Original uniform with David Ben-Gurion association, worn in the 1948 War of Independence by an officer in Israel's first army, IDF/Zahal.

This Zahal military jacket, blouse, and trousers were worn and belonged to David Leshem who, in 1956, married Renana Ben-Gurion, daughter of Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Renana was a microbiologist, David, an engineer. The Israeli Defense Forces (Zahal) was established on May 27, 1948. Its objectives include defending the existence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the State of Israel, deterring all enemies, and curbing all forms of terrorism which threaten daily life. The service uniform for all IDF ground forces personnel was olive green. This blouse, trousers, and jacket were issued for the Zahal in 1948. The lighter colored blouse and trousers were part of the officer's "working" uniform. The darker jacket was part of the dress uniform. Three 0.5" x 1.25" bars, each with an olive branch, are embroidered and affixed to each shoulder of the lined wool dress jacket which has two chest pockets and two lower pockets, each with pocket flaps. Letters and numbers are penned inside the right sleeve. The wool battledress blouse has two chest pockets with pocket flaps, a long waist belt secured by a roller-type buckle, wrist cuffs which can be unbuttoned and button and metal hooks at throat closure. The 1.75" x 2.5" label sewed inside the blouse is imprinted: "Battledress/Blouse, 1940 Pattern/Size No. 13/Height 5' 11" to 6' 0"/Breast 38" to 39"/Waist 33" to 34"/Akett Limited/1945." Battledress blouses of this type first became general issue to all British Royal Air Force personnel in 1943. Three metal bars connected to each other, each depicting an olive branch, are mounted on a 1.75" x 1.25" red cloth and are affixed to each shoulder of the blouse. It is a fact that before Israel's 1948 War of Independence, the Haganah, the underground military organization which became the IDF, procured battledress blouses from British military bases in the area. This may have been one of them. The trousers are numbered "8" in ink inside. There is a one pocket with flap on the left thigh and one on the right buttocks, and one buttoned pocket on the right thigh, with a six button fly. Also present are two similar 3.75" x 2" pieces of olive cloth which research has shown were used to cover the bars on each shoulder identifying the soldier's rank; officers were, and still are, targets of enemy sharpshooters. The name "Leshem/David" in Hebrew has been penned in black ink on each cloth. This is the only original Israeli IDF/Zahal uniform we have ever seen being offered for sale. It is of museum quality in very fine condition. The fact that it was worn in Israel's first army and belonged to David Ben-Gurion's son-in-law adds to its historical significance and exceptional desirability.

Item: 50531

Price: $25,000.00
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