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תא”ל (במיל’) פונדק, בביתו. צילום: יהודה גרוס, דובר צה”ל

Life of Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Yitzhak pundak, who in two weeks will celebrate
His 100th birthday, deeply interwoven in 65 years of the IDF, the IDF site interview he talks about the old days and the questions he has to the commanders at this time.

תאריך: 30/05/2013, 13:47    
מחבר: יעל ליבנת, אתר צה”ל

In two weeks in reserve Brigadier General Yitzhak pundak celebrates his 100th birthday, but no one will guess that this is the age of the man sitting upright in the chorsto, bloritho sight is still slowly and almost as sharp memory. The Inn tells of his part in fighting Israel, which took place last night. Brig. Gen. (Ret.) one issue Inn the familiar names in the IDF, heritage books, remembered for such strong Mag battles won in the war of independence, the Division rested and was the first captain of the sisters-in-law.
This week we will mention 65 years to establish Israel Defense Forces, which took years and a considerable part of Inn.

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Inn immigrated at the age of twenty, and Poland was sent to magdiel colony. A month later, have already joined the Defense Organization as full-fledged soldier, a farmer and construction worker until his departure to a grade controls in 1936. After three years.
Export controls training classes. In fact, he began his military service in 1933. 12 years later came the Inn to senior rank and served Chief District, overlooking shgzrato oversized area which began in the city streets and Egypt over the border, and after about 40 communities changes under his wing. Two years later called Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Tavern by the Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion for a brief conversation of about fifteen minutes, a superficial examination, based according to Ben Gurion’s diaries-law “Yitzhak pundak Tel Aviv capable.”

“It was decided after the call to be a battalion commander in the Givati Brigade established framework,” recalled Brig. Gen. (Ret.) his first tavern, “Mattis ordered me to walk around the outskirts of Tel Aviv and set up my Regiment. I had that experience and didn’t know where to recruit fighters and commanders, but I found two of the region’s defense, called them and asked volunteers to 53 battalion of the Givati Brigade. For the task given me three months. ”
In those three months was on the Mag to get a considerable amount of weapons, but during this short time has managed to achieve for one company only. “So before the 4 battles don’t succeed, but one which won and managed to defend the faith, and that’s because one machine on.” It was the first combat victory of 53 battalion.

50 terrorists first kills.

In March 1948, announced to the Inn because his regiment goes down South and dominates an area of about 45 miles. The lack of pizza Inn means a deep knowledge of the sector. Two months before the establishment of Israel, telling how Inn with the fighters in the besieged convoy to Kibbutz GAT and GAL-on. “We’ve been through three Arab villages without fuss and in absolute silence, and the fourth one in armor and Stingray. The force was attacked at night by Arabs in the town of Fallujah (near Kiryat Gat-Yun). My battalion platoon, in Kibbutz GAT, went for help. The front vehicle spotted in advanced power and because there were no means about the troops were confident that those Arabs and opened fire on them. The Chief of the Department GAT, and ran to the vehicle the gunman when he waved the white gopiitho and shout in Hebrew ‘ don’t shoot! ‘. The injured, but the shooting stopped him.

In the same battle, killing seven fighters from the Department. “Despite the tragedy we the dead in Fallujah and killed 50 Arab terrorists. It was my first battle as Meg, “he describes. At the first break, about a month later, ordered Brig. Gen. (Ret.) tavern to Kibbutz GAT the families of seven spaces in order to clarify the details of the incident. For four hours I told them how their sons died and gunfire. Tell the whole truth, and told them clearly – if you say I can’t be a c, I quit. Even though supportive families, and continued in the job “.

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Two months after the battle, recovered was the power of Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Egyptian Division cross Inn, which included tanks, artillery, and air force. “They came from Commons, but when we walked in the kibbutz Yad Mordechai surprised protect the settlers, killing about 200 warriors, Egypt. They then moved north in order to Tel Aviv and thus decide the war, Brig. Gen. (Ret.).

