome against many odds,

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Posted by PassionRetirees 10:45 Archived in Israel

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