A tribute to reservists

A former battalion commander in the Harel Armored Brigade, Nachum Baruchi says that ‘while most who recall the heroism of the IDF soldiers in the Six Day War tend to only focus on the paratroopers who liberated the Old City, people shouldn’t forget about the Harel Brigade’s contributions’

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May 30, 2013 14:56
Yoni Yuval (left) listens to Nachum Baruchi tell the story of his experience during the Six Day War.

Yoni Yuval. (photo credit: Courtesy: The Jewish Woman Entrepreneur)

 
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Standing atop a windswept hilltop monument on the outskirts of Mevaseret Zion commemorating the lives of 15 soldiers who fell in battle during the 1967 Six Day War, 76-year-old Lt.-Col. (res.) Nachum Baruchi gazes quietly eastward towards the ever-expanding city of Jerusalem.

Baruchi was a battalion commander during the war, serving in the IDF’s Harel Armored Brigade, composed exclusively of reserve soldiers spread out over three battalions. After all these years, he is still able to recall every precise detail of the battles that took place in that area over a 24-hour period beginning on June 5, 1967, as his troops were called into duty from the Ramle area to assist in breaking the Jordanian siege of the city – ultimately leading to the reunification of Jerusalem.

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