The events that followed, he remembers. Kibbutz nitzanim across Egypt without
Shoot one bullet, which counts years later as a failure of the group, but since the same event fights Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Tavern in order to prove the righteousness of buds and takes part of the blame on his responsibility. His wife, who died a decade ago, was buried in Kibbutz nitzanim. Department of Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Inn is on hand, next to the mass grave of
30 independence war martyrs. In addition, the birthday festivities celebrate the century group, wealthy man’s contribution to decide he wants to invest in delight.

Assault of the

At the time the parties were supposed to sign a truce. But in war as in war, there are misunderstandings between the two sides, and Egypt concluded that break come into effect the day after that, while the Israelis believed that the start at noon the same day. Therefore the Egyptians who ambush the day before 53 battalion fighters under the command of Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Inn and after attacking Kibbutz Negba attacked, ambush force at night. In that battle, 56 were killed and more than 100 fighters. After ceasefire bat
Last month, with the beginning of the third stage in the war, the regiment stood in front of six major battles, and won them all. The Magus then invited his Chief of staff, informed about the promotion. “when the Egyptians already settled in a place called” 69 “Hill was a British camp abandoned, above Kibbutz nitzanim, while the regiment was in the Arab village Beit Madras”, explains
Brig. Gen. (Ret.), “along the burrow began to strengthen and build bunkers, and trenches, and collaborated with the farm that night and worked in Kibbutz came to help.

Four days before the attack Sudanese company Madras House, until one of the positions, grenades and killed two warriors. “They came to Wadi was where we wanted to catch them. We opened fire and they disappeared, and in the morning I saw 28 bodies, “recalled Brigadier General (Ret.) Inn. “We left the area to look for POWs and found trio which included the Sudanese company, all injured. They were sure to kill them but we didn’t have any reason to do so.

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One of the officers, asked the speaker from why they moved to attack before the break, and replied in wonder “wanted to wait until they attack us with 12 guns?” There is over the period in the southern districts during the war and passed to serve as the Commander Inn junior high cheer in the Galilee and Jerusalem Division 6 until the end of the war.

The armour will decide the next war

Home Inn living room full of recognitions are made, military factor
Military courses and conferences, the module on the fascinating lectures over the years. Among the recognitions can be found black and white image, where neat rows of seeing tanks and around them. “That’s what we had in 1954. 60, maybe an image could not see but this is scrap. When I rode in the first tank and all round me, I said to myself-you’d know what I was going to tank, he describes his days as Commander of armored and sisters-in-law says that within three years.
Failed to establish teams for two and a half divisions.

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“Today I am sure without any doubt that he’s the one who will decide the armor of war, as the vanquished and six days in operation, the constant shrioner Temple. In 1959 released Brig. Gen. (Ret.) and army recruiting Tavern in 1971, this time as Governor of the Gaza Strip and Northern Sinai. “The only time the Strip was completely sedated. I could hang out in refugee camps without reserve and without weapons, even if there were games where football was the kicker. When I left organized twelve farewell parties, “he recalled.

He tells the stories of the battles in detail while running in his sights from those years. He is doing this out of a sense of mission. It hurts him that few people, whether civilian or uniformed, know the same stories he remembers so accurately. His age doesn’t bother him to go anywhere in the country and lecture to controls on what the Chief role in vision, and deploy multiple years teachings. This creates a closer relationship between the Kfir Brigade, which was every officer’s course and tells the story in a nutshell.

“Every time I’m standing in front of the controls I try to illustrate to them how Israel battles as Commander tnalati. I ask them a simple question-if today we were in the heart
Of war and you fall, 145 soldiers, and injured hundreds–would continue to fight. ” For Brig. Gen. (Ret.) the Inn an unambiguous answer.

“When I’m asked what the State was doing to me, I don’t understand the question. The State has not
Owe me anything. I came to this country at age 19 without popular education and the rank of Brigadier General. In what other country could get to like this boy? “, he concludes.
“The State has given me everything I have. I still owe her thanks for, and therefore will continue to contribute as much as I can for generations to come. “

Translated from Hebrew