The travel through time experienced in the Palmach Museum I Tel Aviv, Israel, takes the visitor back into the 1940s, a decade around the Earth, plus also a turning point in the history of the Jewish men and women.
The deluxe tours at the bunker-like museum enable visitors to view history through the eyes of people who have been instrumental in creating the State of Israel.
Palmach, an abbreviation of Plugot Machatz [Strike Force] sprang in the Haganah, a volunteer army organization which was launched in 1920 when the British Mandate dominated pre-State Israel.
From the early 1940s, when the Germans invade Africa, and Syria and Lebanon are under the control of the Vichy regime, the British train and use the Haganah/Palmach forces to help overcome an Axis invasion. However, when Rommell retreats from Egypt in 1942, the British, with no more need of extra forces,
The Haganah and Palmach leaders determine the time has come to go underground. But funds are seriously needed.
The mutually beneficial plan introduced by the kibbutzim into the Palmach and Haganah leaders, where Haganah and Palmach members could train and work on kibbutz, proves to be a superb solution.
Over a 3 year span, from 1942-1945, the Palmach train women and men. The naval platfrom of the Palmach trains SEALS and attracts over refugees from Europe, in defiance of the British Mandate. New settlements are made for the recently arrived Holocaust survivors.