David, thanks for reading & commenting. This piece took me a while, but there's always more to learn & to convey.
I'm really interested in what you dad told you. What I wrote about the White Paper motivated by Great Britain's need to consolidate troops for the coming war with Germany ... does that coincide with his experience?
I recall a movie about post-war Palestine & the formation of Israel. Not Exodus or Cast a Giant Shadow. Can't recall the title, but it portrayed a group of refugees landing on the beach. Palestinian Jews come to greet them. Suddenly they're confronted by the British army. The officer in charge demands the refugees step forward. In response the Palestinian Jews exchange clothes with the refugees. The officer then insists if they don't step forward they'll be fired on. Tense moments ensue as he counts down. The refugees stand their ground. At the last moment the officer stands down. Everyone cheers.
My dad's second wife grew up in pre-war Palestine. I used to ask her about her experiences there. The only thing she told me was that she & the other kids didn't like the British & made of them for wearing kilts. Maybe she knew your dad?
I really admire Great Britain's stand during World War Two, but there were failures that could have been addressed, especially in post-war Palestine. I understand limiting entrance to Palestine during the war. Britain simply didn't have the forces on hand to maintain order. Your dad must have experienced the worst of the Arab riots starting in '36. Is it true that the British Army finally permitted Palmach to arm itself in response?
That's tragic that his fiancee was killed that way. Was her bus blown up during the Arab riots?
I'd really be interested in hearing any other experienceds or observations he made during that time.